Our students need science education to survive and thrive. Today. Tomorrow. At home. In the world.
Our mission: To be a catalyst for sustainable innovation and improvement in K-12 science education.
Washington State LASER is a state science-education program led by Pacific Science Center and Battelle along with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Educational Service Districts and school districts.
Since 1999, the public/private partnership has worked with 106,300 educators in more than 205 school districts to share and inspire powerful practices in science education--from student notebooks that combine science, literacy, math and art--to strategic planning that creates a shared vision from classroom to school board.
"Science education in Washington state has advanced and has the capacity to move forward with STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards because of the vision and network laid down by Washington State LASER."
–Craig Gabler, Ph.D., Washington State LASER Alliance Director, Regional Science Coordinator, ESD 113 and writer for the Next Generation Science Standards
"Washington State LASER's work has impacted and supported several key OSPI goals including informing educators and stakeholders about the K-12 Framework for Science Education and providing important STEM training for administrators. This important collaboration and partnership has extended and enhanced our work at OSPI."
–Randy Dorn, State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
"For so many folks, a major value of Washington State LASER resides in the development and support of interconnected networks of stakeholders in science and STEM education. From these dynamic networks, ideas, resources and energy flow across classrooms, schools, districts and states."
–Tamara Holmlund Nelson, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Vancouver Campus
"LASER has changed the way we deliver science instruction in grades K-8. Teachers have access to research-based materials that teach science in a hands- on, engaging and highly effective way. With LASER's help, districts have moved from little or no time being spent on science to every child having the opportunity to receive good science instruction."
–David Bond, Superintendent, Kennewick School District