News Release
For Immediate Release
August 9, 2013

Contact:
Meredith Mannebach
801-538-8765
mmannebach@utah.gov

Michael Sullivan
GOED Communications Director
801-538-8811
mgsullivan@utah.gov

STEM Education Ready for Fall Classes
The STEM pilot program to be implemented in 55 schools

Salt Lake City, UTAH — The STEM Action Center in conjunction with the Salt Lake Center for Science Education hosted 120 teachers from 55 schools representing more than 22,000 students currently being taught in the Utah education system. The teachers gathered to receive a full day of training on the eleven different technologies that have been chosen for STEM implementation in the upcoming school year.

As directed by HB139, the pilot program consists of two different components. The first is to provide mathematics instructional technology to students in grades 6-8. The second is to support mathematics instruction for secondary students to prepare them for college mathematics courses. The pilot is being implemented this fall.

Eleven teaching technologies have been selected for the pilot. The technologies being evaluated range from full curricula to interventional technologies and were all chosen after a careful vetting process that included experts selected the from the community; including representatives from, the Utah State Office of Education, Utah System of Higher Education, Government and private industry.

Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah State Office of Education and the Chair of the STEM Action Center Board, Jeffery R. Nelson, were on hand to thank the teachers and welcome Senator Howard A. Stephenson.

The STEM Action Center has been established to help to drive research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah. The STEM Action Center will leverage funds appropriated by the State Legislature in HB139 and private donations to create a hub of collaboration for STEM related activities.

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About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
Web: www.business.utah.gov

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.