In keeping with our mission as Utah’s leader in promoting STEM through best practices in education, we offer a broad portfolio of programs in partnership with public education and private industry. These programs include our Innovation Incubator grants, our STEM Fest & Best Practices conferences, STEM school designations, and our STEM in Motion team. We also facilitate volunteer opportunities through our STEM Ambassador and STEM Mentor programs. For more information about these initiatives and many more, check out our programs below.
Innovation Incubator Grants
Our grants are Innovation Incubators that help Utah educators make the most of learning opportunities and give STEM students valuable learning tools and otherwise unavailable resources. Innovation Incubators provide funds to enhance everyday learning, assist students in extracurricular STEM competitions, and support access to hands-on STEM experiences and activities. Read the stories and get the facts behind all our key grant programs:
K-12 Math Personalized Learning Program Grant
This program provides supplemental learning materials that help students build confidence in math. The software gives students and teachers real-time feedback to their work on math problems. Year after year, students who use personalized learning software are more successful on state assessments.
STEM Best Practices Conference
Our annual STEM Best Practices Conferences allows space for teachers to engage in collaborative reflection of teaching approaches. These periods of evaluation are crucial to helping educators strengthen their teaching skills and focus on best practices. Learn from STEM experts and leaders in the K-12 community, get inspiration from successful past projects, and discuss the importance of engaging underrepresented groups in STEM fields.
Utah STEM Fest
As a result of the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, STEM Fest 2020 features online content and activities. This includes a custom magazine with STEM content and articles, available here and on the STEM Fest website. Check out the link below to find out more.
Students will enjoy memorable hands-on STEM experiences at STEM Fest. Over 200 exhibitors will be ready to showcase real-life applications related to STEM-based careers. Register your school for students grades 6-10. Encourage younger students to participate in STEM Fest’s free Family Night.
STEM in Motion Program
The Utah STEM in Motion team travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, project-based learning for children K-8th grade. The STEM in Motion aims to generate enthusiasm for STEM careers and supports the governor’s initiative for a STEM-competitive workforce. Each school year STEM in Motion visits over 70 schools across Utah.
STEM School Designations
The STEM Schools Designation program provides a structured framework for schools to self-evaluate and craft long-term goals to bring real-world STEM applications into classrooms. The designation process helps teachers and communities set greater intentions for STEM education. Our thorough review process has awarded dozens of schools at various designation levels, setting them on a strong path forward to improvement.
The Lesson Library is a collaboration between the STEM AC and educators of Utah, housing educator-submitted lesson plans on a variety of STEM topics. Educators can take advantage of each other’s successes and implement fun and creative teaching methods.
Volunteering & Mentorship
STEM mentor and ambassador programs establish platforms for STEM enthusiasts to share their talents with the next generation. These experiences pave the way for positive associations with STEM career paths and educational pursuits.
Utah STEM Ambassador Program
We’re looking for high school and college students, recent graduates, and industry professionals who have a passion for STEM and would like to share that passion with Utah. They work with us to help plan and execute STEM-related events, inform educators of STEM opportunities, and teach hands-on STEM lessons in classrooms.
STEM Mentor Exchange
Meet connected professionals who care about the next generation of the STEM workforce. Mentees benefit from subject and project support, industry tours, guest lectures, and work-based learning opportunities.
Girls Who Code Partnership
The STEM Action Center has partnered with Girls Who Code to offer learning opportunities to Utah’s future women of STEM. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Together we offer learning opportunities for students to build student confidence, create clear pathways for students into the computing workforce, and build a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models to help girls succeed. This includes an annual Entrepreneurial Challenge where clubs can compete to show off their clubs’ hard work.
STEM Elementary Magic Show
Paul Brewer and Brooklyn Tanner have teamed up with the scientists at the STEM Action Center of Utah to create a show that displays the magic of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math every student will love!