“We are looking forward to implementing additional, science, technology, education and mathematics related material into our curriculum,” said Angie Gillete, Willow Elementary School principal. “It is so exciting to watch students creating, engineering, and collaborating on higher-level thinking activities that will benefit our students in the future."
In order to receive the designation, Willow Elementary had to complete a comprehensive digital portfolio that showed excellence in STEM education, including student project-based learning, community partnerships and support for teacher professional learning.
During the review process Utah stakeholders evaluated the digital portfolio submitted by Willow Elementary and visited the school. STEM school designations last for five years.
“I am excited that Willow Elementary is now a designated STEM school. It has been an awesome year,” said Gillete. “We would like to thank all of our teachers, students, and parents for helping us integrate STEM into school this year!”
The Utah State Board of Education, along with the Utah STEM Action Center, developed the Utah STEM Schools Designation program to better define and standardize the elements that create a comprehensive STEM learning environment for Utah students.
The program furthers schools’ opportunities to engage in STEM-related discussions with faculty and community partners and develop strong instruction for students to prepare them for college and careers. The designation also serves as an indicator for members of the public who are looking for quality STEM school experiences in Utah K-12 education.
For more information about STEM school Designation go the Utah STEM School Designation website at: https://stem.utah.gov/for-educators/stem-schools-designation/