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

Sprawling expansion plan for Living Planet Aquarium in Utah has a huge centerpiece: U2’s ‘The Claw’

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

From the moment he met with architects to explain his vision back in 1998, Brent Andersen intended for Draper’s Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) to be far more than the last word of its name conveyed, for it to incorporate animal exhibits, classrooms, high-tech interactive stations, a conservation center … But adding “The Claw” — a 165-foot-tall, 190-ton stage component … Read More

HAFB gives kids a hands-on look at STEM careers in Junior Achievement City

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

SALT LAKE CITY — Giving kids hands-on experiences can help spark an interest that can result in them eventually pursuing high-tech careers. To support some of those experiences, officials from Hill Air Force Base on Tuesday helped open a model air traffic control tower in Junior Achievement City located at Discovery Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City.  The tower is … Read More

Study: Experience of Black Doctoral Students Shows Need to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields

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

Salt Lake City—The danger and risk of riding out a storm is symbolic of the decision black men make to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. They do so knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers described by black men who shared their experiences as part of a six-year study show how race was a greater obstacle than they … Read More

Dr. Shalini Kesar and Microsoft publish study on girls in STEM

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

Dr. Shalini Kesar, associate professor of information systems at Southern Utah University and advocate for women in technology, has known for years that girls and young women are a critical missing part of STEM studies and careers. With that knowledge, she was honored to collaborate on the international research project with Microsoft. Even with a higher priority placed on science, … Read More

Utah ranks 8th in the most innovative states of 2018

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

(KUTV)- In WalletHub’s most recent report for the most and least innovative states, Utah ranked 8th overall in this year’s most innovative states. With the United States projected to spend $553 billion on research and development in 2018, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Most and Least Innovative States Wednesday morning. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District … Read More