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

Overview

Welcome to the Utah State Board of Education STEM department. Below you will find contact information for our STEM Team. Please reach out if you have questions, comments, or concerns about all things STEM

Educator Endorsements

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary STEM Endorsement
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing

Elementary STEM Endorsement Course Framework

Elementary STEM Endorsement Course Overview

Energy in STEM for Elementary Teachers

Force in STEM for Elementary Teachers

Mathematics for Teaching K-8 Data Analysis and Problem-Solving

Matter in STEM for Elementary Teachers

Nature of Science and Engineering

STEM Practices with a Focus on Technology and Problem-Based Learning

Coming Revision of Elementary STEM Endorsement

To support educators in having access to the most current information in the progressive domain of STEM education, the Elementary STEM Endorsement is under revision. The following sections provide information about the updated purpose for the endorsement, who may earn it, requirements to earn it, and the writing process.

Purpose of Endorsement

The purpose of Utah’s Elementary STEM Endorsement is to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content areas through the inclusion of sound classroom pedagogy, embedded authentic communication, and reflection on relevant standards and practices. The course frameworks are designed to ensure that practicing K-6 educators gain the knowledge and skills needed (a) to deepen student learning in STEM disciplines, (b) to make natural connections between these disciplines, (c) to promote authentic learning experiences for students, and (d) to promote college and career awareness of STEM opportunities.

Who May Earn the Endorsement

The Utah Elementary STEM Endorsement is intended for K-6 educators and may be added to a Utah Educator License that contains an Elementary or Special Education area of concentration.

Requirements for Endorsement

Educators may earn an Elementary STEM Endorsement by taking three courses beyond either an Elementary Science or Elementary Mathematics Endorsement or by taking a combination of six courses from these two endorsements plus the three STEM courses (see graphic below). All courses must have grades of C or better.

Elementary STEM Endorsement (In addition to either an Elementary Science or Mathematics Endorsement or a combination of six courses from the two endorsements)

Elementary Science Endorsement-Coming Soon in 2021!

Elementary Mathematics Endorsement

STEM for Teaching K-6 Science

STEM for Teaching K-6 Technology and Engineering

STEM for Teaching K-6 Mathematics

Nature of Science

Systems in Science

Matter and Energy in Science

Cause and Effect in Science

Stability and Change in Science

Classroom Practice in Science

Mathematics for Teaching K-6 Numbers and Operation

Mathematics for Teaching K-6 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning

Mathematics for Teaching K-6 Geometry and Measurement

Mathematics for Teaching K-6 Algebraic Reasoning

Mathematics for Teaching K-6 Data Analysis and Problem Solving

Mathematics for Teaching K-6 Assessment and Intervention

The new Elementary STEM Endorsement framework will be accepted starting in January 2021. For those who have completed or are currently enrolled in the prior STEM Endorsement framework, the name will be changed to Elementary STEM Endorsement with a Science Emphasis. Teachers may choose to either finish that endorsement or to have the coursework transferred to an aligned course in the new Elementary Science Endorsement. Paperwork to make this designation will be included on the Elementary STEM and Science Endorsement application forms as of January 2021. This choice is available through June 2022.

Courses and Suggested Sequence

Frameworks for required courses were designed by teams of educators from Higher Education, Local Educational Authorities, and Charter schools. They are based on the Utah Science with Engineering (SEEd) Standards, the Utah Core Standards for Mathematics, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards and their supporting research documents. Also, there is no recommended sequence. The courses may be taken in any order.

STEM Institute

The Utah State Board of Education will be offering a new session of the STEM Institute in 2020. An announcement will be posted to this page and sent to the STEM Listserv when details are finalized.

What is New for this Coming Institute

In collaboration with a team of principals, teachers, district specialists, and the STEM Action Center, USBE specialists have developed a new focus for the institute! This reimagined institute will address building a STEM ecosystem for your context through systemness by including district and site administration, coaches, and classroom educators. In order to build a STEM vision for each team that attends, there will be sessions where teams will work together to design an implementation plan for their system as well as breakout sessions that address job specific topics. This will allow time for all to collaborate as teams and with fellow colleagues. Another new feature for this coming institute, the sessions will be held both in person and online, which will allow for teams to work together at their location without having to travel for all of the sessions. Also, coaches will be available to support teams and provide consultation for individual needs.

Highlights from 2019-2020 Institute

The STEM 2019-2020 Institute was a huge success with John Hughes and Tami Bird leading the way as site Administrative Lead Facilitators.

Session One

Session One Presentation
Google Docs

  • Doug Paulson from the Minnesota Department of Education inspired participants during his guest interactive presentation: A Vision for STEM Education.
Sessions Two, Three, and Four

Session Two Presentation | Session Three Presentation | Session Four Presentation 
Google Docs

  • Focused on effective tier one instruction for mathematics, science, and technology, respectively.
Session Five

Session Five Presentation
Google Docs

  • Culminated the whole experience by delving into engineering design, equity, and planning for the future of STEM in individual contexts.
Resource

STEM4: The Power of Collaboration for Change

Grants

The STEM Endorsement Incentive Program (STEM EIP) was created in July of 2019 to incentivize educators across the state to achieve endorsements in the STEM subjects. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will be using these funds to provide reimbursement for applicable STEM endorsement coursework for both elementary and secondary educators. For more information, please refer to the STEM Endorsement Incentive Program Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) Google Docs.

Mathematics/Science Opportunities for Students and Teachers (MOST) Program

The MOST Program’s goal is to create support for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in attracting and retaining mathematics and science teachers while simultaneously offering more opportunities for students and effectively using the capacity of capital facilities. The legislature has historically allocated $6.2 million annually to support LEAs in pursuing these goals across the state.

The application period for MOST is currently closed. We anticipate the next application period to open in early 2021. All LEAs that are interested in applying can find resources in the STEM Endorsement Incentive Program Frequently Asked Question (FAQ).

Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE)

Informal Science Education Enhancement (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.

STEM Team

Nathan Auck
STEM Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7664 | E-mail

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

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

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