Robot challenge promotes STEM education around the world, even in least-developed countries

Lolly BowlerNews

Don’t expect to see pole vaults, balance beams and diving boards when some of the world’s brightest young minds come together this month in Washington for what sponsors are calling the first international robot olympics. With an impressive global turnout, and a little political controversy, the event will feature high school computer programmers, complex electronics and what organizers are calling … Read More

BYU Chip Camp gets kids excited about engineering

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BYU and the Boise-based Micron Foundation are hosting an engineering day camp with the goal to expose young teens to electrical engineering. Chip Camp, named after the microchip, will hold its second session July 11–13. The camp gives teens who have graduated seventh and eighth grade the opportunity to go hands-on with various experiments and activities, including launching rockets, building catapults and … Read More

Girls Code Camp a Template Solution to a Big STEM Problem

Lolly BowlerNews

Provo—The lobby is loud. There are 30-odd girls, ages 8-14, mostly seated at the building’s entrance, waiting for the day camp to begin. Almost without exception, they are moving, talking, fidgeting, dancing, bragging, laughing, yelling. They’re all wearing the same bright blue shirts, and if it weren’t for the ASCII rabbit logo and the sign proclaiming this to be the entrance of … Read More

STEM Mentor Exchange App Now Available

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PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 801.245.9552 Industry Sponsored Mobile App Now Available to Connect Teachers with Volunteers Teachers and Industry Volunteers Encouraged to Create Profiles and Listings in New STEM Mentor Exchange to Help Prepare Students for Future Jobs Salt Lake City, UT – June 29, 2017 – The STEM Partners Foundation today announced the release of the … Read More

STEM Best Practices Conference attracts hundreds from all over the state

Lolly BowlerNews

Almost 700 educators, administrators and industry officials gathered at the Utah Valley Convention Center for the third annual STEM Best Practices Conference. Dina Wise, a principal at Bruin Point Elementary, traveled from Carbon County to attend. “I’m the administrator at a rural school. My student population is 110 with an 80 percent poverty rate,” Wise said. Wise brought three of her … Read More

8 Utah schools earn STEM designation

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The STEM Action Center awarded eight Utah public schools with the STEM School Designation during the STEM Best Practices Conference on Tuesday in Provo. The STEM Schools Designation defines criteria to help Utah schools create comprehensive science, technology, engineering and math learning environments for their students.  Foothill Elementary in Orem earned the highest award, the Platinum STEM School Designation, and … Read More

Eight Utah Schools Awarded STEM Designation

Lolly BowlerNews

Eight schools in Utah have qualified for a state STEM designation. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In order to get the title, these schools had to prove they’re serious about each one of those. The designation came in the form of an award at the STEM Best Practices Conference held in Provo. To earn the award the … Read More

Centerville Junior High Uses “Aleks” To Help Students With Math

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(KUTV) Not every student excels in math class. In fact, for some math can be a real struggle. The administration at Centerville Junior High wanted to do something to improve the school’s math scores, so they brought in a classroom helper, a math tutor of sorts. “I struggle with fractions and stuff, dividing and all that,” said Bailey Gough. This … Read More

Designing Library Reading Time to Build STEM Brains

Kaitlin FelstedNews

Imagine a library reading time that goes beyond books to include lessons on shadows, constellations, dinosaurs or mud. Salt Lake County Library Services is providing STEM-enhanced experiences for young learners. “It’s our first time transporting dirt through the library system,” said Susan Spicer with a laugh as she described a reading time activity where kids learned about mold-making with water … Read More

West High robotics team competes in World Competition

Lolly BowlerNews

A team of West High School students are competing against students from around the world in a world robot competition. Team members had 6 weeks to build the robot and after ranking first at a competition in Boise, Idaho. These local teens pitted their robot against the best of the best at the world competition in Texas over the weekend. … Read More