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Students Participate in Career Days

Friday, June 7th, 2013

By Jeannie Johnson
CTE Pathways Coordinator, Bear River Region

The thought of over 3,000 students in two days coming to the Bridgerland Applied Technology Center (BATC) campus might be overwhelming to some, but we LOVE IT!! It means Career Days is here.

The Career Days event includes interactive exhibits, trade and industry displays, and demonstration projects requiring student involvement. The event creates career awareness for opportunities for those students who have the right skills. Our task is to convert student’s enthusiasm to a career path and to assist them in obtaining skills to successfully compete in a global economy.

With 47 “hands-on” booths for students to explore covering everything from cosmetology to robotics to computerized wind velocity tracking to the content of sugar in your favorite Coke® product, there was definitely something for everyone. Students from Cache, Box Elder, Rich, and Logan School Districts attended Career Days. We also had two schools from Idaho and two from Wyoming attend.

As students got off the bus, they were divided into three areas—heavy equipment, automotive, and clean fingernails. The heavy equipment area had 26 pieces of equipment with operators there to instruct the students. Operators answered hundreds of questions about how they liked their job and what they needed to do to become an operator.

In the automotive area students were able to participate in many hands-on activities. They learned about the different types of brakes on cars and how to take them apart. In the painting booth students learned how to use smooth motions to paint a car. Students learned how to bend copper pipe for plumbing, how to recycle, and where recycled materials are used. Students spent time in handcuffs, with the Cache County Sheriff officer, learning how it feels to be a prisoner. Hopefully this is not something they want to be, but they got some good ideas of what the day in the life of a police officer is like.


In the clean fingernails area students were exposed to careers in cosmetology, dental, nursing information technology, agriculture, television production, and many more. Students painted fingernails, learned about cleaning teeth, guessed how much sugar was in a particular drink, learned about what is inside a computer and how it works, matched cuts of meat with where they come from on the body of a cow, and how a green screen works on television. These are just a few of the fun booths students could visit.

The weather was wonderful and students had a great time learning about careers. Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make Career Days at BATC a huge success! We already have schools asking when Career Days will be next year! So. . .

April 30-May 1, 2014
Career Days at BATC

Watch students participating in Career Days activities at BATC.
We appreciate the Logan High School Video Production class who produced the Career Days video. Thank you to each student and to their instructor Scott Harris!

“Like” BATC on Facebook to see more pictures of Career Days at BATC. We hope to see you next year!

Herriman High School Students Work in a SmartLab

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

By Kim Durfee
Technology and Engineering Teacher and TSA Advisor at Herriman High School

Have you ever had an idea that would make a task easier? What can a talented and motivated learner achieve in a true 21st century learning environment? How about creating a mechanical prosthetic hand for his niece? Tanner Day, a senior at Herriman High School, will tell you that all he needed was the right idea, the right resources and a place in his school where he was free to be creative and express his passion for building things. Tanner and many other students find this perfect combination within the SmartLab. In Tanner’s case, having a supportive mentor/SmartLab facilitator to encourage him and a beautiful little niece for inspiration didn’t hurt.

In my 30 plus years of teaching, the most rewarding years have been the last 20 as a SmartLab facilitator watching kids achieve more than they ever imaged they could. Every year we have students like Tanner who catch on fire with an inspiring project idea that causes them to stretch and grow in ways that makes you proud to be a part of their growing experience. We can motive and inspire hundreds students like Tanner by providing them with access to state of the art technology, equipment, curriculum and the space and freedom to be creative. I have personally watched my SmartLab students and many others in SmartLabs all around the country, develop engineering skills, but more importantly the 21st century learning skills they need to be career and college ready. Whether it’s a TSA robotics competition championship or one of my students taking first place at the Utah Film Festival, the method, the story of how they got there is the same…student-centered, project based learning. SmartLabs are 21st century learning environments, custom designed and supported by Creative Learning Systems.

Read the success stories of Tanner Day and other Herriman High School students:
> 3-year-old’s uncle builds prosthetic hand
> Herriman High TSA highlights

See what other SmartLab students from around the country are doing at Student Project Showcase.

Nationally, engineering is the second largest of all professions. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, by the year 2020 Utah’s workforce is expected to include a total of 25,670 people working as engineers, drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in Technology and Engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition to supplement the curriculum in Technology and Engineering. To become a member of Utah TSA contact the TSA advisor in your school.

If you have an idea that would make a task easier and would like to participate in a Technology and Engineering Pathway talk to your school counselor. Your school counselor can assist you with registering for a Career and Technical Education class in the Technology and Engineering Pathway that will give you the opportunity to work in a SmartLab.