The gifts will establish the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning, which will work to double the number of students served by the museum's immersive STEM programs over the next two years and connect them to fulfilling, in-demand jobs. According to Washington STEM, a nonprofit organization that advocates for increased investments in STEM education, the state leads the nation in creating such jobs, but an estimated forty-five thousand positions there will go unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates.
The gift from June Boeing, committed before her husband and Boeing founder William E. Boeing, Jr. passed away in January, will support educational programming at the museum as well as the long-term preservation and exhibition of artifacts, enhanced guest satisfaction, and operational sustainability. The museum provides STEM education programming for students from pre-kindergarten through high school and is home to Highline Public Schools' Raisbeck Aviation High School, which has a curriculum focused on engineering and science.
"This is an opportunity to invest in our children and in our region's future economic health and growth," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. "Boeing is committed to serving underrepresented areas of the community and we are proud to partner with the Museum of Flight to help inspire students to reach new heights."