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June 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Your voices: What does STEM mean to you?



Armando Bravo

Armando Bravo

STEM for me is an opportunity for success.
What better way to experience the work field or major you would like to be in? Consider taking a STEM class — you won’t regret it.

Armando Bravo, Toppenish High School (Toppenish)




Daniel Doan

Daniel Doan

STEM is unity. It is that awareness of knowing who has what to offer — and everyone has something to offer. Simply put, it’s this idea of coming together as a whole to contribute that final product or that final play or that final grade.

—Daniel Doan, Cleveland High School (Seattle)


Christina Lindberg

STEM is the part of my education that is preparing me for the real world. As science expands, so should the material being taught in order to make kids ready for future jobs. It doesn’t help to teach the same curriculum they had 10 years ago because science has expanded since then, and so should the curriculum.

—Christina Lindberg, Inglemoor High School (Kenmore)


Sjon Quinn

This program is a place where I can focus on what interests me. I can get into the mindset to do what I need to do and focus without paying attention to outside distractions. The class feels like the most productive and helpful class that is offered because it emulates a much more project-based learning system where what is done is what you think should be done and needs to be done. There is no better class that I could have taken this year that would have helped me as much to put me into the mindset I wanted for life after high school.

—Sjon Quinn, Inglemoor High School (Kenmore)

STEM means to me that I can learn a variety of subjects in all my classes. With STEM, you can make more connections with all your classes — especially science and math. STEM makes you think outside the box because STEM opens up possibilities.

—Alivia Sanders, Cleveland High School (Seattle)

My definition of STEM means better preparation from our school in Toppenish for the most popular jobs out there. It helps us learn what colleges are looking for and also teaches us about the science of life and what our bodies do.

—Victoria Sanchez, Toppenish High School (Toppenish)

For more on how Washington schools are rethinking STEM education, check out our Sunday story and related coverage.

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