Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – September 2022

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STEM Network

  • Yelm Middle School hosted its second year of STEMKAMP activities last month. STEMKAMP is a US Department of Defense STEM Innovation grant with nine other districts across the USA. Goshen Education received this grant last year and is funding this camp for three consecutive summers. We are the only STEMKAMP in the state of WA
    The grant and camp is focused for children of active duty military parents. 150 students applied for the 125 available spots. The camp also has children of veterans, retirees, and non-military families.  Here are some photos from the activities portion of the event.
  • Congresswomen Marilyn Strickland is currently hosting the 2022 Congressional App Challenge for students in Washington’s 10thCongressional District, which includes Thurston and Mason Counties. This year’s competition runs from June 15th-November 1st, 2022. Find more information here!The Congressional App Challenge is the official computer science competition of the House of Representatives. It was created to highlight and support students in STEM education.  Since its inception in 2013, over 30,000 middle and high school students have participated in the Congressional App Challenge across 308 Congressional Districts.Students can work by themselves or in teams of up to four students to create an app using the coding language of their choosing. Additionally, students may have created an app in the past year, and they can submit that app as long as it was created after November 1st, 2021. The Congressional App Challenge urges all students to enter the competition, as it encourages critical thinking and creativity for those of all computer science experience levels.To learn more about the rules, prizes, and registration, you can visit their website. Students can register directly through that website. I’ve also attached a flyer with more information. Please let me know if any of your students/alumni are interested or if I can answer any questions.  Thank you for your work advocating for the next generation of leaders in STEM.

CCL Regional Network

  • Career Connect Washington Program Builder RFP Updates: The Capital STEM Alliance is thrilled to support the following organizations in their Round 9 proposals to become regional program builders:
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington – career explore in technology
    • Grays Harbor Youth Works – career prep in auto repair
    • Olympia School District – career explore in youth leadership
    • GRuB – career prep in agriculture and natural resources

For organizations considering submitting a proposal in future rounds, Employment Security Dept. anticipates publishing its Round 10 RFP in November 2022, with Round 11 to follow, hopefully in March 2023. Please reach out to either Lorie or Cecily with any questions regarding these RFPs.

  • The Capital STEM Alliance has an opening for a Career Connected Learning Specialist, to support a variety of complex support services to the Capital STEM Alliance at ESD 113, participating as a STEM/CCL Regional Network and Career Connect Washington team member with responsibility for the initiation and development of career-connected learning opportunities for youth in the Capital region. View the complete job description and submit an application.
  • Good Jobs Challenge grant – The Washington Student Achievement Council was one of 32 recipients of the federal Good Jobs Challenge grant, in the amount of $23.5 million. Find more information about the grant.
  • National Apprenticeship Week – In honor of the 85th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act, the 8th Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will take place this year from November 14-20, 2022. NAW is an opportunity to celebrate Registered Apprenticeship and host events to bring awareness on how it provides a critical talent pipeline to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as providing good jobs, rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, addressing critical supply chain demands, supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, and responding to care economy issues. Check out our website for tools to help plan, register and promote your NAW event. LEARN MORE
  • SAVE THE DATE: The Capital STEM Alliance is hosting its 3rd annual Cross Sector Summit on October 11 at Centralia College, from 9:00-12:00. This year’s theme is “A Forest of Opportunity: Braiding education, industry, and community supports to grow family wage career pathways.” Look for more information in the October newsletter.


  • Lewis County Thrives
    • United Way of Lewis County is seeking volunteers for their Reading Buddies program. The United Way Reading Buddies program brings community volunteers to elementary schools across Lewis County to support students to third grade with grade level reading success! Reading Buddies volunteer one hour/week in elementary school classrooms, providing mentor ship to students who need extra support building the literacy skills needed to achieve grade-level reading success. Volunteering as a Reading Buddy builds meaningful relationships with young children, giving them the confidence and skills for a bright future. Become a volunteer Reading Buddy! Sign up through our Volunteer Lewis link on our website,, or call 360–748–8100. For more information, please click on this link to the flyer.
    • Family Education Support Services is holding two FREE – QPR suicide prevention certification courses (Question, Persuade, Refer) on September13 and 27 from 3:30-5 p.m. Skills and topics include: –How Suicide is a Public Health Emergency –Recognizing Risk Factors & Warning Signs of Suicide –Understanding the Myths & Facts of Suicide –Learning About Direct and Indirect Clues of Someone At Risk for Suicide –Learn About the Behavioral Clues Related to Suicide –Learn the Situational Clues Related to Suicide –Question – Learn How to Ask About Suicide (and Learn How NOT to Ask About Suicide) Persuade – Learn How to Influence a Person to Seek Ongoing Help Refer – Learn How to Refer and Support a Person. Find more information!