Kaitlin Felsted, STEM Action Center

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Utah’s First Annual STEM Fest Will Let Students Get Their Hands on Science and Technology
Utah Companies to host 10,000 students with STEM interactive experiences

Salt Lake City, UT – Research has proven that one of the best ways to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math is with hands-on activities. Utah’s first annual STEM Fest will do just that. More than 10,000 seventh and eighth grade students will engage with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through interactive experiences from March 25 to 27.

STEM Fest will take place at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. Seventh and eighth grade classes will attend Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be open to the public from 2-8 p.m. on Friday.

Utah companies, STEM departments from Utah’s major universities and the science centers—such as the Museum of Natural Curiosity, the Clark Planetarium and the Living Planet Aquarium—will engage with students through interactive experiences.

Students will have the opportunity to:
• Take flight in Hill Air Force Base’s flight simulator
• Maneuver BYU’s underwater remote operated vehicle through a 200-gallon water tank
• See the inner workings of a racecar from the Miller Speedway
• Learn coding basics from Google Fiber
• Complete a mission in the USS Mercury Mobile Space Simulator
• And so much more!

“STEM Fest will give kids a peek into the future at the cool STEM-based jobs and technology right here in Utah,” said Troy Holmberg, director of Engineering Good and Social Innovation at US Synthetic. “Every student will be assigned a real STEM job as their identity for the day. They will come away inspired to acquire the STEM skills they need to compete for these jobs. We hope to dispel the common misperceptions about STEM-based jobs that they are ‘too hard’ or ‘uncool’ or ‘not for girls’ etc. There is something for everyone to ignite imaginations and stimulate curiosity. The kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning.”

STEM Fest invites companies to sign up and exhibit, so they can 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

Teachers who would like to bring their seventh and eighth grade students to this free event will need to register at

STEM Fest’s partners include Utah Community Credit Union, US Synthetic, Utah Valley University, Utah’s STEM Action Center, IM Flash, and the Boys and Girls Club of Utah County.

For more information on Utah STEM Fest visit

Discovery Space Center’s spaceship simulator

BYU’s underwater robotics


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
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

About the STEM Action Center
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.