UVU Hosts STEM-Centered Sci-Tech EXPO on July 14

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 | LShumway@uvu.edu

Utah Valley University will welcome more than 600 Utah middle-school students to campus on Friday, July 14, for the Sci-Tech EXPO, a major one-day event providing hands-on experiences designed to engage and inspire students to pursue college studies in preparation for career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The goal of the EXPO is to create STEM career awareness and insight of the practical application of a STEM degree through engaging presentations, workshops, competitions, live demonstrations, and keynote speakers. Business and industry professionals will present innovative, interactive workshops that will help students see the benefits of obtaining a college education and spark students’ interest in becoming the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Involving students in science-related interactive activities will aid in providing transformational and memorable experiences necessary to help students commit to careers in STEM fields. Activities spanning a wide spectrum of scientific and technical fields will be presented such as: computer gaming, digital media, sound engineering, cancer research, space exploration, the physics of flying, and much more. Students will have the opportunity to personally interact with leading STEM professionals representing corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and universities providing a chance to ask questions and learn what it takes to become a STEM professional.

By bringing together corporate, scientific, and community leaders to provide programming and pre-workforce development opportunities to the next generation of STEM professionals, students will learn how important and integral STEM careers are in keeping our Nation competitive, globally secure, and prosperous.

The EXPO will enhance students’ 21st-century STEM skills by engaging students in unique learning environments and promoting new STEM educational practices.

The Sci-Tech EXPO will be the platform that will connect UTAH PREP students to a community of scientific and engineering leaders empowering them to succeed and to become a new generation of innovators inspiring ambitious youth and helping them to understand that by continuing to develop and utilize their skills in STEM today, they can become the next generation of creators at the forefront of innovation tomorrow.

Scheduled activities include:

9 a.m. — Welcome: Site Chant & Cheer – SC Grande Ballroom

9:10-10 a.m. — Mix & Mingle: Team Building Activities – SC Grande Ballroom, Commons, Courtyard Area

10 – 11:50 a.m. — Science & Technology Workshop – Science Building & Pope Science

12 – 12:50 p.m. — Bottle Rocket Launch & Lunch – UVU Baseball Field

1-1:50 p.m. — Science & Technology Workshop – Science Building & Pope Science

2-3 p.m. — Dream Big Documentary – CB Lecture 101

For more information, contact Lucy Castro, UVU PREP program coordinator, at 801-863-6356 or LCastro@uvu.edu.

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