What are STEM Schools?

Schools are working to prepare our students for an ever-increasing global society dependent on understanding and using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). One approach is to provide integrated STEM learning opportunities across the school and in conjunction with community partners. For more information, check out this Great School’s article.

In the fall of 2012, Portland Metro STEM Partnership began working with seven schools that wanted to become STEM Transformation Schools. Over the course of four years, these schools have become rich STEM learning environments that foster student STEM Identity by helping students apply their learning, becoming avid problem solvers, designers, and investigators.

In the fall of 2016, we will embark with a new cohort of STEM schools entering the planning phase.

Considering becoming a STEM School?

Whether you’re wanting to integrate STEM learning opportunities across the school, connect with community partners to expand STEM learning to beyond the building, or just want to learn more, we can help you:

  • Connect to STEM Partner Schools
  • Develop community partnerships
  • Access Equipment and Resources through our Equipment Lending Library

What are STEM Schools Achieving?

National and state recognition! Two of our STEM partner schools, Highland Park Middle School and Quatama Elementary School, were two of eight schools nationally to receive the innOVATION STEAM Grant Awards, which acknowledges public K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) model programs. Quatama Elementary School was also recently visited by Governor Kate Brown and another STEM Partner School, Boise-Eliot/Humbolt, hosted a visit by Senator Ron Wyden.

Senator Wyden visits Boise-Ellot/Humboldt


Representative Bonamici at Quatama Elementary

Our STEM Partner Schools

Chehalem Elementary
Beaverton Public School District

George Middle School
Portland Public School District

Highland Park Middle School
Beaverton Public School District
Check out this success story: HPMS Rocks the STEAM World

Quatama Elementary
Hillsboro Public School District
Check out this success story: Students Release Salmon Eggs into Tualatin River

Tobias Elementary
Hillsboro Public School District

Joseph Gale Elementary
Forest Grove Public School District
Check out this success story: The Utility of Partnership