One of the best ways to bring STEM to life for students is through hands-on experience and practical application. Washington STEM is committed to uniting STEM professionals and educators across our state.
Last month, Washington STEM forged a partnership between Lease Crutcher Lewis, a Northwest general contractor founded in 1886, and Lincoln Center’s after school STEM club in Tacoma.
Students and Lewis engineers, led by company president Gary Smith, work on real-world design projects—from the construction and engineering challenges faced in the Lincoln High School renovation project, which Lewis led in 2007, to a recent cement pour at a current construction site in downtown Seattle.
Lee Ann Love, a science teacher and department chair, founded the STEM club to boost the school’s STEM offerings and spur student success in critical subjects like math and science.
“Students are working with STEM professionals to apply math and science to the design of real buildings, determining cost reduction measures, increasing environmental sustainability, and calculating the volume of cement needed for construction” said Love. “By connecting STEM to the real world, the club exposes students to math, science, and engineering in ways that inspire young minds and increase understanding.”
Lewis’s engagement with the STEM club coincides with a $125,000 gift to Washington STEM from Lewis CEO Bill Lewis in honor of the company’s 125th anniversary. Bill also serves on Washington STEM’s board of directors.
“Washington state is a national leader in STEM industries,” said Bill Lewis. “It is time for the innovation that drives our economy to be part of the experience in our schools. We, as STEM professionals, have a responsibility to make this happen, and Washington STEM can help us.”