STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. A lesson or unit in a STEM class is typically based around finding a solution to a real-world problem and tends to emphasize project-based learning. Many STEM lessons involve building models and simulating situations, and impactful STEM lessons ensure that students understand the connection to the real world.

STEM education could take place in a separate STEM class or be incorporated into practically any subject and grade level. Of course, science and math classes would be able to directly implement STEM-related lessons. In a social studies class learning about the Industrial Revolution, however, many students may design their own assembly line. OR, in an English class, students may keep a journal about their thinking and research processes while designing a realistic bridge from a fictional novel.

Careers in STEM-related fields are vast and diverse. Some examples include careers in the pharmacy, energy, programming, and engineering fields. However, STEM careers may also take the form of a physician’s assistant, network communications expert, or agricultural professional. Finance, risk analysis, and even athletic training have elements of STEM in them.

The NCESD places a strong emphasis on providing support for STEM education.

STEM Cooperative

Members of the NCESD STEM Cooperative receive multiple benefits within the areas of STEM education.

Contracts are established on a tier structure determined by district FTE.

Member districts include:

Grand Coulee Dam
Lake Chelan
Methow Valley
Moses Lake
Soap Lake
Wilson Creek

For more information, contact Linda McKay

Join us August 11-17 for the 5th Annual STEM Summit!

The 2021 STEM Summit highlights professional learning opportunities for teachers and educational staff members in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics taught by experts and specialists in their fields.

Click here for the most up-to-date information and to register

Apple STEM Network

The Apple STEM Network is a regional alliance of K-12, Higher Ed and community partners in North Central Washington. We represent a diverse region with tremendous potential for STEM industry in agriculture, energy and innovation. With our collective efforts we intend to:

  • Provide a constructive support system for educators who aim to meet the rising challenge for all students to develop 21st century skills and STEM literacy
  • Integrate community mentorship and promote authentic project-based learning and field experiences for all levels of education
  • Engage students in exploring the world of opportunities on the horizon through STEM.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education is an approach to learning that removes the traditional barriers separating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and integrates them into real-world problem solving and relevant learning experiences for students.

STEM in itself is not a curriculum, but rather a way of organizing and delivering instruction by weaving the four disciplines together in intentional ways. Rather than adding two new subjects to the curriculum, the engineering and technology practices are intentionally woven into existing math and science lessons in ways that engage students and help them master 21st century skills.

For more information visit the Apple STEM website or contact Dr. Sue Kane, the NCESD Director of STEM Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships

Apple STEM Network


Understand the World Through Numbers

With the Shift to Common Core, mathematics has begun helping our students dive deeper into content than ever before. Please use this webpage as just one resource to help with that journey.

Mathematics Leadership Alliance:

Click on the MLA Button above for information, resources, and benefits of being part of the MLA, click the link to access the login page. This page is password protected for current MLA Members only.


The Science team at North Central ESD is available to assist school districts in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards, selecting instructional materials, in the use of appropriate technology applications, and in providing professional development. We can provide custom designed in-services ranging from on-site for a single school, to a common location for multiple schools and levels. The North Central ESD Science team works in collaboration with the North Central ESD Math and Literacy team.

In addition, our Regional Science Coordinator who, along with the other Regional Science Coordinators, Math Coordinators and Literacy Coordinators from all ESDs, will be working together with the LASER Alliance  Directors and OSPI to support the development of a statewide science network.

Our Science Department consists of the following teams:

General Science
Mechelle LaLanne
Andy Boyd
Kate Lindholm
Barb Nuxoll 

Science Kit Materials
Mechelle LaLanne
Darlene Robbins
– Jane Schuyleman

Electrical Safety & River of Power
Heather Stringer
Jane Schuyleman

For more information regarding Science, please click here.

Our STEM Staff

Andy Boyd

Regional Math Coordinator and Science Specialist

Cari Haug

Regional Science Coordinator

Kate Lindholm

STEM Education Specialist / GLAD Trainer

Lisa Monahan

STEM Coordinator

Stefan Troutman

Education Technology Specialist

Sue Kane

Director of STEM Initiatives & Strategic Partnerships

Pete Phillips

Executive Director Technology Services

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