Resources & Materials

Resources For Professional Development Providers

Washington State LASER is committed to supporting high-quality STEM education for every student in our state. See below for information about project based learning and inquiry-based instructional materials in use all across Washington.


STEM Notebooks

Science notebooks contain information about the students’ classroom experiences. Students are encouraged to use them as scientists would, before, during, and after all investigations. A science notebook can provide students who are uncomfortable with writing a safe place to practice and develop their skills and see that writing is used in all STEM fields. Learn More

Washington State LASER Alliances

Ten Washington State LASER Alliances are generously supported by Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The LASER Alliances provide training, guidance and technical support to districts that are considering participation in LASER, as well as to districts that are already in various stages of implementing the program. Each alliance comprises members from a myriad of educational and scientific institutions (e.g., school districts, ESDs, and universities). Learn More

Crayfish In The Classroom

The University of Washington in cooperation with the Pacific Education Institute and Washington Sea Grant conducted a study on crayfish use in the classroom and the possibility of using native crayfish to reduce the risk of non-native species being brought in for classroom use and accidentally being released. Download study summary.

Learn more about the effect of non-native species on our native crayfish from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Washington State currently does not have enough of a reliable supply of native crayfish for all the educational kits using them. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have allowed a permit to be issued for the 2013-2014 school year for use of non-native crayfish as long as they follow the protocols outlined in this permit.

Science Materials Centers

Materials Support is one of the five elements of Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER). The ongoing support of Science Materials Centers’ personnel has helped research-based science teaching and learning reach the current level of prevalence in Washington State and beyond. At Science Materials Centers, science kits/modules are stored, refurbished and delivered to teachers when needed. Science Materials Centers are a cost effective means for implementing inquiry-based science as large amounts of materials are purchased, managed and distributed. Further, the burden of purchasing and managing materials is removed from the classroom teacher, and some Science Materials Centers even raise and keep living organisms. The Science Materials Centers’ staffs are constantly working on optimizing efficiency, purchasing power and their service for all teachers. Scroll down to see a listing of all Science Materials Centers in Washington.

Washington State Nuts & Bolts

The Washington State Nuts & Bolts group offers leadership and support for science materials center personnel. Most of the science materials staff are a part of this group, to learn more contact your local materials resource staff.

Washington State Science Materials Centers

There are two types of Washington State Science Materials Centers:

  1. Centralized materials centers that support a consortium of school districts.
  2. District based Science Materials Centers that support schools within their own school district (some also service neighboring school districts).

If your school district is not mentioned on this list but operates its own science materials center in Washington State, please email the contact information to and it will be included here.


BainbridgeScience Resource Center
9125 Sportsman Club Rd
Portable 230
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Deborah Rudnick
BellevueBellevue Instructional Kits
12241 Main Street Bldg 3
Bellevue, WA 98005
Sharon Walker
BellinghamLinda Pollino
Central KitsapScience Kit Center
3790 NW Anderson Hill Road Silverdale, WA 98383
fax 360-662-1821
Ila Frasquillo

Doug Dowell
Clover ParkClover Park School District
Auxillary Service Center
9219 Lakewood Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Maria Flores
EdmondsScience Materials Center
23200-100th Ave.
Edmonds, WA 98020
Lenni Carey
Diane Martineau
ESD 101 (Northeast)ESD 101 - Science Center
4202 S Regal
Spokane, WA 99223
Beth Worthy
Tammie Schrader
Erik Wolfrum
ESD 112 (Southwest)ESD 112 - SMERC
2500 NE 65th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98661
Serena Decator
Vickei Hrdina
ESD 113
(Mt to Harbor)
ESD 113 - MASK Center
601 McPhee Road S.W.
Olympia, WA 98502
Lynn Forbush
ESD 189 (Northwest)Northwest ESD 189
Marysville-Pilchuck High School
5611 108th Street
North Building
Marysville, WA 98271
Kelly Spears
Evergreen ECritter FarmEvergreen Public Schools
PO Box 8910
Vancouver, WA 98668
Christy Sell
EverettScience Resource Center
Hawthorne Elementary
1110 Poplar Street
Everett, WA 98201
425 385-4676
Shirley Maynard
Tara Rider
Federal Way1344 So 308th
Federal Way, WA 98023
Marlene Dawson
HighlineScience Resource Center / Maywood
1410 South 200th Street
SeaTac, WA 98148
Jami Haskin
Kevin Tatum
KennewickBattelle Science Center
Kennewick School District
1000 W. 4th Ave
Kennewick, WA 99336
Holly Hollis
KentKent School District - SMRC
11000 SE 264th St
Kent, WA 98030
Amy Spies
Lake WashingtonLake Washington Support Services
15212 NE 95th St
Redmond, WA 98052
Lorie McDaniel
Mercer IslandMISD Administration Office
4160 86th Avenue, SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Cathy Ramsay
Mount BakerMount Baker School District
PO Box 95
Deming, WA 98244
Gwen Garrett
MukilteoScience Distribution Center
1625 Madison Way
Lynnwood, WA 98087
Sharon Hawes
Tim Takayoshi
North Central ESDNorth Central Washington LASER Alliance Refurbishment Center
3306B - 5TH St SE
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Darlene Robbins
NorthshoreNorthshore Support Services
22105 23rd Dr. SE
Bothell, WA 98021-4409
Debbie Hough
North ThurstonNorth Thurston Public Schools
6620 Carpenter Rd. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Crystal Bell
Oak HarborOak Harbor School District #201
200 SE Midway Blvd.
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Susan Nesmith
OlympiaOlympia School District
1113 Legion Way S.E.
Olympia, WA 98501
Peggy Butler
Olympic ESD 114Science Kit Warehouse Coordinator
OESD 114 Science Kit Center
105 National Ave. N
Bremerton, WA 98312
Sarah Freitas
PuyallupScience Resource Center
"The Little Red House"
1509 39th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98373
Jan Ward
RentonKohlwes Education Center (KEC)
300 SW 7th Street
Renton WA 98055
Cathy Williams
Joan Thordarson
SeattleScience Materials Center
Seattle Public Schools/NZ-303
1109 North 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Aaron Reed
ShorelineShoreline School District
18560 - 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
Lynn Franklin
Snoqualmie ValleyOpstad Elementary School
1345 Stillson Ave. SE
North Bend, WA 98045
Rhonda Hughes
SpokaneSpokane Public Schools (SRC)
2525 N Cincinnati
Spokane, WA 99207
Robyn Norwood
TacomaScience Materials Resource Center
6501 N 23rd St
Tacoma WA 98406
VancouverVancouver School District
PO Box 8937
Vancouver, WA 98668
Sue Prindle
Walla WallaWalla Walla Public Schools
Science Materials Center
1174 Entley St.
Walla Walla, 99362
Anne-Marie Notaras
Jane Baffney
WenatcheeWenatchee School District
Science Resource Center
1001 Circle Street
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Jill Fineis

Airahna Jones
Yakima (ESD 105)Yakima School District
104 N. 4th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902
Brian Kelley
Chad Quesnell
Observation Protocol

The Science Classroom Observation Protocol document contains science classes observation protocol that align with the vision of effective science instruction encouraged by Washington State LASER through the network of Regional Alliances and the network science coordinators. It includes:

  • Science Classroom Observation Rubric
  • Science Classroom Observation Worksheet
  • Science Classroom Visitation Trait Reference Sheet
  • Science Classroom Visitation Worksheet

Download the document (194KB PDF).