SMATE and Local Partnerships

SMATE Partnerships Bridge Formal and Informal Learning

Students for Salmon

salmon leaping as it swims upstream
Partnership: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Assoc.

In Winter & Spring quarters 2022 SCED 480/490 students developed and piloted curriculum for NSEA's Students for Salmon program in partnership with local area teachers.

Forest School

WWU students accompanied third grade students on the full-day field trip to the Gordon Carter Conservation site
Partnership: North Cascades Institute

WWU Science Education students developed, refined and helped implement the curriculum for Forest School.

Virtual Science Fair

Hands pouring colored liquids into Erlenmeyer flask
Partnership: Bellingham School District

WWU Science Education designed and ran a virtual science fair program during the Covid-19 pandemic


Student develops an understanding of how energy flows through circuits by building a circuit
Partnership: SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

WWU Science Education students developed, implemented, and refined curriculum to complement field trips to the museum.

Science, Engineering & Society

Line drawings of STEM Icons
Partnership: Mount Vernon School District

High school science teachers and Western faculty are building a new 9th grade physical science course with units centered on issues of equity and justice within the Skagit Valley.

SEEK Grant

Partnerships: Cordata Elementary, Bellingham Evergreen Elementary, Sedro-Woolley Jefferson Elementary, Mt. Vernon Sumas Elementary, Sumas

This NSF funded project is working to develop highly qualified teacher leaders in science at elementary grade levels.

Science Learning Continues

Virtual Conference on a laptop
Partnership: Bellingham School District

As part of their science education methods courses, WWU Science Education students during the Covid-19 pandemic created science content for early release days.