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Park City Math Institute Co-Creator becomes 1st Female to Win ‘Nobel Prize of math’

Katherine KireievSTEM Awards, STEM in Utah, STEM Partners

In another landmark moment for Women’s History Month 2019, U.S. Mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck has become the first female to win the Abel Prize — which is commonly regarded as the “the Nobel Prize of Math.”

Among her great achievements is her extensive outreach work, including the co-creation of PCMI, the Park City Mathematics Institute right here in Utah. PCMI is an intensive, annual three-week opportunity for research mathematicians to meet and exchange ideas with school teachers and students. Also notable is Karen’s work setting up the Women and Mathematics Program at Princeton University’s  Institute for Advanced Study, with the mission to recruit and retain more women in mathematics.

See the ceremony and learn more about this marvelous modern-day STEM pioneer:

Roy 5th Grader Kayden Branch Earns STEM Excellence Award

Katherine KireievSTEM Awards, STEM in Utah, STEM Partners

Municipal Elementary School student Kayden Branch’s love of math has consistently placed him at the top of his class in the subject throughout his K-5th grade career. The 5th grader’s high math marks and remarkable robotics skills were rewarded at halftime during the March 14, 2019, Jazz home game at Vivint Arena, with Kayden joining the ranks of fellow CenturyLink STEM Excellence Awardees.

Since 3rd grade, Kayden has represented his school at the annual Math & Science Olympiad in Weber County as one of the highest-ranking kids in Krypto. Krypto is a quick-moving math game that applies addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Combining these concepts and five number cards, students must create a sum number on a subject card. The first one to do so calls out “Krypto!” for the win. He’s successfully competed against his Weber County peers each year.

This year, Kayden joined an extracurricular robotics club that meets an hour before school starts. His teacher, Mrs. Daley, reports that his ability to grasp the concepts and help his peers quickly positioned him as leader of the group. While many of his schoolmates are just starting their day, Kayden is already happily humming along at math and science, creating his own robot and gladly assisting his peers with theirs.

“I enjoy math and science and being able to help others learn it,” Kayden says.  “I love building things and helping people fix things.”

Though he’s well ahead of his time, the math-mastering 5th grader hasn’t yet come up with the answer for how STEM will factor into his future. “I still have lots of time to figure out what I want to be, but I like experimenting with new things and being able to help people learn what I have learned,” Kayden said.

Congratulations, Kayden, on receiving the CenturyLink STEM Excellence Award. Keep up the great work—you’re truly an inspiration!

Enrollment is Open for Professional Learning!

Katherine KireievComputer Science, STEM in Utah, STEM Industry, STEM Partners

We’re excited to announce that applications for’s Professional Learning Program for CS Principles and CS Discoveries are now open. If your school plans to offer these courses in 2019-20, please encourage interested teachers to apply today!’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, yearlong professional learning program for middle-and high school educators who are interested in teaching’s CS Discoveries (middle school) or CS Principles (high school) courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high-quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms. Best of all, you don’t need any prior computer science experience to get started!

Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:

  • Attending the five-day, in-person summer workshop. The summer workshop will be held June 24th-June 28th, in Draper, Utah.

  • Attending two to four local one-day, in-person workshops (held on Saturdays)

  • Teaching the course during the 2019-20 school year

  • Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population

To apply for a seat in the summer cohort, visit: and fill out an application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Due to generous industry support from Hill Air Force Base and Dell EMC, we are able to offer scholarships to all teachers that are accepted into the professional learning program.

If you know a teacher that would be a great fit for our program? You can nominate them here:

Thank you for supporting computer science education for all Utah students!

Utah’s Abuzz about the 2019 CSForALL Summit!

Katherine KireievComputer Science, STEM in Utah, STEM Industry, STEM Partners, STEM Team


This fall, the CSforALL Summit will convene the national computer science education community in Utah to move the needle toward computer science for all students in the United States.

The 2019 Summit, to be held Oct. 21-23 at The University of Utah, will engage local stakeholders including schools, the out-of-school time sector, faith-based communities, industry, media and more.

“We’re so excited to host the CSforALL Summit in Utah, both to learn from experts across the nation, and to highlight and celebrate the innovative ways Utah educators are bringing computer science to their students,” shared Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center.

The CSforALL Summit is the flagship community event for computer science education in the United States. The 2018 event announced new commitments from nearly 300 organizations providing 47.3M computer science education opportunities for youth and educators over the next three years.

Anchor local sponsors for the event include Utah-based IT-services company Ivanti, the Utah STEM Action Center, and site host, The University of Utah.

In tribute to the Beehive State, CSForALL mascot robot “Alli” has been retooled to feature a bee body with binary code wings.

Learn more about the summit here.

Edcamp Utah Valley 2019

Melanie ShepherdSTEM in Utah

At Utah Valley EdCamp you can learn with and from local teachers about issues that you care about and are interested in. Come share your ideas and learn new ideas from teachers who know and understand the context that you work in. Breakfast and lunch will be provided! Click here to learn more.