March 25, 2014
Team Spartronics Heads to Portland for PNW Championship Competition
- Needs to Raise Funds
The students participating in Team Spartronics are fundraising for their upcoming April trip to Portland. 
Can you help them raise money to go to the FIRST Robotics PNW Championship?   
Click the link below to support the team:
They have just 12 days for their Rookie team to raise $4000 for the registration fee. Their families are paying for everything else such as food and lodging.
Every dollar counts, fully tax deductible, 100% goes to FIRST Robotics Team 4195 - just put Robotics Team on the second step under "Dedicate Your Donation," when donating online.
Please share this information to help send them to Portland.
Summer STEM+ Camp Dates:
Parents mark your calendars!  The BISD Summer STEM+ Dates are now official:
Elementary STEM+ Camp (Students completing Grades 1-3): July 21-July 24 from 845 – 315 at Wilkes 
Middle School STEM+ Camp  (Students completing Grades 4-6): July 28-July 31 from 845-315 at Woodward
Expert Classes  run during the same weeks as the camps and may have an independent location.    We hope to have beginner and advanced classes for coding, robotics and other classes this summer.
Look for our catalog of offerings in April!  

Bainbridge Island STEM in the News:
FBLA - BHS Competitors Dominate
On February 8th fifty BHS Future Business Leaders of America members competed in the Peninsula Region FBLA Winter Competition. BHS students earned 42 top five placings in the various competitions offered. These competitions included topics such as, Economics, Introduction to Technology Concepts, Network Design, Business Calculations, Business Communications, Global Business, Sports & Entertainment Management, and Marketing. Students placing in the top 5 at the regional competition will continue onto state in April with a chance to advance to nationals this June.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Check out our new publication, the STEM Echo Dec 2013!  
Here's a great article from Inside Bainbridge on one of this year's popular Robotics Grants. 
STEM Enrichment Opportunity
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is looking for amazing 10th and 11th grade girls in Seattle with a passion for technology and an interest in learning to code for their first Seattle-based 2014 Summer Immersion Program hosted by Microsoft.

They are hosting an information session at the Impact Hub Seattle on Thursday February 13th. Join them from 5:00-6:30 pm to learn more about the program, its impact on past participants, and tips for submitting a successful application. This is also a great chance to meet the Girls Who Code staff, hear from the Microsoft team, and meet other leading women in the industry.

Students, parents and educators are encouraged to attend, so please share this with your community! 

Who: YOU + Girls Who Code 
Where: Impact Hub Seattle at 220 2nd Ave S
When: Thursday, February 13th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
41K Ocean Acidification Grant -
 This is an Inside Bainbridge article detailing the recent 3M Partnership Grant that will teach Ocean Acidification to our Advanced Placement Environmental Science students.  
STEAM Camp Video -  Here is last summer's Intermediate STEAM Camp Video by Collin Costello: STEAM Camp! 

The Murden Cove Watershed Project.  This is an amazing set of partnerships with our students at the very center of this citizen scientist effort. A great example of STEM learning!
The original 3M grant awarded to Islandwood involved creating an adapted curriculum for the District's Grade 5 students.  The Water Resources Council provided expert consultation to the 3M Grant and later developed a more comprehensive approach to the overall watershed project.  On the basis of this comprehensive approach, a National Estuary Program Grant has since been awarded.  For more information about the Murden Cove Watershed Project, click here.
The Bainbridge Island STEM Initiative
Great STEM activities are happening here in the Bainbridge Island School District.  Math literacy (numeracy) with Zeno Math, Science Activity Nights, ST Math, STEM Summer Camp and much more underway.  Stay tuned by connecting to the Bainbridge Island STEM group on Linked In or visit the STEM Blog! page--even better, RSS to the Blog and keep up with all things STEM.  
The Bainbridge Island School District Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative has been made possible by the generous support of the Bainbridge Island Schools Foundation.  
While the Mission of this initiative is designed to encourage students to consider STEM related fields after they graduate from High School, it's really much more.   At its heart, we hope that this initiative may help students find their love for learning and help them to develop a sustained interest in what they are passionate about. 
Please do take a few moments to peruse some of the resources or if you have any questions about the STEM Initiative please don't hesitate to contact:  
9-12 STEM: Juliette Brown  206 855 0471 (
K-8 STEM: Gregory J. Moncada, 206 780 1068 (