Welcome to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


Welcome to the Utah State Board of Education STEM department. Below you will find information about events happening around the state. Other pages will guide you to resources and opportunities to learn more about STEM.

STEM Departments

Utah State Board of Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE)



STEM Institute

The Utah State Board of Education is pleased to offer you the opportunity to participate in the eighth annual cohort of the STEM Institute. We have repurposed and redesigneed the experience to assist principals, directors, assistant principals, STEM Leaders, and curriculum leaders in leading STEM efforts in their schools. The purpose for this institute is to increase capacity, identify instructional "look fors" for both formal in informal observations in STEM courses, network with other administrators, increase awareness of available resources, and more. The institute will require participants to commit to five all-day sessions spread throughout the school year held at various locations throughout the state. Sessions will include classroom observations and visits to schools and other STEM sites. For this opportunity, there is no distance learning option available. Participation between sessions will keep us connected throughout the year. Intersession participation may include conducting informal classroom observations, visits from Utah State Board of Education staff, or other STEM related options.


Northern Utah

Session 1
October 2, 2018
Weber School District Office
5320 Adams Avenue Parkway
Ogden, Utah 84405

Session 2
November 6, 2018
Green Acres Elementary School
640 East 1900 North
North Ogden, Utah 84414

Session 3
February 13, 2019
Weber Innovation Center
1007 West 12th Street
Ogden, Utah 84404

Central Utah

Session 1
October 29, 2018

Session 2
November 15, 2018

Session 3
February 26, 2019

Locations to be Deteremined!

Southern Utah

Session 1
October 19, 2018
Iron County School District
1685 West Midvalley Road
Cedar City, Utah 84721

Session 2
November 16, 2018
North Elementary School
550 West 200 North
Cedar City, Utah 84720

Session 3
February 15, 2019
Iron County School District
1685 West Midvalley Road
Cedar City, Utah 84721


Application for 2018-2019 Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant

Instructions for Local Education Agencies (LEAs)

Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE)

iSEE is a collaborative partnership between Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway, The Leonardo, The Living Planet Aquarium, Red Butte Garden, Natural History Museum of Utah, HawkWatch International, Thanksgiving Point, and the Utah State Board of Education.

iSEE programs serve K-12 teachers and students and are designed to spark students' natural curiosity and sense of wonder by providing exciting opportunities to experience science, practice science skills, and gain a deeper understanding of science.

A Request For Proposals (RFP) has been released to the public for new institutions interested in joining iSEE with provisional status. This grant opportunity is open to any non-profit institution that meets all the requirements outlined therein. This funding is available pending Utah Legislative approval and proposals are due on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5 p.m.

iSEE Competitive Grant Application:

Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MSP)

Title II, Part B

The MSP grant was a federally funded (Title II, Part B) competitive grant program. The MSP grant was discontinued by the Federal Government with the adoption of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR)

Centers Initiative Application

USTAR's goal is to create USTAR Centers that will enhance the ability of district and charter schools to attract and retain mathematics and science teachers while simultaneously offering more opportunities for students and effectively using the capacity of capital facilities.


The last USTAR application period occurred for Utah Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in spring of 2017 for three-year funding from Fiscal Year 2018 to Fiscal Year 2020. During this past application and review period, all USTAR legislative funding was awarded to the LEAs that applied and funding is now fully encumbered through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. All LEAs that are currently interested in applying for USTAR future funding will need to wait for the next application period which is not expected to occur until Spring 2020 for Fiscal Year 2021.

Note: The funding of all USTAR grants is contingent on continued funding from the Utah State Legislature.

Application instructions, forms, and documents from the previous review period are available here for reference in future application periods.

RFP Application Instructions | RFP Application 2017-2018 Form

Application Programming DescriptionsFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Secondary Mathematics Previous Winners:

  • 2015: Vicky Lyon
  • 2013: Nathan Auck
  • 2011: Vivian Shell
  • 2009: Janet Sutorius
  • 2007: Travis Lemon
  • 2005: Leslie Butler
  • 2003: Scott Hendrickson
  • 2002: Ember Storrs
  • 2001: Mary Richmond
  • 2000: Diana Suddreth
  • 1999: Adella Croft
  • 1998: Sandra Tanner
  • 1997: Kristin Hadley
  • 1996: Christine Waddell
  • 1995: Janet Walter
  • 1994: David Barton
  • 1993: Robinette Bowden
  • 1992: Cindy Watson-Cunningham
  • 1991: Marilyn Keir
  • 1990: Carletta Elich
  • 1989: Pamela Giles'
  • 1988: David Pehrson
  • 1987: Steven Cottrell
  • 1986: Charles Miller
  • 1985: Doyle Rowley
  • 1984: Jolene Morris
  • 1983: Jacquelyn Stonebraker


Schools, Administrators, and Teachers

Student and Parents

Summer Camps:

Discovery Gateway

Hogle Zoo

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Thanksgiving Point

The Leonardo

YMCA of Northern Utah


Joleigh Honey
STEM/Mathematics Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7794 | E-mail

Krystol Carfaro
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7988 | E-mail

Nathan Auck
Early College/STEM Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7664 | E-mail

Kira Hedden
Office Specialist II
Phone: (801) 538-7773 | E-mail

Melissa Mendenhall
Elementary Science/STEM Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7547 | E-mail