The Science and Math Institute (SAMI) and Stewart Middle School in Tacoma are among six educational entities chosen to serve as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors to other schools in the state.
A total of five schools and one school district have been named Lighthouse mentor schools by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Each entity will be awarded $20,000 to help promote and develop STEM education. They will offer technical assistance and advice for other middle schools and high schools that are creating their own STEM environments.
In addition to SAMI and Stewart, other Lighthouse schools include Eastmont Junior High School in the Eastmont School District, the Secondary Academy for Success in the Northshore School District and Toppenish High School. The Odessa School District has been named a Lighthouse district.
STEM Lighthouse schools originated in 2010 with the Legislature’s passage of House Bill 2621. The schools are chosen to serve as resources and examples of how to combine small, personalized learning communities, an interdisciplinary curriculum with a STEM focus, a project-based instructional approach and active partnerships with businesses and the local community to connect learning beyond the classroom.