STEM in FWPS
Learn about STEM/STEAM Opportunities at FWPS
In Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS), STEM stands for more than just science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Whether your child envisions building the next skyscraper in the Seattle Skyline, or developing the newest virtual reality gaming experience, STEM and STEAM (STEM with an emphasis on the arts), learning that takes place in FWPS will prepare them to explore these possibilities.
We know by the time a scholar is in fifth or sixth grade, many have made a decision about their interest/ability to hold a STEM job. Also, did you know 37 percent of all King County jobs are in the STEM fields? This means we must do everything we can to introduce and encourage our students to see themselves as mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, machinists, emergency medical technicians and other careers that don’t exist yet.
That’s why FWPS provides multiple STEM opportunities for each scholar from kindergarten through high school graduation. We currently have STEM/STEAM project based learning lighthouse schools at TAF@Saghalie 6-12, Woodmont K–8 and Nautilus K–8 with the goal of creating a STEM Region.
From elementary school exploratory learning opportunities to middle and high school college-preparatory courses, FWPS is paving the STEM path for your child to be successful in college, career and beyond.
FWPS engages scholars with STEM at all sites including:
Hour of Code activities
High quality curriculum with STEM embedded
Other STEM learning includes:
STEM Summer Learning opportunities are available to elementary, middle and high school scholars.
STEM tasks integrated into science and math lessons.
- Courses at middle and high school including engineering, digital manufacturing and robotics.
- Ignite, which provides mentors and internships for underrepresented scholars at local companies like Microsoft and Boeing.
- Girls in Engineering Club with professionals as mentors.
- STEM After-School Clubs.
- Computer science curriculum focused on coding and robotics.
- Annual STEM Exploration Night