TWO BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE AMONG 30 FINALISTS IN A NATIONAL STEM COMPETITION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Sandy, Utah-Beehive Science and Technology Academy seventh grade students, Sidor Clare and Kassie Holt, have been selected as top 30 finalists in the ninth annual Broadcom MASTERS, a national STEM competition for middle school students.
Clare and Holt were among three Utah students to qualify for the finals. The third student, Mercedes Randhahn, is an eighth grade student from Saint Joseph Middle School in Ogden.
According to Broadcom MASTERS (an acronym for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science and the Public, "The competition seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future."
Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from over 2,300 applicants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and two U.S. territories. Students will next compete in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 25 through 30 for the top award of $25,000. The final competition will test students' abilities in STEM, critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.
All 30 finalists will receive a $500 cash award and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the competition.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy is a tuition-free charter school for grades 6 through 12. The school is located at 830 E. 9400 S. in Sandy, Utah.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY STUDENTS WIN BRONZE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL AWARD
Sandy-Beehive Science and Technology Academy ninth grader, Ketura Murthy and 10th grader, Anastasia Varela, have been awarded a bronze Congressional medal award. The award was presented to Murthy and Varela by Utah congressman, John Curtis, the U.S. representative for Utah's 3rd congressional district.
Ketura is the daughter of Mike and Mercy Murphy. Anastasia is the daughter of Nicole Varela.
According to the website about the award, "The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14 to 23 year-olds. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you'd like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace - on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program. Regardless of your situation, you can earn the Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge."
Beehive Science and Technology Academy is a public, tuition-free charter school based in Sandy, Utah. The school serves students in grades 6 through 12.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY HIRES NEW ENGLISH TEACHER
Sandy-Beehive Science and Technology Academy has hired Ginger Price as one of the charter school's English teachers.
The Millcreek resident was most recently an English teacher at Roy High School, where she taught 10th and 11th grade general English courses. Price had been at Roy High School since May 2019. She received her bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Utah in 2013 (and graduated Magna Cum Laude) and her master's degree from the University of Utah in English in 2016. During her time as a graduate student at the University of Utah, she worked part-time as a graduate instructor, and taught undergraduate students the techniques and genres of academic rhetoric and composition.
Price said, "I'm really looking forward to working with the talented, curious, and innovative students here. Even though I'm an English teacher at a STEM-based school, I actually think that a
study of the sciences is enhanced by a study of the humanities: while the two separate disciplines both promote an understanding of the world around them, the humanities asks students to
consider and better understand themselves as an individual, and I think that's a pretty powerful component of education that will enable my students to do even more and greater things."
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY AND DIRECTOR HANIFI OGUZ ARE AMONG 2019 LIVING COLOR AWARD WINNERS
Salt Lake City-Beehive Science and Technology Academy and the school's director, Hanifi Oguz, have been named as 2019 Living Color Gala award honorees.
The first-ever Living Color Gala awards were organized by Utah Business magazine. According to the magazine, the awards recognize "those who have made it their mission to attract and foster diversity initiatives here in the state of Utah." Award winners, including Beehive and Oguz, will be featured in the 2019 issue of Utah Business magazine and honored at a black-tie gala on Aug. 21 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
To see the Utah Business article, which includes Beehive and Oguz, visit https://www.utahbusiness.com/2
In addition to Utah Business magazine, other organizations involved with the awards were the Black Chamber of Commerce, the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the SLC Pacific Island Business Alliance, the Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, the Utah Cultural Trust and Young Professionals Salt Lake City.
Oguz told Utah Business, "The mission and the vision of my school that I work for is to promote diversity and increase the love and appreciation for diversity in the community by providing an exceptional STEM curriculum to all diverse groups and under-represented groups of the community. I and my colleagues spend our time and efforts in creating a more harmonious community."
BEEHIVE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY NAMED THIRD BEST PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN UTAH
Sandy—Beehive Science & Technology Academy has been named the third best public high school in Utah for 2020 by Niche (163 Utah schools were included in the ranking).
According to Niche’s website, ““Niche is a website that helps you discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you. We rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.”
Niche awarded Beehive an overall grade of A+, which is the highest grade possible.
According to Beehive Principal Hanifi Oguz, “Our school has consistently received high marks from Niche over the past several years. We hope that parents and students looking for a STEM school will consider Niche’s rankings as they seek out a new school.”
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY NAMES
NEW SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Sandy—Beehive Science and Technology Academy, the Sandy-based charter school for grades 6 through 12, has named Alexis “Lexie” Hemeyer as its school counselor.
Hemeyer received her master of counseling degree in mental health and school counseling emphasis from the University of Arizona in May 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and psychology from Dixie State University in 2013. Prior to joining Beehive, she was an internship volunteer with the Timpanogos High School Counseling Center. She has also been an internship volunteer with Utah Valley University’s Academic Counseling Center and a practicum volunteer with Reflections Recovery Center. From 2014 to 2015, she was a shift supervisor and staff member at Three Points Center in LaVerkin. She was also a long-term substitute for the school counselor at Dixie Sun Elementary School in 2014.
Hemeyer was raised in Oakley, Utah. She lived in Spain for two years. She is married to Brandon Hemeyer, a pre-med student at BYU.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy opened in 2005. The school offers a curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Beehive was named Charter School of the Year 2016 by the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, and given Platinum STEM School Designation (the highest designation possible—and Beehive was one of only two schools to receive this designation that year) by the Utah State Board of Education and the STEM Action Center for the 2015/2016 school year. (Incidentally, there are now over 120 public charter schools in Utah.) In October 2017, Beehive was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2017 through 2019. Beehive is the first and only Utah school to receive this national honor. Beehive is located at 830 E. 9400 S. in Sandy.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY GRADUATION IS MAY 30
PC Laptops' Dan Young to be commencement speaker
Sandy-Beehive Science and Technology Academy's graduation ceremonies will be held Thursday, May 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College's Miller Campus (9750 S. 300 W.) in Building MFEC, room 101. Graduates should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for pictures.
The main commencement speaker will be PC Laptops founder and CEO, Dan Young. In addition, Beehive students Tyler Thomas, Sasha Singh and Sahana Kargi will address the class of 2019. The three students were chosen by computing a combination of grade point average, ACT score and college courses taken. Beehive's class of 2019 includes 23 graduates.
Young, also known as Dan "the Laptop Man," was born in 1971 and raised in Southern California. He is a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from China to the United States in the late 1930s.
With nine Utah locations, PC Laptops has been among the fastest growing companies in America as listed by Inc. Magazine. In addition to PC Laptops, Young has founded some technology companies specializing in gaming, enterprise cloud security and remote technical services.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY RANKED SECOND BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN UTAH BY U.S. NEWS
Sandy—U.S. News has ranked Beehive Science and Technology Academy as the second best high school in Utah. The Sandy-based charter school was also ranked as number 736 in national rankings, number 138 among all charter schools in the nation, and number 116 among magnet high schools (magnet schools are those with a specialized curriculum).
U.S. News ranks schools based on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. U.S. News included 17,245 schools in its rankings.
The only school in Utah to rank above Beehive was InTech College High School (a charter school) in Logan. That school achieved a score of 98.42 out of 100 compared with Beehive’s 95.73.
One of the factors cited by U.S. News in Beehive’s rankings was that 50 percent of the school’s high school students participate in AP classes.
THREE BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY STUDENTS HONORED AT THE 2019 UTAH STEM SIGNING DAY
Salt Lake City—Three Beehive Science and Technology Academy students were honored at the inaugural Utah STEM Signing Day held April 29 at the Utah State Capitol. The event was presented by Boeing and the Utah STEM Action Center (part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development). Beehive seniors Matthew Jones, Sasha Singh and Sahana Kargi were invited to the ceremony and presentation.
The students signed letters of intent for their chosen STEM field as part of the ceremony. They were also invited to visit the Utah Boeing facility and meet with Boeing engineers and executives.
In order to be considered for the honor, Utah high school seniors had to have an interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Furthermore, they had to plan on pursuing a two- or four-year degree in a related field. Students submitted a school transcript, earned certificates, standardized test scores, resume, a list of awards received, along with other materials like projects and presentations.
Beehive Director/Principal Hanifi Oguz was an invited guest of the event.
TEAM INCLUDING BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY STUDENTS WINS TWO AWARDS AT THE FIRST LEGO LEAGUE WORLD FESTIVAL IN HOSTON
Sandy, Utah—A team that included three Beehive Science and Technology students won two awards at the FIRST (an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League World Festival Competition that was held in Houston April 17 through 20.
The Bionic Porcupines team won second place in the mechanical design category and 16th place in the robot game. The team competed against 108 other teams from around the world.
According to one of the Bionic Porcupines coaches, Annie Drennan, her team had 13- and 14-year-old students competing against many teams made up of 18-year-olds.
In order to participate in the World Festival Competition, the Bionic Porcupines team had to move through a series of local competitions that culminated at the Utah First Lego League at Southern Utah University on Feb. 16. The Bionic Porcupines won the Champion’s Award and first place in the robot game during the event. This was the second year in a row that the Bionic Porcupines have gone to the World Festival Competition.
Bionic Porcupines team members from Beehive are Allison Drennan, Kassie Holt and Timothy Holt. Also on the team are Mount Jordan’s Adria Brooks and Midvale Middle School’s Eric Snaufer and Andrew Wan. This team is coached by Drennan, Mark Snaufer and Ben Holt.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY STUDENTS PROVIDE DESIGN FOR WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL
Sandy, Utah—A team of 10 students from Beehive Science and Technology Academy has submitted an Easter egg design that will be displayed at the White House Easter Egg Roll to be held on April 22 in Washington, D.C. The egg designed by the Beehive Science and Technology Academy students will represent the state of Utah.
In March 2019, Beehive Science and Technology Academy was asked by the Utah State Board of Education State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson if the charter school could represent Utah by designing the egg. According to the criteria from the U.S. Department of Education, participating schools in the White House Easter Egg Roll project would ideally be Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-centered.
The design requirements stipulated that only five colors (gold, red, pink, blue and green, and white as the background color) could be used. In addition, the design had to be emblematic of the state. Beehive Science and Technology Academy’s design included images of delicate arch, a skier, a seagull and a honeycomb pattern. Beehive Science and Technology Academy art teacher, Carelene Walloch, oversaw the project, and computer science teacher, Sumeyra Gul, assisted. Students involved with the project were Jamison Wayman, Heather Cloward, Aliah Tedjamulia, Isaac Wilcoxon, Asim Kablan, Elnura Kibarova, Hayden Ure, Michael Mertens, Zaya Harker and Aiden Pasinsky.
The White House Egg Roll dates back to 1878 under the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy is a tuition-free charter school for grades 6 through 12 located in Sandy, Utah. Beehive was named Charter School of the Year 2016 by the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, and given Platinum STEM School Designation (the highest designation possible—and Beehive was one of only two schools to receive this designation that year) by the Utah State Board of Education and the STEM Action Center for the 2015/2016 school year. (Incidentally, there are now over 120 public charter schools in Utah.) In October 2017, Beehive was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2017 through 2019. Beehive is the first and only Utah school to receive this national honor.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY’S JUDY WALD WINS
BEST OF STATE AWARD
Long-time volunteer and employee to be honored June 12 at awards gala
Sandy, Utah—Beehive Science and Technology Academy’s Parent Communication and Volunteer Coordinator Judy Wald has won a Best of State award in the education category. Wald won in the support personnel category.
There were 36 categories under education for this year’s competition (the competition has been held since 2010).
Wald will be presented with a Best of State medal at the Best of State Awards Gala to be held on the evening of June 12 at the Salt Palace Convention Center Grand Ballroom.
Wald actually began working at Beehive as a volunteer in 2005, the same year the charter school opened its doors. Three of her four sons have attended Beehive—the youngest is now a senior at the school. As a result of her time associating with the school, she has worked with five principals, and has seen the school grow in size and stature. In 2012, Beehive hired Wald as a part-time employee with the title of volunteer coordinator, and in 2014, she transitioned to full-time status. In 2016, she was given the title of parent communication and volunteer coordinator.
Beehive Director Hanifi Oguz has said, “Judy is the backbone of our school. We simply couldn’t operate without her.”
To learn more about Best of State, visit https://www.bestofstate.org/ Any persons associated with Beehive and Wald are encouraged to purchase tickets to the black-tie preferred gala.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy Student Achieves Top ACT Score
Sandy, Utah--Sanjana Kargi, daughter of Vasudev and Sudha Kargi, and a junior at Beehive Science and Technology Academy in Sandy, Utah, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
Only around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.
ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the U.S.
HALIS KABLAN NAMED CHARTER SCHOOL EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Salt Lake City—Beehive Science and Technology Academy’s Dean of Academics/Assessment Director Halis Kablan has been named the Charter School Employee of the Month for April 2019 by the Utah State Charter School Board.
Kablan was presented with a certificate and a $25 Amazon gift card at the Charter Directors meeting in April at the Utah State Board of Education offices.
In his nomination of Kablan for this recognition, Beehive Principal Hanifi Oguz wrote, “Mr. Kablan works with many teachers, students and parents on a wide variety of issues. During the past eight years, I have not heard a single negative comment about him from anyone. He is very patient, accommodating, caring and helpful. People love him. We have many alumni students who graduated years ago who still come back to our school to visit him. You can go to him for help, and he will stop what he is doing to help you right away. The word, ‘no,’ is not in his dictionary. He may be busy or occupied, but if you ask him to do something or help, he will attend to you right away.”
Kablan has been with Beehive Science and Technology Academy since 2007. He was initially hired as a biology/science teacher. Since joining Beehive, he has also been the robotics coach, home visit coordinator, science department chair, assessment director, program coordinator, college mentorship and leadership director, STEM coordinator. He has been working on his doctorate in education at the University of Utah since August 2018.
FOUR BEEHIVE STUDENTS ADVANCE TO NATIONAL
TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATIONCOMPETITION TO BE HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 28 THROUGH JULY 2
Sandy, Utah--Four Beehive Science and Technology Academy students have qualified to compete in the national Technology Student Association to be held in Washington, D.C. June 28 through July 2. The students qualified by advancing through a competition held at Davis Technical College on March 20.
The students going to Washington, D.C. are: Sanjana Kargi (first place in extemporaneous speech); Isabella Todd (second place in prepared presentation); Nihal Kariparduc and Cade Langston (third place in board game design).
Beehive’s children’s story team made it to the semi-finals of the Utah competition. Team members were Nihal Kariparduc, M’Kaylee Emery, Betul Oguz, Hakan Kariparduc and Elnura Kibrova.
Beehive biology and chemistry teacher, Dr. Kristina Pavlovic, serves as the advisor to the school’s Technology Student Association.
According to its website, “The Technology Student Association enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in STEM, whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitive events and related programs.”
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY STUDENTS CAPTURE
AWARDS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
Salt Lake City—Beehive Science and Technology Academy students captured several awards at the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair held March 12 through 14.
The annual science and engineering competition was held at Rice Eccles Stadium and included students in grades 5 through 12 from Canyons, Granite, Murray, North Sanpete, Park City, Salt Lake and Tooele School Districts, area charter schools and the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese. According to the University of Utah, “Participation in science fair stimulates student's interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions and critical thinking.”
Beehive students who won include: Sanjana Kargi and Dua Azhar, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) grand prize winners (one of six)—they will get to compete at the International Science Fair to be held May 12 through 17 in Phoenix; Aiden Pasinsky, Intel ISEF observer—he will get to attend the International Science Fair in May as an observer; Kassie Holt and Sidor Clare, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, junior division; Braxton Dake, Mu Alpha Theta, second place; Nihal Kariparduc and Zachary Maynard, Symantec, senior division; Kassie Holt and Sidor Clare, Broadcom Masters, 13th place.
Award winners in specific categories included: Aiden Pasinsky, Biology and Biochemistry, third place, senior; Nihal Kariparduc and Zachary Maynard, Energy—Chemical and Physical, first place, senior; Sanjana Kargi and Dua Azhar, Engineering—Electrical and Computer Science, first place, senior; Kassie Holt and Sidor Clare, Engineering—Materials and Biomedical, second place, junior; Nicholas Jacob, Engineering—Mechanical, first place, junior; and Braxton Dake, Physics, Astronomy and Math, second place, senior.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy is recognized with the AP Computer Science Principles Female Diversity Award
[Sandy, Utah] – Beehive Science and Technology Academy has earned the first College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Beehive Science and Technology Academy is one of only 685 to accomplish this.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy is a public, tuition-free charter for grades 6 through 12. The school is located at 830 E. 9400 S. in Sandy. Beginning in the 2020/2021 school year, Beehive Science and Technology Academy will add grades kindergarten through 5 to its offerings.
“We’re honored by this recognition and are proud of our female students studying computer science for their achievements,” said Beehive Science and Technology principal and executive director, Hanifi Oguz. “We’re committed to continuing to provide our female students with access to AP Computer Science courses to help prepare a more diverse workforce in critical STEM jobs.”
Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have either 50 percent or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population. Only 490 schools earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles.
“By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, Beehive Science and Technology Academy has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”
The AP Computer Science Principles course launch in 2016 was the largest in program history. AP Computer Science Principles has promoted the growth of AP computer science in high schools. AP computer science course participation increased 135 percent since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking AP computer science exams has more than doubled in that period.
Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. According to UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics data, less than 30 percent of the world’s researchers are women; in North America and Western Europe, it’s just 32 percent. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high school.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY’S COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHER RECEIVES OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD
Sandy—Beehive Science and Technology Academy’s computer science teacher, Sumeyra Gul, has been given the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) Outstanding Teacher Award. Gul was given the award on March 5 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo. The award presentation was part of UCET’s annual conference.
In addition to receiving a plaque, Gul was presented with a check for $500.
According to its website, “The Utah Coalition for Educational Technology is a 501(c)3 Utah not-for-profit, volunteer-service organization comprised of educators and others interested in promoting technology-enhanced learning and teaching for all.”
Gul was one of six nominees for the Outstanding Teacher Award.
Gul teaches Digital Literacy to 6th graders, Computer Science Discoveries to 7th graders and Digital Media to 9th graders. She also teachers App Development as a middle school elective, and AP Computer Science Principles as a high school elective. In addition to her everyday responsibilities as a teacher, Gul is heavily involved in extracurricular activities at Beehive, including CyberPatriot, the Girls Who Code Club and Beehive’s College Mentorship and Leadership Program. Gul has been a teacher with Beehive since 2016.
TEAM INCLUDING BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY STUDENTS ADVANCES TO FIRST LEGO LEAGUE WORLD FESTIVAL IN HOSTON
Sandy, Utah—A team that included three Beehive Science and Technology students has advanced to the FIRST (an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League World Festival Competition to be held in Houston April 17 through 20.
In order to participate in the World Festival Competition, the Bionic Porcupines team had to move through a series of local competitions that culminated at the Utah First Lego League at Southern Utah University on Feb. 16. The Bionic Porcupines won the Champion’s Award and first place in the robot game during the event. This will be the second year in a row that the Bionic Porcupines have gone to the World Festival Competition.
Bionic Porcupines team members from Beehive are Allison Drennan, Kassie Holt and Timothy Holt. Also on the team are Mount Jordan’s Adria Brooks and Midvale Middle School’s Eric Snaufer and Andrew Wan. This team is coached by Annie Drennan, Mark Snaufer and Ben Holt. In order to help pay for the upcoming trip to Houston, a GoFundMe page has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/bionic-porcupines-2019-world-fll-event .
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL EXPANSION APPROVED
Sandy-based school to add grades kindergarten through 5
Sandy, Utah—Beehive Science and Technology Academy, the Sandy-based charter school for grades 6 through 12, will be able to add grades kindergarten through 5 to its offerings beginning with the 2020/2021 school year.
In addition to offering humanities, arts and history classes, Beehive’s curriculum places an emphasis on STEM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses and activities.
Beehive Director Hanifi Oguz and board members Calvin Zulich (president), Sudha Kargi (treasurer), Tarik Guney, Rolland Lee and Chris McCandless appeared before the Utah State Charter School Board on Jan. 16 to formally request that the elementary school grades be added. On Jan. 17, the Utah State Charter School Board unanimously approved Beehive’s application.
In order to accommodate the influx of new students, Beehive will add a satellite campus at a yet-to-be determined site to its current location at 830 E. 9400 S. in Sandy. According to McCandless, the new location could be an existing facility or a new building. He said Beehive’s board will begin researching possible new sites now that the request to expand has been approved.
In his opening remarks to the Utah State Charter School Board, Zulich cited an article, “Utah Students Need STEM,” that appeared in Utah Business Magazine online on Dec. 10, 2018. The article noted that today, there are nearly 5,000 open computing jobs in Utah—jobs with an average salary of over $81,000, nearly double the state’s average salary. But, there are not enough qualified workers in Utah to fill many of these positions. The article went on to state, “This workforce gap is the result of an educational infrastructure that hasn’t always kept pace with Utah’s—and the country’s—rapidly evolving workforce demand.”
Zulich said, “Beehive Science and Technology Academy is uniquely positioned to broaden STEM education in the Sandy, Utah area. This charter school already has a strong track record of providing STEM to students in grades 6 through 12 in this geographical area, and there is really no other school nearby that is equipped to also teach grades kindergarten through 5.”
Beehive was named Charter School of the Year 2016 by the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, and given Platinum STEM School Designation (the highest designation possible—and Beehive was the only school to receive this designation that year) by the Utah State Board of Education and the STEM Action Center for the 2015/2016 school year (incidentally, there are now over 120 public charter schools in Utah). In October 2017, Beehive was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2017 through 2019. Beehive is the first and only Utah school to receive this national honor.