Olympic Educational Service District 114

Serving the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas

West Sound STEM

What is a STEM Network?

A STEM Network is an action-oriented partnership of multiple organizations within a defined geographic area, working in concert toward the common goal of student success in STEM. This community-based strategy engages schools, nonprofits, businesses, and others to drive innovation and improvements in STEM teaching and learning at a systems level.

Why a STEM Network?

While teachers are the number one driver of student academic performance, teachers cannot do it alone. We must leverage all the assets of a community to support the effectiveness of teachers and the success of students. The STEM business community is a key partner is improving STEM education for our students.     

Previous efforts to improve student learning outcomes in STEM have fallen short for many reasons, including a lack of agreed upon goals, the inability to overcome barriers, or because certain groups were not at the table. Bringing key stakeholders together into a STEM Network represents an opportunity to mitigate such risks and reach a tipping point for system change.

What the West Sound Network is doing:

  • Working cooperatively and collaboratively to strengthen the implementation of STEM innovations
  • Leveraging efforts to garner more resources
  • Generating priorities and consolidating initiatives
  • Providing a two-way communication conduit.
  • Responding to emerging needs and adapting to changes 


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  • Increase STEM literacy for all students, including those who do not pursue STEM-related careers or additional study in the STEM disciplines. 
  • Expand the STEM-capable workforce and broaden the participation of women and minorities in that workforce. 
  • Expand the number of students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields and broaden the participation of women.