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STEM Initiatives & Career Readiness Colleagues,

Times are uncertain and we are all learning new ways of working and living. Our team wants you to know that we all are continuing to work on our programs and offer you our support during this time. Below you will find some timely opportunities and ways to connect while working from home and developing virtual teaching plans.

Beyond these resources, everyone on the STEM/Career Connected Learning Team is committed to supporting you through this time. If you need a thought partner on virtual lesson development, support on using Google Classroom/Canvas/Moodle/ZOOM, want a team member to visit your virtual PLC or anything else you can think of - please reach out!

Our newsletter will come weekly moving forward. Please stay safe, and take care of each other!


STEM Storylines virtual trainings

Virtual training for our STEM Storylines will be available for you starting 3/30/20. Please check here for new training videos.

Sci-Ops: Global Defense game FREE

Plasma Education is DONATING their National Science Foundation award winning resource, Sci-Ops: Global Defense, as a special effort to help Washington maintain quality education during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Washington science teachers can have INSTANT ACCESS to Sci-Ops: Global Defense. Sci-Ops fuses rigorous science standards with real-world applications and in-demand STEM career pathways -- all inside of entertainment-quality gameplay that students and teachers love! Sci-Ops delivers best-in-the-world results and is backed by independent North Carolina State University research.
  • Webinars March 25th, and Friday, March 27th at 11:00 and 3:00 for additional teacher training.


STEM/Aerial Robotics Virtual PLC webinar

Randy Steele with FIRST WA will be offering weekly virtual STEM/Aerial Robotics PLC sessions. Beginning tonight at 6:30pm, and continuing each Monday until April 20, we will hold a Go-To-Meeting Webinar to answer questions around:
  • Elementary STEM Robotics, including WeDo 2.0 and the new EV3/chromebook Elementary STEM Robotics curricula
  • CTE STEM Robotics 101, including the new CTE Lab Science Course Equivalency
  • The new Spike Prime robot hardware, software and curriculum resources
  • Aerial Robotics 101, including free K-12 curricula for using drones for STEAM & CS
  • Latest news on PD workshop availability

Here’s how to connect:

STEM/Aerial Robotics Virtual PLC Webinar
Monday, 6:30pm (March 23 thru April 20)
Please join the PLC from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311
- One-touch: tel:+18722403311,,220632445#
Access Code: 220-632-445

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:


McGraw Hill: Straight Talk Newsletter

Straight Talk is a series of webinars with experts in literacy to help you navigate topics such as dyslexia, inegrating literacy instruction into other subjects and tools for teaching literacy online.


Beyond the Worksheet Packet - Adaptable Ideas for PBL in Remote Learning

We know many of you are deeply involved in implementing project-based and problem-oriented learning in your classrooms. This blog has ideas on how to keep the momentum going while in a closure.

If you’d like to video chat with one of our PBL Coaches during school closure - please reach out to Kristina Wambold! We are here to support your idea development, implementation questions, suggest technology tools and general troubleshooting!

Lemonopolis! (Entrepreneurship, Math, ELA and 21st Century Skills for Grades 3-5)

Lemonopolis an online, interactive version of the Lemonade Day program. A virtual world where youth learn everything they need to know about starting, owning, and operating their own business -a lemonade stand. Here is a two minute video/overview of Lemonopolis. The program contains 15 lessons in the tutorial through 4 modules (Set a Goal, Make a Plan, Work the Plan and Achieve Your dreams. Each lesson includes an introductory video and one to three interactions, Action Steps for Lemonade Day preparations and a points achievement system.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will be providing an offline companion called My Journal providing students and families with a place to record their Business Plan, results and reflections throughout their Lemonade Day Experience. It appears similar to the Guide. This program is targeted towards third through fifth grades.

Each lesson in Lemonopolis can be completed within 10-20 minutes. The Work the Plan module will take additional time as it encourages real world activities in preparation for Lemonade Day.

How Will Kids Access Lemonopolis?

To get started, students will register for Lemonade Day on the website. After completed registration kiddos will have immediate access to Lemonopolis. They will Login to Lemonopolis by visiting and use the username and password that you are provided upon registration. REGISTRATION WILL BE READY IN APPROXIMATELY ONE WEEK.


Day-At-Work Videos from ConnectED Studios

Hundreds of short videos from 18 industry sectors to support career exploration for students in middle and high school.

Are you familiar with Washington STEM’s Career-Connected Learning Framework?

Our team at Career Connect SW is currently creating a series of online courses about the framework in general and each of its components - Awareness, Exploration, Preparation, and Launch. Look for details in our next newsletter!
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