Registration is now closed for our Best Practices Conference. If you have questions, please reach out to Shelby Averett at 

The STEM Best Practices Conference is expanding to three locations this year! We invite you to attend the conference closet to you. The conference will run from approximately 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Breakfast and and a to-go lunch are included.

The Best Practices conference is designed for educators and is an opportunity to learn about STEM Best Practices from Utah experts and leaders in our K-12 STEM community. The conference will highlight projects from across the state where communities are experiencing success with STEM learning, announce new opportunities for engaging with the STEM Action Center and provide an opportunity for networking to form new partnerships with other STEM stakeholders. Five re-licensure points are available for full-day attendees.

This year’s focus is I AM STEM where we focus on the idea that STEM is everywhere. We want to broaden the understanding of what, where, and who is STEM. Not only will you hear incredible STEM presentations from leaders in the STEM community, but you will have a chance to receive fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors who want to shower you with love for all your hard work and dedication.

Conference Schedule: 
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Welcome and awards, 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Keynote presentation, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Session 1, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Session 2, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Session 3, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and networking, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. 
Exhibit Hall open 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Conference Locations:
June 6 in Ogden:

Ogden Eccles Conference Center 
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden 

June 9 in Price:
Utah State University Eastern
451 E 400 N, Price 
June 13 in St. George: 
1835 S Convention Center Dr, St. George 


Keynote Speaker: Maynard Okereke

We are excited to announce our 2022 #STEM Best Practices Keynote Speaker, Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D.

Okereke graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He is an award winning Science Communicator, having received both the Asteroid Award for "Best Streaming Content" and the People of Change Award for his community outreach efforts.  His passion for science and entertainment, along with his curiosity for new innovation has taken him through an incredible life journey.

Noticing a lack of minority involvement in the S.T.E.M. fields, he created Hip Hop Science with the goal of encouraging minorities and youth to pursue more advanced career paths.  His background in engineering, acting, business, and credible work within the music industry as an artist, make him uniquely qualified to engage on a wide variety of topics from an entertaining perspective.  This is highly reflected in his weekly vlogs and daily social media posts which provide both humorous and informative #SciComm content.

Presenter snacks are provided by: 



Who should be attending/registering?
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 sessions and have materials available online following the event.

Will you run out of space?
We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE early registration, as registration fills fast.

Can I get credit for this conference?
Attendees will be given a certificate of attendance which may be used to document five (5) re-licensure points.


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