Utah Valley STEM Foundation

Inspire to Dream Higher

Provo, UT   |  www.uvstem.org

Mission

Support science, technology, engineering, and math initiatives throughout the Utah Valley by working with local schools, businesses, and community leaders to empower K-12 students to create sustainable, award-winning STEM teams.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Mitchell Clarke

Main address

2279 N University Pkwy Suite 148

Provo, UT 84604 USA

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EIN

82-2293722

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FIRST Robotics Competition Team #6844: The Provotypes

FRC team 6844 is a student-led program which inspires high school students to apply STEM principles in an upbeat environment. These students design and build a full-size robot which is then used at competitions in the Utah Valley and throughout the United States.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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Related Program

FIRST Robotics Competition Team #6844: The Provotypes

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

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FIRST Robotics Competition Team #6844: The Provotypes

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Utah Valley STEM Foundation aims to provide all students K-12 with immersive, afterschool STEM programs. These programs aim to heighten core math and science skills, as well as competencies in communication, strategy, teamwork, and leadership. These fundamental strengths are meant to prepare students as they commence their post-secondary education or enter the workforce. Specifically, these students will be prepared to lead as innovators in their respective fields.

In order to best prepare our students to lead in the future, we have taken a student-led approach which allows them to assume responsibilities that they will have in their industry. We allow them to make decisions and delegate tasks to other members of the team as they see fit. Though we expect them to lead and act autonomously, we also provide a core group of mentors with which they may receive guidance.

We firmly believe that lasting learning can only be achieved by actively participating in the process. Though some activities may require lecture-based learning, the majority of our programs center around the student actively participating in a lab environment. As they participate, they retain and process the fundamental STEM skills that they have learned in the classroom.

As an organization, we recognize that the students must be able to act on their classroom learning. To do so, we partner with organizations such as FIRST to provide hands-on STEM programs. FIRST Robotics Competition provides high schoolers with opportunities to learn more about strategy, mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic systems, computer programming, business, and much more. These programs are supported primarily by college mentors who have similar experiences in high school. They are supported as well by interested community members who actively participate in STEM fields.

In our first year, we have seen two high school graduates pursuing education and degrees in STEM fields. Previous students have returned to more prominent leadership roles and are thriving as they continue to create a productive learning environment for their peers. In our previous year’s surveys, we saw growth in each student’s ability to express themselves and communicate difficult concepts. Students also reported increased understanding of STEM topics.

We are aiming to double the size of our program over the next year and add a program in a neighboring city the following year. We are also looking to expand partnerships with area businesses with an interest in STEM. These partnerships would work to support our programs as well as provide valuable work opportunities for our students in the future.

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Utah Valley STEM Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mitchell Clarke

Stuart Myers

Brennon Brimhall

Jacob Dean

Kenneth Angell

Mark Colton

Sierra Clarke

Mitchell Clarke

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable