Centerville Junior High Uses “Aleks” To Help Students With Math

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

(KUTV) Not every student excels in math class. In fact, for some math can be a real struggle. The administration at Centerville Junior High wanted to do something to improve the school’s math scores, so they brought in a classroom helper, a math tutor of sorts. “I struggle with fractions and stuff, dividing and all that,” said Bailey Gough. This … Read More

Designing Library Reading Time to Build STEM Brains

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

Imagine a library reading time that goes beyond books to include lessons on shadows, constellations, dinosaurs or mud. Salt Lake County Library Services is providing STEM-enhanced experiences for young learners. “It’s our first time transporting dirt through the library system,” said Susan Spicer with a laugh as she described a reading time activity where kids learned about mold-making with water … Read More

West High robotics team competes in World Competition

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

A team of West High School students are competing against students from around the world in a world robot competition. Team members had 6 weeks to build the robot and after ranking first at a competition in Boise, Idaho. These local teens pitted their robot against the best of the best at the world competition in Texas over the weekend. … Read More

Layton elementary school students visit outer space, without ever leaving Utah

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

  A Layton school is trying something new to get its students excited about science. At Vae View Elementary in Layton, the 4th and 5th graders are on a mission in outer space. Today these students are investigating a wormhole.  Cameron Kemp is the flight director. He’s also the person behind the sound effects. “The attitude that I give them, … Read More

Vicky Thomas: 30 Women to Watch

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

Congratulations to Vicky Thomas, Senior Product Manager at Vivint Smart Home – she has been selected as one of the 2017 30 Women to Watch honorees! Each year, Utah Business magazine selects 30 women who are at the top of their respective fields and honors them in both its May issue and at an awards luncheon held in their honor. Accomplishments: … Read More

WTC launches SheTech Internship Program

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

The Women Tech Council, also known as WTC, launched a technology internship program to provide high school girls the opportunity to interact with technology companies, meet and interact with women in technology and understand the impact they can have by pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Participants will tour tech companies across Silicon Slopes, including: Vivint, … Read More

Daybreak Community Creates STEM Experiences for Their Children

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

LiveDaybreak is setting a new model for how to engage students and parents in STEM through fun afterschool activities including robotics, circuitry, gardening, animation and dentistry. Earlier this year Daybreak’s community organization created a nonprofit STEM Club for all Daybreak residents. The model is simple: in order to become a member of the club, a parent is responsible for creating … Read More

If at First you don’t Succeed, Code, Code Again

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

Amanda Hamilton’s fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at West Bountiful Elementary were tasked with programming a robot to navigate through a maze on the floor without touching any lines or going out of bounds. In groups of two, they ran back and forth huddling over their Chromebooks to write code and testing how their robots performed in the maze. … Read More