In May 2011, Utah's Governor highlighted programs that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at the Education Excellence Commission meeting.
The Commission typically meets at the Utah Capitol, but to highlight STEM, the meeting was at Granite School District’s Technical Institute, where students can take courses in more than 50 high-tech career pathways.
The Governor’s Education Excellence Commission includes Superintendent Larry Shumway and State Board of Education Chair Debra Roberts, among other education leaders, state lawmakers and business leaders. It appears that most of the STEM activities are around career and technical pathways in K-12 and community colleges in Utah.
The Utah Education Network and the Utah Math and Science Education Consortium created an online database of STEM resources. The URL is http://stem.uen.org/.
This site offers many learning opportunities in STEM including FIRST Lego League, Meet An Investor Night, Explore Engineering Annual Summer Camp, Weber State Museum of Natural Science and other opportunities for STEM in Utah. The creation of this math and science web-site showcases the opportunities and programs made available to students by participating colleges and universities.
The web-site has been created by the Utah Education Network at their expense. This fully interactive program can be accessed at http://stem.uen.org. Additionally, UEN has created six videotapes of Governor Gary Herbert endorsing the web-site and encouraging parents, students, counselors and others to access the site.
Utah Department of Education
250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City UT 84114
Year Established: 2010