Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – July/August 2022

Backpack on a chalkboard

CCL Regional Network

  • The Capital STEM Alliance Executive Steering Committee will hold its Executive Committee meeting on August 16 to share goals and objectives for the near term. Priority goals, Partner Engagement Strategies and sustainable Funding are agenda topics. For more information, please reach out to Lorie Thompson at [email protected].
  • The Construction Trades Apprenticeship Consortium has a new website for those interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades: The website includes video footage of apprenticeship stories as well as a list of construction apprenticeship programs and requirements.
  • The South Sound Waterways Project is a two-day hands-on workshop co-sponsored by the Capital STEM Alliance and the Educating4Leadership Foundation. Come join other educators, business partners, and community members to learn about the T3 Alliance’s philosophy for STEM education as solutions for community-based problems.
    • Growth Mindset:You will engage in language that can help your students and colleagues create a safe environment for failure and struggle towards the messiness of finding solutions.
    • Technology Skills:Using hands-on learning, you will connect with relevant cyber security issues for yourself, your students and your community.
    • Community Engagement:Stepping through the Stanford’s Design Thinking process, we will use their model to work through the issues that are identified by the group and learn techniques to manage projects in real ways with results.


  • Mason County Consortium
    • Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Centerof Mason County is holding two events beginning July 11:
      • Sparks – a free summer camp for youth ages 5-13 impacted by domestic or sexual violence (Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. from July 11-August 26)
      • Find Your Muse – a free summer music program for youth ages 10-18 to explore music as a tool for healing and self-expression (Mondays, 4-5 p.m. from July 22 – August 22). For more information, or to register for either or both events, please click on this link.
    • The Mason County Overdose Awareness Day Walk and Resource Fair is hosting its 6th annual Overdose Awareness Walk and Resource Fair event at Kneeland Park (100 Turner Ave.) in Shelton on August 31st from 3:00-6:00 p.m. For more information, or to submit an application for a booth, please contact Jamie Ellertson at [email protected] or Abe Gardner at [email protected].

STEM Network

  • The Network is proud to partner with Timberland Regional Library and ESD113 Teaching and Learning staff on an Early Math Engagement pilot program beginning this September. Selected Timberland Library branches will have approximately 20 early math backpacks available for checkout. Each backpack will contain a variety of early math activities and materials, resources and books to be enjoyed by adult caregivers and children ages 3-5 years. In addition, ESD113’s regional administrators in early learning, math and special education will offer support to early educators in locations included in the pilot to better align early math concepts and learning strategies.
  • The Upward Bound Shelton program has collaborated with ESD113 to develop and conduct three financial aid awareness workshops, with a focus on three topics: 1) The value of a college education and how to pay for it; Financial Aid, loans and scholarship information; 2) the financial aid process award and investing wisely in college; and 3) student loan process and award acceptance. Below you will find financial Aid Awareness videos in English, Spanish and M’am will be available on the ESD113 and Evergreen College websites beginning in July.
  • Yelm Community Schools is hosting its second annual STEMKAMP 2022 Family Day on August 12 at Yelm Middle School. The STEMKAMP team is inviting STEM professionals from throughout the Capital region who can share information about upcoming career exploration and preparation opportunities (i.e. summer internships) and year-long STEM learning. This is a great opportunity to expose students and families to the wide world of STEM related careers!
    This is a US Department of Defense STEM Innovation grant with nine other districts across the USA. Goshen Education received this grant last year and will fund this camp for three consecutive summers. Yelm Community Schools hosts the only STEMKAMP in the state of WA! If you would be interested in setting up a table at this event, please contact [email protected] for information. More information at this link.

    • DATE | Friday, August 12, 2022
    • TIME | 8:30 AM set up. Parents and students will have access from 9:00–1:00 PM
    • LOCATION | Yelm Middle School 402 W Yelm Ave., Yelm, WA 98597
    • AUDIENCE | Students in Grades 3–8 and their families

For more information, please click on this link to the STEMKAMP flyer.