Science Community Opportunities

August 1, 2022

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General Opportunities (K-12):

  • Utah Learn@Home Student Science Experiences - Created by Utah teachers for at-home science engagement aligned to SEEd Standards

  • Utah K-12 OER Science Textbooks - Aligned to new SEEd Standard

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  • Public Education Summary. This summary is intended to be a review of selected highlights of education-related legislation from the 2022 Legislative Session. This Quick Guide is designed for teachers, parents, and public education-related organizations.

  • Office of Energy Award Application 2022. This award is provided by the Office of Energy Development & UtSTA. Utah is one of the most energy-rich states and students will play a critical role in the development and use of these energies. You, the teacher, play the most important role in ensuring Utah reaches its full economic potential by providing a highly-skilled labor force and enabling the student to become the scientist. There will be an award for an Elementary teacher and a Secondary Teacher.

  • Canyonlands Outside: Family fun, outside! Professional development opportunity to experience erosion and be able to bring concepts back to your classroom. Where: Canyonlands National Park (Different years, different places, see the section's information and also for abundant information. When: PD scedule can vary, for 2022: 11AM to 2PM including lunch (to build a layered sandwich). FAMILY FRIENDLY but must have supervising adult. After this professional development, teachers will recognize that erosion/deposition surrounds us. Erosion takes materials from one place and deposits them somewhere else. EROSION/DEPOSITION millions of years ago made the rock layers of Canyonlands. EROSION/DEPOSITION now exposes those layers and creates spectacular scenery. EROSION/DEPOSITION can be modeled several ways including with a sandwich, with "lego" blocks, and with mathematics.

  • Teacher Trilobite Day: K-12 Science Framework Crosscutting Concepts -patterns, cause and effect and scale. Standard ESS.2.4 Develop and use a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different scales.

  • Grant to assist rural teachers to attend the UtSTA Fall Conference. Apply now for the October 7, 2022, Teaching Science in the Multiverse. Apply at

  • UtSTA Fall Conference "Teaching Science in the Multiverse" - Join with 1000 science teachers from across the state in a one day conference on October 7th!! Register at 60 break out sessions. Teacher Awards. Keynote by Dr. Mike Heithaus.

Elementary (K-6) Opportunities:

Secondary (7-12) Opportunities:

  • The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is excited to announce that nominations and applications for the 22/23 awards cycle are open! This nomination cycle is focused towards Secondary Mathematics and Secondary Science teachers. Take a minute to pay it forward and nominate one of your amazing colleagues!
  • Online Endorsement Courses - register for online 12 week courses that count toward your science endorsements! Reimbursements available through your LEA!! Go to for a list of courses that start on September 15th.
  • MEET THE SCIENTIST - Register to spend an hour with Rob Davies, a Weber State Physicist whose work focuses on Global Change, Human Vibrancy, and the Science of Systems. This is a VIRTUAL event on September15th that starts at 4:30. Go to for more information!!
Please note: These are opportunities that have been requested to be shared with the Utah science teacher community. The Utah State Board of Education has not specifically vetted or endorsed the programs shared. Any concerns or questions should be directed to the organizations associated specifically with the event.

Melissa Mendenhall

Elementary Science/STEM Specialist

Utah State Board of Education

Milo Maughan

Secondary Science Education Specialist

Utah State Board of Education