News Release
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2016


Kaitlin Felsted, Marketing Communications Specialist
STEM Action Center

STEM Action Center Takes to the Road with Tesoro STEM Bus Grant
STEM Action Center receives a $1.5 million grant from Tesoro to create a mobile STEM classroom

SALT LAKE CITY—The Utah STEM Action Center recently received a $1.5 million five-year grant from the Tesoro Foundation to create a STEM mobile classroom and support the creation of a STEM-competitive workforce.

“We are proud to support the STEM Action Center and its mission to produce a STEM-competitive workforce to ensure Utah’s continued economic success,” said Brad Shafer, senior manager of government and public affairs for Tesoro. “As an employer constantly seeking out top-talent and as a socially responsible corporate citizen, supporting STEM education-related programs is the cornerstone of Tesoro’s community investment strategy,”

Mobile classrooms deliver activities that require specialized equipment, facilitate professional learning activities for teachers, and deliver kits and tools that can be left behind for students and teachers to continue STEM learning opportunities.

Through the mobile bus program, the STEM Action center and Tesoro look forward to reaching out to geographical areas that have limited STEM-related opportunities, as well as working with local communities, companies and parents to offer STEM-related projects that will inspire career education and opportunities for students.

“The STEM Action Center is excited to partner with Tesoro to take STEM ‘on the road.’ Tesoro’s commitment to this project is so impressive,” said Dr. Tamara Goetz, Utah STEM Action Center executive director. “They have committed to five years of funding and a willingness to help reach out to other potential partners to make this project a success. The ability to design and deploy a mobile STEM classroom will transform how we bring hands-on STEM to students across the state. The mobile classroom will enable us to share exciting hands on activities and STEM resources with more students, teachers and communities. Our goal is to develop programs that showcase Utah companies and their technology.”

Some of the featured classroom curriculum will include:

  • Video Game Design
  • 3D Printing
  • Computer Software Programming
  • Hardware Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Tesoro and the Utah STEM Action Center will launch the program in 2017.


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 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. 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.