Update: Gov. Inslee visits West Seattle’s K-5 STEM

(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
1:33 PM: Shortly after announcing his budget proposal with a focus on school funding, Gov. Jay Inslee proceeded directly to a trailblazing school in West Seattle – K-5 STEM, at the Boren building on Delridge. He’s there now visiting with students (kindergarteners in our cameraphone photo) and staff, and we’ll have full coverage later.

ADDED 4:27 PM: No speeches – just the governor going room to room, talking to students, who were eager to capture the moment:

He took a turn launching a pulley-propelled rocket:

The governor is the son of a science teacher, he pointed out along the way, and grew up nearby – he talked about how his dad taught chemistry and biology at Chief Sealth and Garfield high schools.

A lesson in pollination, he observed, was comparable to what his dad had taught high-school kids, so STEM students are learning what wasn’t available till higher grades decades ago.

Enthusiasm abounded as the governor talked to students about their projects and asked if they were hoping to become scientists when they grow up:

He also spoke with STEM principal Dr. Shannon McKinney about her trailblazing new school, in its final months of its first year:

West Seattle’s school-board rep Marty McLaren – herself a former math teacher – joined the STEM tour too:

Just before heading to West Seattle, the governor had gone public with his budget blueprint, which you can see here. Note on page 11, one cornerstone directly relevant to his visit this afternoon:

Design statewide strategy to improve STEM education ($10.9M)*

P.S. More photos from the visit can be found on the K-5 STEM PTA’s website.

16 Replies to "Update: Gov. Inslee visits West Seattle's K-5 STEM"

  • bsmomma March 28, 2013 (2:20 pm)

    Last night my daughter (who goes to STEM) asked me what I’d say if the Governor talked to me. So cute that they are all so excited about his visit!

  • AlkiMom2.0 March 28, 2013 (2:24 pm)

    I think it’s great that Gov. Inslee is emphasizing eduction in his budget proposal and that he visited West Seattle STEM today – what a treat for staff and kids who’ve worked so hard to bring a concept to fruition! Now if we could only get the school district to make a commitment on the future of the school… :)

  • Stemama March 28, 2013 (2:42 pm)

    My kids are at STEM too- and they both were so excited to meet Gov. Inslee. Looking forward to hearing about his remarks & the kids impressions!

  • Wsmama3 March 28, 2013 (4:23 pm)

    Thanks for the coverage WSB. We are really proud of our school, teachers, and students. It was a unique experience for our kids and an honor to show off the work and dedication of the STEM community. – Robin

    • WSB March 28, 2013 (4:31 pm)

      Just added the rest of the story/photos from our side. I hear the PTA posted some and will add that link when I find it!

  • MercyMoi March 28, 2013 (5:13 pm)

    Look at our little n’ mighty scientists! Thanks for linking the PTA site as well – they’ve posted some wonderful photos. I hope this kind of publicity helps us in our cause for recognition and permanence.

  • Heidi A March 28, 2013 (9:20 pm)

    Thanks for the coverage!

  • A. March 28, 2013 (9:28 pm)

    Good luck with the permanence. There is no transparency in this district. They can’t be trusted. Get ready for your “school” to become a program.

  • Brontosaurus March 28, 2013 (10:16 pm)

    Thanks for the great coverage WSB (it was good to meet Patrick today). My son was so excited about the Governor’s visit, and really enjoyed it. I was very impressed with Jay Inslee, he was great with the kids and really knows his science!

  • evergreen March 28, 2013 (10:45 pm)

    Mr. Gluck and his class are in one of the photos. He is an outstanding teacher. The STEM school has been so incredibly successful thus far because of the talent and dedication of our teachers. I just want to say thank you.

  • Anne March 29, 2013 (7:59 am)

    @evergreen is right. The teachers are incredible and it is their creativity, skill and love of teaching that shows in what the kids learn every day–not just when cameras are in the room. Thanks to Gov. Inslee for showing an interest in all the good work being done by kids and teachers at the school.

  • DW March 29, 2013 (8:11 am)

    Hopefully this type of attention spurs the district to give STEM its own modern, permanent home (Fairmont Park, hint, hint)

  • kazzmere March 29, 2013 (8:21 am)

    Gov Inslee asked my 1st grade daughter what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her answer: Agricultural Engineer :) Yay, science!

  • Ex-Westwood Resident March 29, 2013 (4:48 pm)

    Yes, Gov Inslee cares so much about our educational services…NOT!!!
    The education budget is facing a $1.3 BILLION shortfall, yet he is ready to sign a bill, co-sponsored by Cody and Fitzgibbon, that will give financial aid to ILLEGAL ALIENS.
    Now if the state was “flush” with money and the education budget was FULLY funded then I could understand his desire to grant that. Not that I agree with it.
    IMO the ONLY thing ILLEGAL ALIENS deserve is a bus ticket back to where they came from.

  • Evergreen March 29, 2013 (6:34 pm)

    I 100% disagree with you, Ex-Westwood Resident.

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