News Release
For Immediate Release
December 4, 2015

Kaitlin Felsted, Marketing Communications Specialist
STEM Action Center

Utah’s Escalante Elementary School to Receive $10,000 from
Award ceremony spotlights one of many Utah weeklong Hour of Code events

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— Escalante Elementary School has been selected by for a $10,000 award for the school to purchase computer hardware and accessories to improve computer science learning for students. Cameron Wilson, chief operating officer and VP of government affairs at, will present the award in an assembly at the school on Dec. 7 at 1:20 p.m.

Mischelle Colby, a teacher at Escalante Elementary School in the Salt Lake City School District, submitted the application and was selected from a competitive pool of Utah school applicants for this award. The funds will help bring much-needed technology to the school to support improved student learning outcomes and exposure to computer science.

“We are very excited and grateful to for this opportunity and for recognizing our school,” said Paula Espinoza, assistant principal at Escalante Elementary. “It’s so important to give students access to code technology as early as possible, it helps them see how it ties in with what they’re learning in class and how it can be a potential career path.”

This award is part of the state’s partnership with to increase computer science opportunities for all Utah students in grades K-12.

“ is excited to partner with both the Utah STEM Action Center and Utah State Office of Education to expand access to computer science. They are among our first state partners leading the nation in this movement,” Wilson said. “This partnership can help change the lives of Utah’s students by giving them foundational knowledge that can serve them throughout their lives and put them on a pathway toward the highest-demand jobs in the U.S. economy.”

Monday Dec. 7 is also the start of the global movement Hour of Code, which was created by in 2013 and reaches tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in more than 40 languages. No experience is required.

State and local leadership will be present at the all-school assembly where the check will be presented, and then partner leaders and 4th grade students at the school will engage in an Hour of Code.

Other Hour of Code Events in Utah:
Gov. Gary R. Herbert will learn to code with students grades 1st through 8th from Ascent Academy on Dec. 7, 2015.

Engineers from Goldman Sachs will provide training to a group of 8th grade students on Dec.11, 2015, to teach students how to code.


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 environment and tourist 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.