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For women in science, the challenges are personal

When Emily Levesque was 2 years old, her older brother was assigned a school project on Halley's Comet. It was 1986, and the comet was…

How former Seahawk Ricardo Lockette got religion on science

Science saves lives. That's the message former Seahawk Ricardo Lockette brought to a recent summit on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Washington…

Wanted: a few (hundred) good computer science teachers

Here’s something to wrap your brain around: Washington state, one of the nation’s foremost tech hubs, has historically only offered computer science as an elective…

Why tech companies aren’t hiring more local grads

It’s no secret that Washington state is home to some of the world’s top tech companies, yet these companies consistently struggle to find local talent.…

Ending Washington’s biggest budget battle

It's a multi-billion-dollar elephant in the room. Or not — because, unlike the proverbial elephant, this beast gets mentioned incessantly. So what should we call…

Science: It’s not just for lab geeks anymore

Asked to imagine a future career in science, most kids will probably envision white lab coats and beakers, or line upon line of computer code.…

‘Learning labs’ prepare Washington kids for the workforce

High school teacher Renee Poitras doesn’t have her students do pointless busy work. Instead, Poitras, a biology teacher at Kent-Meridian High School, integrates real-world lessons…

With $10 million investment, Amazon expands relationship with UW

The University of Washington announced today that Amazon has pledged $10 million to help fund the construction of a second building for the Computer Science…

STEM programs find sexist culture hard to shake

Candice Natiello still recalls a particular experience she had a couple of years ago, when she was a student at the University of Washington Bothell.…

Girls who code: How images can help shatter tech’s gender stereotypes

Sex sells, or so the saying goes. So it should come as no surprise that in 2007, the top-selling image for the search term “woman”…

From farm to future: Getting small-town kids into tech

For Tyler Thornton, pears, apples and jetliners aren’t so far apart. Thornton, now 22, grew up as a fourth-generation orchardist in the remote Okanogan Valley,…

Who’s fixing tech’s diversity problems?

The picture is by now familiar: Many tech companies are very white and very male. Women leave tech companies at a higher rate than men.…

Its workforce graying, industry looks to prep young people for trades

Jonathan Ly wants to work in the aerospace industry some day. Ly, 17, wears his hair in a ponytail and plays ultimate frisbee. He grew…

Why Washington kids aren’t getting our best jobs

This is the first in a series of stories from Crosscut that will take a look at STEM education in the state and how it…