We build connections for schools to local business, industry, & community organizations for real-world learning opportunities.

FieldSTEM Celebration

Each year, PEI recognizes individuals and organizations that exemplify our vision of promoting a scientifically literate citizenry empowered to make balanced, well-informed decisions for sustainable communities, through our FieldSTEM celebration. We work with thousands of such individuals from key areas: educators, community partners, schools, school districts, elected officials, workforce professionals, natural resource employers, academic experts and education policy makers. It takes all of us to offer the support educators need to effectively implement FieldSTEM.


John Hunter

Teacher of the Year

Puyallup School District

District of the Year

Capitol Land Trust

Community Collaborator of the Year


School of the Year

Rep. Jesse Johnson

Legislator of the Year

Rep. Mike Steele

Legislator of the Year

Partner with PEI

We build community connections between schools, local organizations, agencies and the natural resources industries of our state. These connections give students a chance to build a sense of place, explore local career opportunities and develop the critical thinking skills needed for our next generation of decision-makers who will consider ecosystems, community and economic tradeoffs.

We also empower teachers to embed career connected learning into their classroom units and create opportunities for students to engage in field-based science and engineering. When community partners work with PEI and teachers, they help create awareness of promising jobs in the community and clarify the types of skills a student needs to be hired. Career connected learning helps students plan for a successful future and it helps local businesses look forward to a skilled and inspired workforce. A win-win for communities!

Connect with Us

If you would like to talk with us about collaborating to bring locally relevant, career connected, outdoor STEM learning in your region, please contact us.

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