Virtual Ski Slopes Prepare Olympians for Winter Games

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Back in March, Laurenne Ross was left wondering if her professional ski career was finished after she fell and sustained a severe injury to her right knee on the last day of the 2016-2017 skiing season. Almost a year later, Ross is ready to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games after a long rehabilitation period that included some time … Read More

In the Olympics, what athletes wear is often more about science than style

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When you tune into the 2018 Winter Olympics next month, you’ll see plenty of painstakingly picked pieces of clothing. In some cases, the outfits do more than just make competitors look snazzy: They can actually help them go faster. You’ll notice such high-tech duds during speedskating events, where athletes zip around ice rinks. It takes a lot of coordination to … Read More

Photos: Interactive expo generates excitement for STEM studies

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For the fifth year in a row, students from Utah middle schools, high schools and colleges showcased interactive projects focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics during the annual Utah Stem Expo on Saturday. The event at Mountain America Expo Center was hosted and organized by Beehive Science and Technology Academy, a STEM-focused charter school, and was free and open … Read More

Young creators put experiments on display at Utah S.T.E.M. Expo

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SANDY (News4Utah) – It was like a high-tech science fair on steroids today at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy. It was the fifth annual Utah S.T.E.M. Expo featuring 250 projects like floating hoverboards, spinning solar systems, electric citrus and roaming robots – and lots of them. S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and all … Read More

Utah students put robots through their paces to earn spot at state competition

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SALT LAKE CITY – Dozens of middle and high school students competed at the FIRST Tech Challenge at West High School Saturday. The students design and build intricate robots to complete specific tasks. “We always have to try a bunch of different things, and when we finally solve it, we feel so accomplished, which is the best feeling,” said Anastasia … Read More

Plenty of choices: Charter school enrollment periods, areas of focus vary

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Parents in Utah have a choice when it comes to education, and this is the time of year when those big decisions are made. Approximately 9 percent of K-12 students in Cache County are currently enrolled in public charter schools, a total of 2,600, compared to 23,500 enrolled in local district schools, according to data from the Utah State Board … Read More

Sunny Washington: Launching Curiosity

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Sunny Washington knows all about momentum. After leaving the banking industry following 9/11, Washington turned her focus to tech and has continued to move forward ever since. Working with educational tech companies like Instructure and Certiport, she developed a passion for STEM education, especially experiences that give students real-life science knowledge. This led to the creation of her company Because … Read More