The Utah STEM Action Center was created over two years ago, and this week they will hold a STEM Best Practices Conference on June 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and June 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thanksgiving Point’s Garden Center.

The conference will be an opportunity to learn about STEM Best Practices from Utah community experts and leaders in the K-12 STEM community.

The conference will highlight projects from across the state where communities are experiencing success with STEM learning. The conference will also announce new opportunities for engaging with the STEM Action Center and provide an opportunity for networking to form new partnerships with other STEM stakeholders.

STEM Action Center projects that will be highlighted during the event include:
o Math Digital Software
o Professional Learning
o Middle School Applied Science
o High School STEM Certification
o Elementary STEM Endorsement
o STEM School Designation
o STEM Classroom Grants
o Fairs, Camps & Competitions Grant

“This is an opportunity for STEM Action Center grant participants, current and future, to collaborate and discuss their successes,” said Jeffery Nelson, President and CEO of Nelson Laboratories and the STEM Action Center’s Board Chairman. “I’m excited to see the new partnerships that will be formed and look forward to achieving an essential part of our mission by sharing best practices at this dynamic conference event. STEM education has a bright future in Utah, and we are committed to helping students succeed in these empowering subjects.”

After the session on June 22, there will be an industry meet and greet where educators can interact with industry and discuss opportunities from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life.

Other highlights from this event include a panel where key legislators will discuss the vision for the STEM Action Center and its future. On this panel will be Sen. Howard Stephenson, Reps. Carol Spackman Moss and Bruce Cutler.

Following this will be roundtable discussions where participants can discuss future needs and goals for STEM education with the STEM Action Center team.