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Utah TSA Members to Compete in Nashville

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

TSA state officerUtah TSA student members have arrived in Nashville, Tennessee to attend the 38th annual 2016 National TSA Conference, June 28 through July 2. During the conference over 65 middle school and high school technology-based student competitions will be held, based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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Get the TSA conference app. Visit the Apple App Store and search TSA schedule to get the free app.

Download the “TSA conference” app from Google Play. Visit http://play.google.com and search for TSA schedule to download the free app.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Nashville, Tennessee to compete at the 2016 TSA National Leadership Conference.

“This year, we have reached an outstanding record of over 7,500 attendees at this national conference. It is not every day that students from all over the country come together for the same purpose – to participate in competitions and leadership sessions, interact with members from other state delegations as well as the national TSA officer team, and meet the candidates seeking national office. I have met my greatest friends at national TSA conferences and I hope you take the chance to do so as well!”

—Kelsey Stoner, National TSA President

TSA: Building a Legacy

2015-2016 TSA state officers


Meet Preston Henke: Future Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Preston Henke (TE)“I have been fortunate enough to enroll in a variety of technical courses along with my general high school curriculum. CTE classes have shown me a clear path for my future, because I have been able to experience more than just math and English. I have always been very curious as to how things work. I like to fix things, solve problems, and tear things apart just to put them back together again, or maybe see if I can make them work better.

“During my senior year I was accepted into a mechanical engineering internship at a local power plant. This internship combined with my engineering classes, I believe, has given me a great insight to what the future holds for me. I have been able to try it out—give it a test run, so to speak. I like the way it fits! I believe an aerospace engineering and operations technician job is exactly what I want. I will be able to build, test, and maintain aircraft.”

 —Preston Henkie, Delta High School

Preston Henke - TE

UtahCTE.org congratulates Preston on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah State University Eastern. Preston was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

TSA Student Scholarships

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

JATC_TE_IMG_2702This year, the Technology Student Association (TSA) is offering two $2,500 scholarships to eligible TSA student members. The scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who are active members of an affiliated TSA chapter. TSA alumni enrolled in an undergraduate program or career and technical school are also eligible.

Scholarship 1: The William P. Elrod Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Mr. William P. Elrod who was one of the founding fathers of TSA.

Scholarship 2: The Future STEM Teacher Scholarship is designed to assist high school graduates in pursuing a career as a K-12 STEM teacher.

The application deadline for each scholarship is Monday, May 2, 2016.


The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 233,000 middle and high school students in approximately 2,000 schools spanning 49 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities and much more. The diversity of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence on their lives.

Save the Date: Utah’s FIRST Robotics Competition

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

FIRST 2014-AmForkUtah’s FIRST Robotics Competition, one of the most impressive high school robotics competitions in the western USA, will take place on Friday and Saturday March 18-19, 2016 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. Forty-four teams of high school students from 10 states and Canada will be competing for a spot at the FIRST World Championship. Winners will qualify for over $25 million in college scholarships.

Who: High school teams from 10 states and Canada

What: 2016 Utah’s FIRST Robotics Competition

Where: The Maverik Center, 3200 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, Utah

When: Friday and Saturday March 18-19, 2016

The public is invited to attend the 2016 Utah’s FIRST Robotics Competition. The event is free. Parking is free.

Children of all ages can collect pins and trinkets from the teams in the pit area and talk to high school students about their robots.

Co-sponsored by: Larry H. Miller Group, L3Communications West, and Tesoro.

I’m Excited to Begin My Engineering Career

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Denisse Martinez photoBy Denisse Martinez

Throughout my high school career engineering CTE classes were limited, but the ones offered were very much appreciated. I took technical drawing and introduction to engineering. While those classes provided insight to the engineering world, the hands-on projects were limited. Yet, this year I had a once in a lifetime opportunity. A new program was going to be [launched]: Utah Aerospace Pathways.

As soon as I [found out] about the program I signed up and enrolled. I’ve had the opportunity to learn how to operate some of the basic machines like the manual mill, the manual lathe, and see how the CNC mill and the lathe operate. I am also being educated in composites. The manufacturing of composites is a growing industry and therefore competitive. The class teaches the basic components at the same time allowing students to receive hands-on experience. We learn that there is a ratio between resin and matrix and apply that concept by making a project. By completing this course I am considered for a job opportunity with a composites company like Hexcel, Harris, Boeing, or Orbital ATK.

I have finished enough of the course to get a paid internship at Hexcel. I had the opportunity to meet with them last night and discuss the details of my internship. We discussed when I would be completing my 48 hour internship, the uniform needed, the appropriate shoes, and a picture ID badge. I’m excited to begin my engineering career while still in high school!


The Utah Aerospace Pathways program provides Utah students the opportunity to graduate from high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin an aerospace manufacturing career. This unique program has brought aerospace industry representatives, education leaders, and together in an unprecedented collaboration.

 In Utah, aerospace and defense is a $5.4 billion industry (GOED). In 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506, annually, including pay and benefits (Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2013). A career in the aerospace industry is high skill, high wage, and high demand.

To participate in the Utah Aerospace Pathways program contact your Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher or school counselor. They will provide you with the information you need to get started on THE CAREER OF A LIFETIME!


Mass Production Bonanza

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Group photoBy John Bass
Technology Education Teacher, American Fork Junior High

I want to tell a story, I don’t tell very many stories but I want to tell this one. It’s about my ninth grade intro to manufacturing class and the mass production unit, where my students are given a problem to create a wooden vehicle that has three or four wheels. The vehicle is no bigger than a piece of paper and has three or more parts. You will notice that I didn’t say car or truck, I said vehicle. Anything that transports people counts and I have had some amazing ideas from my students.

The whole project starts with brainstorming and sketching. It’s one thing to have a bunch of ideas, but it’s another thing to start drawing the ideas on paper to see how they look. Each student draws at least four ideas. Using a computer-aided design (CAD) program, they pick their two favorite ideas and create a three page set of plans from those sketches.

Once each student has created two sets of plans they whittle their ideas down, by pairing up with a friend. From their four sets of plans they choose one that they like and build it in the woodshop as a prototype. From the prototypes I choose the one that I like the best and that all my classes will mass produce. I don’t mean 20 or 30 vehicles per class. I mean 350 vehicle packets made by my students using jigs and fixtures, so that each vehicle has identical and interchangeable parts.

Fire truck 2I understand that 350 vehicle packets may seem a little excessive, but it’s for a much greater purpose. My eighth grade classes collaborate with every third-grade class, in every elementary school, that feeds into our junior high school. That means that we are mass producing enough vehicles for every third-grade student that comes into our junior high school. On the day of the field trip my students take the bus out to the elementary school and become the teachers, as they teach and explain how to build the vehicle. With hammers, that they have premade earlier in the semester, they help the third-grade students build the vehicle. Then they give it to them as a gift.

Of course this activity takes almost the entire term to pull off. But the feeling of accomplishment and the sense of pride felt by my ninth grade students is well worth it. As an added bonus, this activity meets almost all of the standards for the ninth-grade introduction to manufacturing class. Manufacturing is a team effort, everyone has a part to build, and each part must be perfect or the class fails. When we start the mass production section of this unit I tell my students you must succeed, you are not allowed to fail. DSCF7649And they do succeed!

This activity has become a tradition shared between my ninth-grade classes and the third-grade classes of every elementary school in Alpine School District. I am at the point in my teaching career that when I introduce the mass production unit to my students I say, “Do you remember in third grade when a ninth-grader helped you build the vehicle?” Eighty-five percent of the hands will shoot-up and they will shout out, “I do. I made a diesel.” or “I do. I made a motorcycle and I still have it.” Then I get to say, “Now it’s your turn.” And off we go.

This semester we made a fire truck with a moving ladder. What a great time!


Fun at STEM Fest

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

STEM Fest - from KurtBy Kurt Twining
Pre-Engineering and Technology Teacher
Evergreen Junior High

Last week, hundreds of volunteers from businesses and educational institutions across the valley converged on the South Towne Exposition Center to give away thousands of T-shirts, pieces of candy, flyers, business cards, Frisbees, backpacks, pencils, pens, and even sunglasses. Why all of this free stuff? They came to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to the thousands of students who would be visiting the STEM Fest from February 2-4.

All College and Career Awareness classes at Evergreen Junior High made the short bus ride to STEM Fest on Feb. 3. One student lamented “I didn’t go, but I saw a lot of my friends’ snapchat stories and it looked fun.”

Students were impressed by all of the displays and interactive booths. “It was really interactive. It was fun,” one student remarked. Another said the thing they liked best was “where you had to build a boat … to carry the most nuts. It was fun.”

Another display that impacted students was the flight simulator. One student said, “I liked the airplane simulator, I almost did a barrel!” A student nearby added, “I crashed.”

While opinions on the best booth varied, what all students agreed on was the STEM Fest was fun. Whether it was the activity by the State Highway Patrol teaching students what it is like to ‘walk the line’ under the influence, or the Paul Mitchell School students doing hair, all students found something that interested them and learned a little bit about STEM.


This blog was originally posted on the Evergreen Junior High website.

Focus On: Technology and Engineering Education

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

JATC_TE_IMG_2663Technology and Engineering Education is committed to preparing students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities by teaching them to understand, design, produce, use, and manage the human-made world in order to contribute and function in a technological society.

The Utah Technology and Engineering Education Pathways are based on established state standards and national standards for courses that serve to introduce students to the world of engineering and engineering technology. The courses are designed to give students relevant engineering experiences where they use language arts, math, and science concepts in real-world applications and settings.

Beginning the 2016-2017 school year, the CTE Pathways within the Technology and Engineering Education program area will expand from two to five. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of five Technology and Engineering Education Pathways.

Architectural Design (CAD/Drafting)
Mechanical Design (CAD/Drafting)

The Hillcrest High School Husky Robotics Team, under the direction of their teacher Clief Castleton, is working on a project to develop a new technology that will help students with physical challenges. Using infrared technology, the Team is working to create technology that will allow students to use the motion of their eyes to interact with computers. Although the infrared technology already exists it is very expensive. The Husky Robotics Team version would cost a lot less.

The Team was the recipient of the KUTV Channel 2 “Pay It Forward” program. They received $500 from Mountain America Credit Union to help with their project. The news story, Pay It Forward: Robotic help for special needs students, can be viewed at KUTV.com.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Technology and Engineering
The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and most require a bachelor’s degree for entry. (The only exception is electrical and electronics engineering technician, which requires an associate degree.)

Listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, all of these occupations –
> Offer projected openings for 20-180 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
> Pay median hourly wages of between $27.30 and $53.10 in Utah.

Occupation chartSkills chart

Bear River Region School Districts Partner with BATC in Robotics Training

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Capture 2The Bridgerland Applied Technology College Robotics STEM Academy was formed in 2014, thanks to a $500,000 grant awarded by the STEM Action Center of Utah. The Robotics STEM Academy gives students at Bear River, Box Elder, Logan, Mountain Crest, Rich, and Sky View High Schools the chance to obtain a 900-hour certificate from BATC through classes held at their high schools. Students have the opportunity to learn skills such as industrial robot programming, automation, basic electrical principle, microcontrollers, drone aviation, advanced composites, PLC programming, and much more.

The Robotics STEM Academy was developed using hybrid and distance education systems, leveraging the talents of every instructor at the Bear River regional schools. Early morning lab classes, originating from BATC, are broadcast using the Utah Education Network (UEN) to all six high schools. Duplicate UEN receive sites, labs and equipment are set up at each location.

A live broadcast streams each day from the BATC West Campus, where enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in this interactive broadcast. Local high school instructors can have their students participate in the broadcast live, or use it as a recording later.

Capture 1Upon completion of their certificate students have multiple options including:
> Participating in an internship and employment opportunities with companies such as Autoliv and Nucor.
> Continuing their education to attain an associate or bachelor’s degree.
> Having their coursework count toward 30 (postsecondary) credits, the equivalent of about $7,000 in tuition, books, and fees.

Robots and additional automation are being quickly added to manufacturing facilities in the Bear River Region, which perform welding and pick-and-place operations. The Utah Manufacturers Association and companies such as Autoliv in Brigham City and Tremonton, Pepperidge Farm, Icon Health and Fitness, Gossner Foods, MOM Brands, Schreiber Foods and many others have expressed support for this program and look forward to having local students working at their facilities.

Automated manufacturing in the Bear River Region is helping local companies compete at an international level, and the industry is growing rapidly both locally and nationally. Automated manufacturing in the state is high on the list of key industries under the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

Robotics Stem Academy Logo

Box Elder School District students, to participate in the
BATC Robotics STEM Academy contact your school counselor.


EngineerGirl Essay Contest – Responsible Engineering

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Milford_TE_IMG_4427Would you describe yourself as inquisitive, systematic and observant? Are you good at using math, applying physics to solve problems, and figuring out how things work? Do you like to conduct experiments, learn about technology and find answers to technical questions?

The National Academy of Engineering is inviting all students (girls and boys) in grades 3-12 to write an essay on “Responsible Engineering.” How would you protect the environment and the safety, health, and well-being of the public as a responsible engineer? Visit EngineerGirl.org, a website highlighting engineers and engineering careers, to learn about the specifics of the contest.

Submission are due by Monday, February 1, 2016. Winners will be announced late spring or early summer. First prize winners, in each of the three grade categories (Elementary School, Middle School, and High School), will receive $500 in cash.

Rules and Requirements | Submission Form | Question and Answers

Learn about the Career Pathways in Technology and Engineering Education.