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Governor's Office of Economic Development Reveals $2 Million STEM Media Campaign

Bob Nelson

The Governor's Office of Economic Development launched its 2-million dollar STEM Media Campaign Thursday at Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City. In 2013 legislators approved 8 and a half million dollars to support math readiness and another 1 and a half million to set up the Utah STEM Action Center to build student skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. Executive Director of GOED, Spencer Eccles, says kids need to have these skills whether they are going to be artists or astronauts.

“That’s where the world is headed. And if we don't do our job as leaders of this state and as leaders of a community, we don't provide opportunity for the state,” says Eccles, “we don't provide opportunity for our kids, that’s why we're doing it.”

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Governor Gary Herbert poses with the dozens of business executives, and TV and movie personalities in support of "STEM Utah: Curiosity Unleashed."

Major corporations in Utah like Adobe, Goldman Sachs, and Fidelity as well as a host of small businesses put in the more than 2 million dollars to create the campaign. The messaging in “STEM Utah: Curiosity Unleashed” is for both students and parents. It says that having STEM skills creates exciting opportunities in all fields. Governor Gary Herbert addressed the packed auditorium calling for continued legislative support. His proposed budget includes 3-million dollars for expansion of the STEM program.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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