News Release
For Immediate Release
June 22, 2015

Kaitlin Felsted, Marketing Communications Specialist
STEM Action Center

Utah STEM Action Center holds a STEM Best Practices Conference
Conference highlights the success of various STEM programs and grant opportunities

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— 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.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

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 the 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. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or

About the STEM Action Center

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.