Utah has one of the most diverse economies in the nation. More and more of the jobs we’re creating, and those we’ll create in the coming years, depend on a well-educated workforce, particularly in critical science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) fields.
Earlier this month, 53 middle and high schools were selected to participate in the STEM technology pilot program this fall, as designated by HB 139 in the 2013 General Legislative session. Last week, 120 teachers from those schools were trained on the technologies approved for implementation this coming school year as part of the program.
The STEM Action Center, approved by the Utah Legislature this year, and the Salt Lake Center for Science Education gave the teachers a full day of training on eleven different technologies selected for the STEM pilot program. The technologies were selected by representatives and experts from the community, the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah System of Higher Education and private industry.
The STEM Action Center was established to help drive research and the implementation of the best STEM education practices across the state. The Utah State Legislature has invested $10 million into this initiative. To learn more, click here.
Business leaders supporting the Prosperity 2020 movement have set the goal to make Salt Lake a STEM Top Ten Center for technology jobs and businesses.