The Southern Utah STEM Awards is seeking nominations of educators and businesses who go above and beyond to emphasize and support STEM education.
Hosted by Utah Tech University, Southern Utah University, Dixie Technical College and Southwest Technical College, the second annual Southern Utah STEM Awards honor kindergarten through 12th grade STEM teachers who motivate youth to immerse themselves in STEM and local businesses that support STEM education efforts. Nominations are open through Feb. 29 and can be submitted at www.suu.edu/stem/stem-awards.html.
“STEM education plays a crucial role in shaping the future by inspiring and equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complexities of the modern world,” Jessica Davis, director of STEM Outreach at Utah Tech University, said. “Our local educators and community members are creating amazing opportunities in this space, and this awards night allows us to celebrate them and all they do for the youth of Southern Utah.”
This year’s award program is building off the success of last year’s inaugural ceremony.
“As we look ahead, we are eager to continue this tradition of recognizing excellence in STEM education,” Dylan Kirklin, director of Southern Utah University’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning, said. “The collective effort of teachers, professors, instructors and businesses contributes significantly to preparing the next generation for the challenges and opportunities of the future.”
Educators working in public, private or charter schools in Washington, Kane, Iron, San Juan, Garfield, Piute, Beaver, Wayne, Millard, Grand, Sevier and Emery counties may be nominated for the awards, which will be given out at a banquet on April 24 on the Utah Tech campus.
“We need help knowing who to recognize,” Davis said. “If someone knows of a teacher or community member who is doing amazing work in the world of STEM education, we ask that they please take a few minutes to nominate them for an award.”