REGISTER NOW FOR EITHER June 14, 2024 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton or June 18, 2024 at Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City

The STEM Best Practices Conference is an opportunity to learn about STEM Best Practices from experts and leaders in our pre-K-12 STEM community. The conference highlights projects from across the state where communities are experiencing success with STEM learning. Re-licensure points are available for attendees, and the conference is FREE to attend. Plus, there will be amazing prizes you can get the chance to win!

new this year: Southern Utah university credit option

Southern Utah University is offering SUU credit for attending and participating in the STEM Best Practices Conference. This credit will be recorded on an official University transcript, is at the graduate 5000 level and is only $23. This credit can be used toward lane changes and relicensure. Having this credit on a university transcript also makes it easier to transfer district to district but also out of state. 

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Captain Irving knows the value in opening the minds and possibilities of a young person. Born in Jamaica and growing up in Inner City Miami, the talented young athlete dreamt of becoming an NFL player until a chance encounter with a pilot introduced aviation to him. However, it wasn’t until his high school social studies teacher, who was far from his favorite teacher, reinforced the idea that aviation could be the beginning of his future in STEM+ that the idea really took root. That’s the power of purpose. Even though it was an option that he had never considered, a fire was ignited in him that changed his course and he never looked back. By age 23, he became the youngest person ever and first black pilot to fly solo around the world in his plane “Inspiration,” which he built himself out of donated airplane parts.

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Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m. - Check-in
8:30 a.m. - Welcome
8:45 a.m. - Keynote address
9:45 a.m. - Break one
10:00 a.m. - Session one 
11:00 a.m. - Break two
11:10 a.m. - Session two 
12:10 a.m. - Lunch and Networking
1:15 p.m. - Session three 
2:15 p.m. - Break three
2:25 p.m. - Session four 
3:30 p.m. - Prize Drawing 
4:00 p.m. - Adjourn 


Who should be attending/registering?
Prek-12 educators, school administrators, industry, government, community partners, higher education, and STEM vendors.

We are encouraging each district to have a team of 3-5 people and charter schools a team of 2-4 people representing different stakeholder groups. We would also encourage our K-12 STEM education partners at universities and informal science education institutions to attend.

What is the cost of conference registration?
FREE. There is no conference registration fee.

What if I can’t attend the entire event?
We will record select sessions and have materials available online following the event.

Will you run out of space?
We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE early registration, as registration fills fast. Registration is now open! 

Can I get credit for this conference?
Attendees will be given a certificate of attendance which may be used to document eight (8) re-licensure points.



Utah STEM Action Center
3848 S. West Temple
Suite 105
South Salt Lake, UT 84115