Innovative STEM Initiative Launches in Highline Elementary Schools


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Partnering with the Washington Informal Science Education (WISE) Consortium, Highline Public Schools is piloting an innovative program that aims to advance science and engineering learning, interest, and motivation with students at Gregory Heights Elementary and North Hill Elementary.

The WISE Consortium and Highline are designing and implementing a unique, year-long science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning program designed to teach students in grades fourth through eighth to plan and execute authentic research projects that improve the quality of life in their communities.

“We are delighted to partner with WISE to provide our students with first-class STEM learning experiences,” said Gregory Heights Principal Phil Robinson. “I hope this program will inspire our students to become our community’s next scientists and engineers.”

Students and teachers will work closely with the WISE Consortium to conduct their research projects, which will include field trips, mentorships with field experts, and a final presentation at a scientific symposium in the spring.

The yearlong initiative will officially launch in Highline at community celebrations at Gregory Height on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (16201 16th Ave. SW, Burien WA 98166), and North Hill on Nov. 20 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. (19835 8th Ave. S., Seattle WA 98148).

The kick-off events will include a student panel and hands-on activities with the WISE Consortium members.

The WISE Consortium members include the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington, IslandWood, The Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, and Woodland Park Zoo.

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