Meet our grantees: STEM Cohort 2

The second cohort of grantees from the Discoveries from the Field Fund will work independently and as a group to directly serve the children, parents and caregivers in Washington state.

They are in the first funding stage of three. In the first phase, each organization will receive $35,000 to design and implement STEM early learning projects in their communities. In addition, each organization is eligible for two more phases of funding, allowing them to further refine their outcome measures and to develop scalable models for use statewide.




Seattle Children’s Museum

King, San Juan, Walla Walla and Whatcom counties
Self-contained mobile units with STEM-related books will travel the state to be exhibited at museums in rural or less populated areas, as well as libraries, social service agencies and others. Each Books and a Box unit will have up to 18 activities and 12 books; an extension is Chapters in a Box, which will contain a table top’s worth of interactive STEM activities. Program staff, educators and/or caregivers will have a curriculum guide to connect the activities to the text in each of the books.

Burke Museum

Clallam, Grant and King counties
Underserved preschool children in rural and tribal communities will get to experience the mobile museum at public events, then take ideas and materials home for follow-up activities. In partnership with the North Olympic Library System (NOLS), the Royal City, Forks, and Port Angeles School districts, and the Quileute and Lower Elwha Klallam tribes, Burke will gain knowledge about how to expand these efforts statewide.

Frye Art Museum

Seattle First Hill
As part of an expansion of Small Frye: Storytelling in the Galleries, children will experience not only a story time, but also an arts-infused STEM activity in the Frye art studio. For example: printing, clay modeling or painting. Parents can continue the theme at home with reading lists provided by Seattle Public Library. (Priority registration will be given to the children and families in the immediate neighborhood.)

Hands On Children’s Museum

Thurston County
The Young Makers Program will be the early learning component of the Hands On Museum’s popular MakeSpace Program, which engages young children and their families in math and science learning through tinkering, making things and using real tools. Children will learn early concepts of electricity, engineering and science through projects such as creating play-dough circuits, making musical instruments and sewing. With the help of local builders, the museum staff will construct a toddler-sized Young Makers Mobile Shop so that young children can safely experiment with tools.

Imagine Children’s Museum

Snohomish County
Imagine Children’s Museum will expand access to the most effective approach to STEM education for the early years, including playful, hands-on STEM activities. Working with Child Care Aware, Imagine will prioritize engagement with children, families, and teachers from financially and academically under-resourced child care centers. A rigorously tested STEM curriculum developed for culturally diverse, bilingual Head Start programs in Miami will serve as a guide.