ESD 113 and Capital STEM Network Receive Grants

Capital Region ESD 113 and the Capital STEM Network have received two Catalyst grants from Washington STEM:

The first grant, Early Math Innovations, provides funding for the ESD to partner with early learning coalitions in all five counties to provide early math events and activities to caregivers of young children (ages birth to 8 years) in rural and remote communities.

This grant will bring fun, engaging and easy-to-play games to community locations where parents and caregivers wait with children – doctor and dentist offices, supermarkets, libraries, and other locations. In addition, our early math partners will host community events that provide enriching and fun math activities for parents, caregivers and young children.

The second grant, Career Pathways, provides funding for the ESD and the Capital STEM Network to hold teacher STEM Café workshops at various business locations around the five-county region. STEM Café workshops are hands-on, small-group professional development experiences for K-12 teachers who want to learn how to inspire and excite their students by merging content standards with applications. Teacher externships are essentially small-group, personalized tours of employer facilities for K-12 teachers who want to establish long-term connections to local employers.

The Career Pathways grant will provide teachers with STEM clock hours, a stipend, meals (for workshops/externships held in the evening or for extended hours), and travel reimbursement. All registration fees, materials, and supplies required for STEM Café workshops and externships will be provided at no cost to teachers. More information will be forthcoming and will be posted to the ESD website under the Career Pathways tab, Career Connected Learning.

Also, thanks to Senator John Braun of the Capital STEM region and Senator Emily Randall of the West Sound STEM region, both regions received a one-year proviso from the legislature. This proviso, worth $300,000, will provide funds to hire FAFSA/WASFA outreach coordinators for each region. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application These coordinators will travel to our most rural and remote communities and offer parents, students and school support personnel information and assistance in completing and submitting the FAFSA and WASFA.