The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative is a critical focus area that will give students the skills needed to increase their career options. Local, state, and regional public and private corporations continue to make major investments in our schools.
STEM activities supported by the foundation include providing foam core boards for students participating in science fairs, and science related supplies to provide hands-on learning activities in the classroom. These enrichment activities include the very successful West High School Robotics program. FOSS (Full Option Science System) kits are another teaching tool for teachers and classrooms as well as for afterschool enrichment activities. These kits are tied to the core course curriculum and follow closely the science area of study by grade level.
The Salt Lake Education Foundation's donors, volunteers and staff know art and music are critical to produce a well-rounded mind. Art and music classes encourage children to express themselves and allow them to take steps towards innovation that they will carry with them throughout their lives. Art and music help students learn skills that are vital to the 21st century labor market including problem solving, using tools, collaborating and clearly expressing their ideas.
The Salt Lake Education Foundation supports the Salt Lake City School District literacy initiative. Research shows that early reading experiences, opportunities to build vocabularies, and literacy rich environments are the most effective ways to support the development of pre-reading and cognitive skills that ensure that children are prepared for success in school, including grade-level reading, and throughout life. The foundation works with community partners to support schools' efforts to increase student literacy.