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.