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Utah’s STEM Industry Invited to Participate in STEM Fest 2016

October 27 2015 - 9:14 am

News Release
For Immediate Release
Oct. 27, 2015

Contact:
Kaitlin Felsted, Marketing Communications Specialist
STEM Action Center
801-538-8747
kfelsted@utah.gov

Utah’s STEM Industry Invited to Participate in STEM Fest 2016
Utah companies to host an anticipated 25,000 students with STEM interactive experiences

Salt Lake City, UT – This past year, industry, government and higher education launched the first Utah STEM Fest with more than 13,000 students participating. Utah STEM Fest 2016 will more than double that number, anticipating close to 30,000 students.

STEM Fest will take place Feb. 2-4 at the South Towne Expo Center. Seventh through 10th grade classes will attend Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will also be open to the public from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2.

“We are excited to work with Utah companies to give students the opportunity to engage in science, technology, engineering and math activities,” said Tami Goetz, Utah STEM Action Center executive director. “This is an opportunity for students to take what they’re learning in the classroom and apply it to real life.”

Utah STEM Fest invites companies to sign up and exhibit at this event. Already close to 6,000 students are registered to attend. Industry will have the opportunity to show students what a STEM career can truly be. Information on how to sponsor an exhibit at Utah’s STEM Fest can be found at http://utahstemfest.com/sponsorship-opportunities/.

“For us STEM is about strategies to engage minds,” said Troy Holmberg, director of Engineering Good and Social Innovation at US Synthetic. “We need our kids to get excited about developing the 21st century skills they will need to compete for the jobs of the future. 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. This is the kind of hands-on learning you can’t get inside the classroom. I would encourage your organization come be a part of inspiring the next generation of problem-solvers and innovators. We can’t afford not to.”

Teachers who would like to bring their 7th through 10th grade students to this free event will need to register for a session at utahstemfest.com.

For more information on Utah STEM Fest visit utahstemfest.com.

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About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
Web: business.utah.gov

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or mgsullivan@utah.gov

About the STEM Action Center
Web: stem.utah.gov

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.