The Results of the 2013/14 Math Digital Learning Grant Pilot Project

 STEM Action Center Pilot Program

The first call to action for the new STEM Action Center was to pilot a statewide “best practice” technology in select classrooms throughout the state to help close the performance gap for 7th and 8th grade math, as well as college readiness in math in over 150 classrooms.

The culmination of these efforts began on Friday, August 9 with 185 teachers representing over 70 different schools coming together for a full-day of professional learning to prepare to implement 11 different “best-in-class” technologies in academic year 2013-2014.

The initial pilot phase is targeted to reach more than 31,500 Utah students in over 70 different schools in grades 7, 8 and 10. This represents more than 25% of the total targeted population in the state.

The Utah Legislature spends 10 million dollars on Utah’s First STEM initiative!

In the 2013 Legislative session, HB 139 was passed which created the STEM Action Center (STEM AC) for the State of Utah. This legislation authorized a pilot program to begin in the 2013-14 school year.

The pilot has two components. The first is to provide education related instructional technology to support mathematics instruction for students in grades 6-8. The second is to support mathematics instruction for secondary students to prepare for college mathematics courses. The pilot is to be implemented by September, 2013 with the goal of bringing the assessment and analysis of these programs to the 2014 State Legislative session.

The STEM Action Center is currently accepting applications from schools interested in participating in the pilot program this 2013-2014 school year. Eleven technologies have been chosen for the 2013 STEM Action Center pilot program. Please click on the company logo below to find out more information about that company’s technology. Also, below you will find a schedule of webinars that the companies have scheduled to give anyone interested a more detailed look at their product.

Nine (9) technologies are new to Utah and will be given to selected schools to use for the 2013-14 school year, at no cost to the school. Eight (8) of these technologies will be deployed in 7th and 8th grade math classes and three (3) will be deployed in 10th grade CTE classes.