Sandy Students Invited to Attend STEM Fest 2016
By Julie Slama
Sandy - Sandy middle school and high school students will be attending the 2nd annual Utah STEM Fest, which will teach students about science, technology, engineering and math. The free event will be held in February.
Last year, more than 17,000 attended the industry, government and higher education event that featured 66 exhibitors. As of early November, 6,000, of the more than 25,000 students anticipated to attend were registered, including students from Beehive Academy of Science and Technology, Indian Hills Middle School, Mt. Jordan Middle School and Eastmont Middle School.
STEM Fest will be Tuesday, Feb. 2 through Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 State St., Sandy. Seventh through 10th grade classes will attend from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., daily. The event will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2.
“This is an opportunity for students to take what they’re learning in the classroom and apply it to real life,” Tami Goetz, Utah STEM Action Center executive director, said. “We are excited to work with Utah companies to give students the opportunity to engage in science, technology, engineering and math activities.”
The STEM fest is seeking local companies to exhibit and participate at this event to show students about STEM careers.
Troy Holmberg, director of engineering good and social innovation at US Synthetic, said this is a good opportunity for students to get hands-on learning outside of the classroom and for companies to teach students about 21st century skills they will need to compete for the jobs of the future.
“For us STEM is about strategies to engage minds,” Holmberg said. “The STEM Fest is the largest event of its kind in Utah. It is there our kids will see the exciting STEM jobs, companies, research and technologies happening in Utah.”
For additional information on STEM Fest, visit utahstemfest.com