• I’m not Hispanic, so it was great to learn about the culture of Latino students and about the programs that are helping them get to college and become citizens. They really want to make a difference in the United States.

    Chad Desjardins

STEM Learning Projects

Washington STEM: An Afterschool STEM Program for Hispanic Students

21st Century, Qunicy and Highland, WA

Washington STEM and NLA have teamed up! In this year-long program, students will learn about alternative energy production in Central Washington by directly observing wind energy creation at Wild Horse Wind Farms and hydroelectric energy sites affiliated with the Grant County Public Utility District. Students will meet and interact with real STEM professionals during visits to the facilities, and before and after each field trip, students will work in small groups to generate their own questions and answers as they seek clarity and understanding in the subject matter.

Two Northwest Learning and Achievement Group afterschool projects in the low-income, isolated, rural central Washington school districts of Highland and Quincy will each involve at least 25 middle school students, with an additional 12 high school students in Quincy, in STEM learning opportunities associated with alternative energy in central Washington.The afterschool programs will involve teacher training and direct educational experiences for the students.

To read more about Washington STEM and their programs, CLICK HERE.

In the News, Crosscut: Stem Education in Rural Washington


Hanford Engineers Week Competition

21st Century World Citizens Program, Mattawa, WA

36 students from Wahluke High School’s 21st Century program were among the participants in the Handford Engineers Week Competition in Pasco, WA in February. Participants formed teams of 3-4 students to solve hands-on engineering challenges. This introduction to real-life engineering situations allowed students to envision careers in the engineering field in which they would be tasked with turning a set of parameters into a viable design. This is the first year that Wahluke students have participated in the competition, and it was so rewarding that plans for next year are already in the works!


Digipen Video Game Programming Project

21st Century Quincy, WA

DigiPen was truly a successful program in our site last year. We served a total of 25 high school and middle school students who were fully engaged in the creation and programing of video game software. Students were given live instruction over an online, streamed connection from a certified DigiPen expert who carefully guided all students to the completion of their mini-games.

Students were expected to create their own video game using ProjectFun software (DigiPen tools). Due to the high amounts of non relevant context, many students were a bit frustrated beginning the pilot. However, after a few sessions, students were able to make out and implement their gaming instincts to their creations. Using math and technology skills learned and a little imagination, students were able to create amazing games that caught the attention of many--even John White, Undersecretary of Education for Technology!

For a glimpse at what several students created, CLICK HERE.

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