BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM CAPTURES AWARDS IN CASPER, WYO.
Casper, Wyo.—Beehive Science and Technology Academy’s high school Robotics Team captured third place in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Wyoming Championship held in Casper, Wyo. Feb. 14 and 15.
Beehive’s team took third place in the qualification matches and played in the semi-finals and final. In addition, the team won second place overall and won the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award and the Finalist Alliance Award.
Beehive team members include: ninth graders, Adilee Dake, Nicolas Oakeson; tenth graders Aarav Singh, Anthony Carlson, Asim Kablan; eleventh graders Braxton Dake, Brinkley Curry, Joshua Rodriguez. The team’s coach is Royd Nelson.
The team’s next competition will be the FTC Utah Championship to be held at Weber State University on Feb. 22.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY’S KERRIE UPENIEKS RECEIVES
A SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC STEM RESEARCH GRANT
Sandy—Beehive Science and Technology Academy’s science teacher and department head, Kerrie Upenieks, has received a $2,000 STEM research grant from the Society for Science and Public. The grant is being used to purchase a miniPCR lab starter kit for Beehive’s Biology, AP Biology, Biotech CTE course and Science Fair program.
According to Ms. Upenieks, “The materials the kit gives us will allow our students to the use the same tools that are used in actual research laboratories. These tools include: two thermal cyclers, which allow us to make copies of specific pieces of DNA, using a process similar to what our cells use; four electrophoresis systems, machines which allow us to visualize the DNA and measure it relative to a control; microcentrifuge, a machine used to spin samples quickly, which can be used to separate different chemicals or parts of a cell; seven micropipettes, tools which allow us to move very specific (and small) amounts of sample—this is important for being able to do procedures accurately; and six micropipette tip racks, which are used with the micropipettes—you can’t use a micropipette without tips.”
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY’S MEGAN THEORINE HONORED AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR BY SANDY CITY
Sandy—Beehive Science and Technology Academy 6th/7th grade math teacher, Megan Theorine, has been named teacher of the year by Sandy City. Ms. Theorine was presented with the award on Feb. 12 at a special awards ceremony held at Hale Centre Theatre.
According to Sandy City, this award is given “For any teacher in a public or private school in the Sandy area. We want to honor a teacher who uplifts and encourages students of all ages to go for their dreams and encourages their love to learn.”
Sandy City officials have said the annual awards are “For individuals who have shown distinction in service to members in our community.” The nine categories are: Outstanding Citizen Contribution, Long-Term Citizen Contribution, Outstanding Service Award, Special Recognition Award, Coach of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of Merit and Open Category. Applications for the award are submitted from the general public. The awards are selected by Sandy City Council members and Sandy administration.
Ms. Theorine has taught 6th/7th grade math at Beehive Science and Technology Academy charter school since 2013. In addition, she has served on the School Transformation Team, and helped lead the school in professional development activities. She developed curriculum and piloted new technology programs to improve student learning. She also volunteered in Beehive’s College Mentorship and Leadership Program to help students improve ACT scores, apply for scholarships/colleges, and earn Congressional Medals.
BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY STUDENTS CAPTURE THIRD PLACE CHAMPION’S AWARD AT THE
UTAH STATE FIRST LEGO LEAGUE COMPETITION
Ogden—Two Beehive Science and Technology Academy students were on the team that captured the third place Champions Award at the Utah state FIRST Lego League competition held at Weber State University on Feb. 1.
Beehive’s Nes’et Kablan and Kassie Holt were part of the Blue Bears on Stairs team that won the third-place award. Other team members included Anya Brooks (Mountain Jordan Middle), Kaitlyn Bunnel (Indian Hills Middle), Quinn Bunnell (Indian Hills Middle) and Sage Drennan (Alta View Elementary). Annie Drennan and Ben Holt coached the team.
The FIRST Lego League is an international robotics competition for students in grades 4 through 8. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
SEVENTH ANNUAL UTAH STEM EXPO TO BE HELD FEB. 29, 2020
AT MOUNTAIN AMERICA EXPO CENTER
Event is free and open to the public
Sandy, Utah— Students from Utah middle schools, high schools and colleges/universities will be showcasing their STEM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects at the Seventh Annual Utah STEM and Charter School Expo to be held Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at the Mountain America Center (formerly known as South Towne Expo) in Sandy (9575 S. State St.). The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public.
The Utah STEM and Charter School Expo is hosted and organized by Beehive Science & Technology Academy charter school. Beehive Science & Technology, located in Sandy, currently serves students in grades 6 through 12. Beginning in the 2020/2021, Beehive will expand its offerings to include kindergarten through grade 5.
Beehive STEM Coordinator/Department Chair Kerrie Upenieks added, “The expo provides a venue for students from across the state to showcase their STEM projects. What’s more, it allows companies and institutions with the opportunity to show how STEM is used to improve our communities. Finally, those who attend can participate in hands-on experiments. In addition to LEGO robotics, robotics presentations, science shows, science trivia and activities, there will be chances to win donated prizes. The goal of the expo is to connect our schools to the community, students to professionals, and generate interest and excitement for STEM in general.”
To learn more, visit www.utahstemexpo.org.
Sponsors to date include: STEM Utah, Beehive Science & Technology Academy, the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, Accord Institute for Education Research, Westminster College, Weber State University, University of Utah, University of Utah Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Utah College of Science, University of Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Utah State University Cooperative Extension, IM Flash Technologies, Sandy City, Utah Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, Neumont University, T.D. Williamson, Hill Air Force Base STEM, U.S. Navy, Utah National Guard, ALS, US Synthetic Engineering, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, The Leonardo, Myriad, Merrick Bank, Orange Peel.
NEWSWEEK RANKS BEEHIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY AS ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP 5,000 STEM SCHOOLS
Sandy, Utah—Newsweek has ranked the Sandy-based charter school, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, as one of America’s top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2020. According to Newsweek, over 30,000 high schools from across the nation were analyzed over a three-year period to determine the rankings. Beehive ranked as number 1,914 among the 5,000 selected schools.
Beehive currently serves students in grades 6 through 12. The school was recently approved by the Utah State Charter School board to expand its offerings to includes grades kindergarten through 5 in the next two years.
In October 2019, Beehive was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2022. The school was previously recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2019. Beehive is located at 830 E. 9400 S. in Sandy.
Sandy, Utah—Two students from Sandy-based Beehive Science and Technology have captured top prices in the national Broadcom MASTERS competition for their STEM projects held Oct. 18 through 23 in Washington, D.C.
Beehive eighth grade students Sidor Clare and Kassie Holt created building materials that could one day be made on Mars. This means that astronauts would not be required to bring building materials with them to build on the red planet. Clare received one of the competition’s top prizes, the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation. Clare said their brick was so strong that the students had to use a concrete crusher to test it. Holt received a first place Technology Award for $3,500 and an iPad.
The only other Utah students to win an award at the competition was Saint Joseph Catholic High School freshman, Mercedes Randhahn. Her project involved the safe disposal of leftover and unneeded opioids at home. Randhahn won second place in the Engineering Award and $2,500 and an iPad.
In addition, Beehive received $2,000 and Saint Joseph received $1,000 from the Broadcom MASTERS to benefit their science programs.
The three Utah students were selected from 2,348 applicants from 47 states.
According to a news release provided by the Broadcom MASTERS, “The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of the Society for Science and the Public, inspires middle school students to follow their personal passions to exciting college and career pathways in STEM. Thirty finalists took home more than $100,000 in awards.”
Finalists for the competition were judged on projects they presented at state or reginal science fairs, along with their knowledge of STEM subjects and their demonstration of skills in a series of hands-on challenges. This year, of the 30 finalists, 18 were girls and 12 were boys.
Sandy, Utah — Beehive Science & Technology Academy, the Sandy-based charter school for grades 6 through 12, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2022. The school was previously recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2019.
Beehive Science & Technology Academy Principal Hanifi Oguz noted that Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. These schools showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
Oguz added, “Our staff, faculty and students use iPad and other Apple technology to enhance the learning process and to simplify administrative functions. Every student at our school is loaned an iPad for the school year. I believe that our use of technology is a driving factor in establishing Beehive as one of the state’s premier STEM schools. What’s more, our extensive use of technology played a major role in the Utah State Charter School Board’s approval of our request to expand our school to include grades kindergarten through 5 in the near future.”
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.