The STEM Committee of Anacortes Schools Foundation raises funds for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Enrichment programs in Anacortes School District. These funds support the following annual activities:
4th Grade— Electricity and Magnetism. All district fourth graders take a field trip to the Spark Museum in Bellingham as part of their study of electricity and magnetism
5th Grade— Marine Ecosystems. Students spend a full day at Rosario Beach studying tide pools, marine ecosystems and further examine marine life led by practicing marine biologists.
6th Grade— KidWind. A program where student teams pursue an engineering project focusing on renewable energy. Students apply creativity, collaboration, design, inquiry and testing to create a wind turbine. These turbines are tested for their efficiency in producing energy in controlled environment wind tunnel. Students are required to document their successes/failures and adjustments and formally present their results. The results are compared within the district and against schools nationwide.
Middle School (7 & 8 grade):
1. STEM Sampler—In the late spring, all students participate in this special offering that was launched in June, 2015. Sixteen STEM workshops are offered over two days. Students select 4 of the 3-hr. workshops. Workshops include such topics as: Marine Biology, Astronomy, Crime Scene Markers, Sports & Statistics, Forest Field Studies, 3D Imaging, Medical Technology, Intro to Computer Programming and more.
2. Planetarium Bubbles—In association with their study of the solar system, all 8th graders experience a lesson in the portable planetarium bubbles from the Pacific Science Center.
3. STEM Camp—A summertime day-camp offered by ASF at Anacortes Middle School. Campers pursue two STEM Workshops during this weeklong camp that runs from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Serves campers and their families throughout the region. Fee based, but partial scholarships are available. For 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
Anacortes High School Robotics Team has provided workshops for STEM Camp and assisted in other STEM fundraising activities. The result is that donations have been made back to this program in recognition of their involvement and leadership. The team has as many as 90 students in its program annually.
Career Day—In February, all high school students select four of 35 career seminars offered where practicing professionals describe their work and what it took to get there.
Grants are available to high school instructors or clubs that pursue STEM oriented programs.