PASCO, WA – Wednesday was STEM Day in the Tri-Cities. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs locally are well ahead of their time and that has education enthusiasts excited.
For educators, future employers and parents, STEM means a brighter future for our children. Wednesday they broke ground over at the future site of Delta High School in Pasco. It is the first STEM focused high school in Eastern Washington and now they will have a great new facility to expand their learning. Current students placed items in a time capsule set to be placed in the building when it opens in August 2015.
"Classical schools do a great job of giving kids a basic foundation, but there is just a desire from parents, students, administrators and the community to try something different; to take this to the next level," said Tom Yount from the WA STEM Education Foundation.
After the groundbreaking, some of the possible future employers of STEM students were at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce's luncheon. STEM representatives opened up discussion with guests about how STEM will grow locally. Part of that will be starting STEM style education in what they consider our classical schools.
"To bring them to a luncheon and let them interact with the business community is a great insight into what is in store for them when they get out into the work world," said Lori Mattson, President & CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.
"We're looking toward other avenues to help us partner, collaborate and look forward on filling those 23,000 STEM related jobs that go unfilled in this state," said WA 8th District Senator Sharon Brown.
STEM representatives say what they are seeing in the Tri-Cities is something that should be mirrored on the west side with more schools.