Kids Come Together to Build Salt Lake Valley Out of Legos

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News)  Kids of all ages came together Saturday to help build a replica of the Salt Lake Valley, all out of Legos. The project was sponsored by Play-Well Techologies in an effort to bring awareness to the STEM programs available to kids and was held at the Gene Fullmer Rec Center in West Jordan. “We do a … Read More

Building Rockets to Get Kids Excited About STEM

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

Clay Rumsey, engineer with Northrup Grumman, goes around to elementary schools all year to help them build and launch rockets. He and his daughter Keslyn demonstrate how to build and launch a rocket using simple materials. Rumsey supports events like the upcoming Hill AFB Engineers Week. The goal of Engineers Week is to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world, increase … Read More

STEM: SHINE for Girls

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

(KUTV) SHINE for girls is a program, developed at MIT, that uses a unique combination of kinesthetic learning (learning through movement) to teach math concepts to middle school girls. Five middle school students are assigned to a high school mentor who helps them work through the math problems assigned for the day. The math problems, from the curriculum, are taken … Read More

Tips on Being a Mentor: Carine Clark

Kaitlin FelstedMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

Integral to growing STEM in our communities is mentoring our youth. Carine Clark, Silicon Slopes Executive Board Member, shares tips for teachers and industry members on mentoring. There’s no age or position requirement to be a mentor “Everyone can be a good mentor and help to lift a young person. It’s very empowering to reach out to someone. You will … Read More

Park City High School students design mobile classroom in a bus

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

Park City High School students Natalie Haerter, Ishan Chho and Cole Stanton heard from many naysayers. The students had been tasked with designing a mobile STEM classroom out of a bus for their semester-long project in the PCCAPS (Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies) program. The goal was to create a model the STEM Action Center — a Utah … Read More

Talent Ready Utah: Connecting Business with Education

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

During his State of the State address, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a “major collaboration called Talent Ready Utah” to “expand career opportunities statewide by increasing the number of business and education partnerships.” The push is aimed at connecting business with education to better prepare Utah’s workforce for the nation’s strongest economy. “Over the next four years — for pathway-like programs … Read More

U Engineers Teach High School Students to Build Pollution Sensors from Toy Blocks

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

Salt Lake City—Plastic building blocks have been a favorite toy for kids wanting to construct everything from the Death Star to the Batmobile. But two University of Utah chemical engineering professors are using building blocks like LEGOs to teach students how to build something infinitely more important — a working air-quality sensor that can detect pollution. This season, assistant professor … Read More

STEM: Portal Power

Lolly BowlerMaking the Grade: Utah works to improve its marks in STEM education Utah Business May 8, 2018News

(KUTV) University of Utah students may have the answer to your phone charging woes. Two Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute students have simplified charging. Portal Power produces a power bank that does not need to be plugged into the wall for energy. Using one student’s background in biomedical engineering, they say the hunt for power is over. Watch the video here.