2017–18: Year 5 of the 5-Year STEM Initiative
During the first 3 years of the donor-supported Elementary STEM Initiative developed and implemented with our Bellevue School District partners, engineering design challenges were introduced at every grade level from preschool to 5th grade, along with after-school STEM enrichment in robotics and coding at all 17 Bellevue elementary schools, and teachers got training in STEM concepts and instructional skills.
In year 4, the initiative enabled the District to pilot and adopt new curriculum to replace nearly 20-year-old science materials and expand teacher professional development.
Now in its final year 5, the Foundation funding for this initiative enables implementation of the new STEM curriculum in all elementary schools–enough kits that each school has its own permanent set of materials.
Over the course of the Initiative, Foundation donors have invested $1.3 million to ensure that every student has access to high-quality STEM education and the skills they need in the 21st century.