STEM

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative is a critical focus area that will give students the skills needed to increase their options for future careers.

Glendale CLC Groundbreaking

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative is a critical focus area of the Salt Lake City School District’s Development and External Relations Department and the Salt Lake Education Foundation. Both work together to provide high quality learning opportunities throughout the students’ K-12 experience. The effort includes expanding and enhancing STEM learning activities that will give students the skills needed to increase their options for future careers. This initiative helps students foster an interest and, eventually, a love for these fundamental areas of expertise.

 Early exposure and a concentration on hands-on, experiential, and lab-based learning opportunities play significant roles in students’ decisions and choices in middle and high school coursework and their interest in accessing advanced placement opportunities, pursuit of higher education, and eventual career goals.

It is recognized that for any industry to remain competitive in the global economy, there must be a shift in focus to immerse students in STEM-focused, innovative, entrepreneurial learning environments as part of the K-12 experience.

Recent activities include:

  • Display boards for science fair preparation for all students
  • Garden Learning Centers for garden based learning
  • Expanded robotics teams and competitions
  • Professional development learning opportunities for teachers in math and science to enhance the classroom experience
  • Middle school field trips to the University of Utah to explore STEM programs
  • Hour of coding
  • STEM business and Industry partnerships

The STEM initiative exists to ensure students reach their true potential – as the innovators and industry leaders of tomorrow.