Grant to support STEM school
Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. This grant will support the development of curriculum for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School that is scheduled to open in fall 2012. This school will draw students from throughout the district, as one of its Choice schools.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced today $6.6 million in grants to organizations, with over $3.3 million to groups in Washington state. LWSD is the only K-12 school district to receive one of the 58 grants awarded by the Foundation during this grant cycle.
“This grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will give us needed tools to develop a STEM School that fosters scientific minds, creative thinking and intellectual risk taking,” noted LWSD Superintendent, Dr. Chip Kimball. “This new school will develop an academic STEM program that is grounded in problem or project-based experiences.”
Principal Cindy Duenas said, “We are grateful for this funding, which will help with our curriculum and instruction design work as well as doing professional learning for all staff. It will allow us to do the research and learning as a team to make sure our plan works not only in our school but in science education across our district.”
In addition to funding for curriculum and instruction design work and professional development, the grant will also fund lab design and implementation for four STEM laboratories.
The school, which has yet to formally be named, will open in the fall of 2012 with 150 ninth grade students and 150 10th grade students. In fall of 2013, an additional class will be added and by the fall of 2014, the school will serve grades nine through 12. Students in their eleventh and twelfth grade year will select a STEM lab to participate in that will focus on applied problem solving and projects in the STEM disciplines. Other high schools in the district are considering STEM pathways for their students as well so that all students in Lake Washington have access to rigorous and relevant STEM experiences.