Upping the STATS for the AP Computer Science Exam

Kaitlin FelstedMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

A group of students preparing to take the AP computer science exam hope to inspire minority students statewide to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. FutureINDesign, a nonprofit STEAM career development program for marginalized young adults, is helping a group of high school students and young adults learn to program, so they can take and pass the AP computer science … Read More

6 Utah schools Make List of America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

America’s Most Challenging High Schools- The Washington Post’s annual rankings of how successfully schools challenge their students. The study ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio … Read More

Utah Students Off to STEM Summer Camps

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

23 ambitious girls and boys are off to STEM summer camps thanks to RizePoint STEM Scholarships. Students, ranging from 5th to 10th grade, applied with a personal explanation of their own ambitions to learn at STEM camp. They also had to submit a letter from a friend as well as a teacher’s recommendation. The applications were reviewed by a committee … Read More

Headshot Wins STEM Entrepreneur Award

Kaitlin FelstedMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

Have you ever had an idea that could change the world? Three high school students from Midvale are on their way to do just that. Madison Hooper, Shreya Mahasenan and Marie Miskin are athletes at Hillcrest High School. They are also the winners of the first-ever STEM Entrepreneur Award and among the finalists in the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute’s 2017 High … Read More

2017 STEM Designated Schools Announced

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

SALT LAKE CITY (May 8, 2017)—The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Friday approved eight public schools for the Utah STEM School Designation. This is the second group of schools to be selected since the program began last year. USBE, in partnership with the Utah STEM Action Center, developed the Utah STEM Schools Designation program to better define and standardize … Read More

Cache Makers Girls’Confidence Soars While Successfully Flying an Airplane

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Nothing is quite as nerve-wracking as boarding a small airplane with a 12-year-old girl as your pilot. But nothing builds a young girl’s confidence in quite the same way as successfully flying a Diamond DA40 airplane. Over a six-week period, a group of girls between ages 11 and 15 in Cache School District had the opportunity to learn about aviation … Read More

Solving Real-world Problems One Drop at A Time

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Students at Westridge Elementary Use the Engineering Process to Address Water Polution An algae bloom in Provo Lake that threatened to cancel a field trip for Westridge Elementary students quickly became an exciting opportunity for them. “One of the projects we do each year in learning about the water cycle is creating a water filter,” said Mark Nance, a fourth … Read More

Real problems, real people and real science

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

Take a look at Dr. David Ferro’s observations after he attended this year’s FIRST Robotics competition in Houston, TX. Dr. Ferro is dean of the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology at Weber State University. “Last week I visited Houston to see 15,000 kids compete in the world championships of FIRST robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and … Read More