Still Making History
We’re proud to say we’ve accomplished a lot since we were established in 2013. You can read about some of our greatest accomplishments and milestones below, or contact us to find out how we can collaborate on exciting future milestones.
STEM Action Center created
In affiliation with the Utah State Office of Education, the legislature created the STEM Action Center to develop Utah’s STEM workforce of the future. Since our outset, our outreach has impacted over 550,000 STEM students.
Initial pilot for K-12 Personalized Math Learning Grant
We’ve made personalized math learning software available to thousands of Utah students. Over time we’ve seen this program has consistently improved students’ growth and proficiency in mathematics. The STEM Action Center works to ensure that this program continues to be effective and shows promising results.
STEM Action Center Amended
HB150 was passed during the Utah legislative session to amend provisions relating to the center.
Micro-grants of varying types became available to fund the STEM Action Center’s efforts. Sponsorships, classroom, competition, and organization grants continue to support tens of thousands of students yearly.
STEM Fest begins
The STEM Fest is an annual convention with over 200 exhibitors showcasing real-life STEM experiences. Students enjoy memorable activities and get early exposure to STEM careers. Over 83,000 students have been impacted by this event to date.
Professional Learning Grants awarded
The Professional Learning program was launched to prepare K-12 teachers to teach STEM subjects. Its efforts focus on locally identified needs for building teacher leadership capacity and supporting ongoing learning opportunities.
STEM Organization Grants created
The STEM Organization Grant funds individual students’ efforts to engage in extracurricular STEM-related activities, such as fairs, camps, clubs, competitions and projects. This program has generated partnerships and organizations between students, the STEM Action Center and Utah’s STEM community.
- FY18: 80,000 kids impacted
- FY17: 65,000 kids impacted
- FY16: 4,500 kids impacted
- Total: 149,500
STEM Foundation created
Under the direction of the Utah State Legislature, the STEM Foundation was created to enhance the efforts of the STEM Action Center. The Foundation’s funding priorities include Utah STEM Bus visits, school assemblies, and the annual STEM Fest convention.
Utah STEM Bus program makes first visit
The Utah STEM Bus travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, project-based learning for children K-8th grade. The STEM Bus aims to generate enthusiasm for STEM careers and supports the governor’s initiative for a STEM-competitive workforce. We’re now able to visit over 70 schools per school year.
STEM Foundation receives IRS letter of determination
The Utah STEM Foundation is recognized as a non-profit organization. Its efforts continue to provide STEM resources to the state of Utah.
CS4Utah Grants and Computing Partnership Grants awarded
These grants were created to provide equal opportunities in CS/IT for underrepresented groups. Students grades K–16 have benefitted from broader access to CS/IT courses and principles.
STEM AC joins the Intermountain STEM coalition to broaden participation in STEM
The Utah STEM Coalition was an initiative that brought together government, educators, and industry to organize raising funds for and supporting increased awareness of the STEM Action Center. Partners included Comcast, Merit Medical, Nelson Labs, IMFlash, and ATK.
STEM AC becomes incorporated division of the Utah Department of Heritage & the Arts
The Utah STEM Action Center changed parent agencies, moving from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to the Utah Department of Heritage & the Arts. This move opened new doors of collaboration with fellow DHA divisions, including the State Library, Arts & Museums, and Multicultural Affairs.
STEM AC moves to a new home
The Utah STEM Action Center moved from its previous World Trade Center offices to a brand new facility, The Hub. This South Salt Lake City location transitioned the STEM workspace from a traditional office space to an open community center, where space is available for students and afterschool clubs to come and put STEM to action.