RizePoint awards Canyons School District students STEM summer camp scholarships

Melanie ShepherdMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

About 21 scholarships were originally planned to be awarded in the third annual summer camp scholarship program; however, RizePoint Vice President of People Operations Peter Johnson said about four additional scholarships were funded by company individuals who were inspired by the quality of applicants. Read the rest of the article

Making the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education — Utah Business May 8, 2018

Melanie ShepherdMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center, identifies one of the bottlenecks contributing to STEM shortage as originating at the beginning of the education pipeline.  Quite simply, many students don’t consider STEM as an option. Goetz says it’s important to identify “the gaps in foundational skills that prevent students from being comfortable” with STEM-related fields. It’s the all-too-common … Read More

Recent Study Encourages Diversification Of Faculty In University STEM Programs

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

A professor at the University of Utah recently co-authored a study exploring challenges faced by black male doctoral students. The six-year study followed 21 students earning doctorate degrees in engineering. It showed these students felt they were at the bottom of the hierarchy when it came to receiving resources from faculty members. William Smith is the chair for the Department of Education, Culture … Read More

5 honored for contributions STEM education in Utah

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

SALT LAKE CITY — The STEM Action Center, in partnership with the Utah Technology Council, recognized five individuals for their contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education statewide during the Utah Innovation Awards dinner Thursday. This year’s recipients are: • Cassandra Ivie, a student at Copper Hills High School • Todd Monson, eighth-grade science teacher at Oquirrh Hills Middle … Read More

‘Girls In Aviation’ Program Reaches New Heights In Northern Utah

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

The Girls in Aviation program was started just one year ago by the Cache Makers group based out of Logan, UT. The program focuses on exposing girls ages nine to 15 to the aviation industry as well as broad STEM, or Science Technology Engineering and Math, opportunities. “Women are less likely to come into this field and more likely to … Read More

McMillan students explore STEM questions

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

Which flower absorbs the most amount of water? Do kids or adults have a quicker reaction time? How tall do I sound? These and other questions, McMillan Elementary student-scientists explored as part of their STEM fair, which was on display during the interactive STEM night activities. “We invited all the students from kindergarten to sixth-grade to participate,” said McMillan STEM … Read More