With a dedicated, highly trained staff and the resource-rich Columbia Gorge just outside its door, Skamania School has found a natural focus on STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Skamania students work on real-world problems in their own back yard. Classroom and schoolwide project-based learning activities provide integrated, career-connected, locally relevant and field-focused opportunities.
A Lighthouse district
In fall 2018, Skamania School was recognized by the state for its innovative practices and its ability to inspire students to study STEM. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) named Skamania a STEM Lighthouse school and awarded it a $20,000 grant for the 2018-19 school year—one of only six in the state.
While integrating STEM-related studies throughout the school’s curriculum, Skamania staff are sharing strategies to support other small, rural schools statewide.
Future plans include transforming a 38-acre tract of undeveloped land owned by the school district into an outdoor learning lab and possible outdoor school.
Partner agencies have provided invaluable support and include U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Southwest Washington STEM Network, Pacific Education Institute and the Department of Natural Resources.
There are many small rural schools in Washington, and these places have a lot to offer students in terms of STEM studies. Skamania is looking for opportunities to partner with them and develop this special niche.Ralph Pruitt
Z., Third grade
“Usually doing science means having a fun time with your friends making stuff—and you can make new friends!”
K., Sixth grade
“Science is my most favorite thing.”
B., Seventh grade
“It was fun when our group was working together. Making the model heart was interesting.”
Community well will be maintained A $20,000 STEM Lighthouse grant awarded to Skamania School District for the 2018-19 school year will support outdoor learning and teaching plans for its long-held 38-acre piece of property. “Our idea is to develop it into an outdoor...read more
Skamania is a small school with a big vision: to integrate STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—studies throughout its curriculum and to share strategies to support other small, rural schools statewide. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction...read more
STEM Lighthouse award ceremony presented by Dan Tedor, OSPI STEM K-12/Career and Technical Education
On behalf of Skamania School I would like to invite you to our STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Lighthouse award ceremony scheduled for the following date and time. What: STEM Lighthouse award ceremony presented by Dan Tedor, OSPI STEM K-12/Career and...read more
Photo and Video Gallery
Fifth and sixth graders studied the impacts of air pressure. One of the special opportunities at smaller schools like Skamania is that students from different grades work and learn together.
A student explains the how the heart model works.