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The Utah STEM Action Center is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage & the Arts tasked with advancing STEM education best practices in Utah. It was created by a legislative directive in 2013 with a primary goal “to support teacher professional development and excite students with STEM opportunities by providing effective STEM education/digital learning tools to public K-12 classrooms.” This has included extensive community and industry engagement through events such as our annual STEM Fest and Best Practices conferences, as well as more intimate efforts such as our popular STEM in Motion program. Along the way, we hope to increase equity and access to all Utah students, including those in rural communities, while producing “a STEM-competitive workforce to ensure Utah’s continued economic success in the global marketplace.”

Our Goals

  • Prepare the future workforce by empowering educators with best practices and tools; coordinate STEM activities on all academic levels

  • Sustain a highly competitive workforce by meeting industry needs as well as technological innovation

  • Create economic opportunities for all Utahns through infrastructure and innovation

By the Numbers

Student Impact

550,000+ students have been impacted by STEM-sponsored events and programs

Pie chart displaying the number of students engaged in STEM-sponsored events: 278,000 students were impacted by event sponsorships (50%); 134,616 students were impacted by math personalized learning software grants (24%); 80,000 students were impacted by organization grants (14%) and 64,147 students were impacted by other programs (12%).

Participating Schools

602 schools engaged in Utah STEM programming

Pie chart displaying the number of schools participating in STEM programming: 434 urban schools (72%) and 168 rural schools (28%). The total is 602 schools.
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Programs

We offer a broad portfolio of programs in partnership with public education and private industry, including grants, curriculum, certifications, and conferences.

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Our Impact

Get the facts and stories behind STEM's impact on education and industry in Utah. Read our annual reports, our strategic plan, LEA-based reports and more.

STEM Creates a Bright Future for Utah

42.2%
growth in postings for emerging tech jobs
$2.5 million
tuition reimbursement plan for in-state Utah graduates
10%
of Utah’s $150 billion economic activity is in STEM
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Mission

The STEM Action Center is Utah’s leader in promoting science, technology, engineering, and math through best practices in education to ensure connection with industry and Utah’s long-term economic prosperity.


Vision

Produce a STEM-competitive workforce to ensure Utah’s continued economic success in the global marketplace.