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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.

Utah TSA Members Triumph at National Conference

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

IMAG0250Last month, Utah TSA (Technology Student Association) first place state winners competed at the 2015 National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas. Middle/junior high and high school student members participated in 60 competitive events. Each event was based on principles and concepts they learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

At the conference, more than 21 middle/junior high and high school student members placed in the top ten in the nation for their exceptional achievement in 19 technology-based competitive events. Among these winners were two high school students who placed first in four VEX Robotics competitions, and one middle school student who placed first in the System Control Technology competition.

FIRST PLACE – High School
VEX Robotics – Combined Skills
VEX Robotics – Excellence Award
VEX Robotics – Head-to-Head
VEX Robotics – Robot Skills
COOPER GRAY and ADAM JOHNSON (Davis High School)

FIRST PLACE – Middle/Junior High School
System Control Technology
JAY CLIFT (Oak Canyon Junior High school)

HERE is the list of contest results.

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. Utah has 3,279 members in 53 chapters.

TSA logo

Utah TSA Members Arrive in Dallas, TX

Monday, June 29th, 2015

TSA state officersUtah TSA student members have arrived in Dallas, Texas to attend the 37th Annual 2015 National TSA Conference, through July 2. Middle/junior high and high school student members will compete in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

View Conference Program
Follow TSA on Twitter
Like TSA on Facebook #ThisIsTSA
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 Dallas, Texas to compete at the 2015 TSA National Leadership Conference.

TSA: Designing Your Dreams

 “This past year has, once again, been successful, productive, and record-breaking for TSA.  As our association continues to grow, so will our challenges and need for strong leadership. I am certain that over the coming years TSA members will meet and exceed expectations.”

—Steven Stokes, National TSA President

Meet Michael Peters: Future Engineering Technician

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Michael Peters photo“I want to be an engineering technician and work with engineers and designers in changing and modifying designs to make them work better. I really want to make a difference in the world.

“I have completed 21 college credits even before entering college. I feel more prepared to go into college classes because I have been taking CTE classes. The tech design classes have taught me computer-aided design, and I will be a certified draftsman by the end of the class. I will be able to take this [certification] to any drafting company and they will recognize that I have been trained. CTE classes have also helped me think more like an engineer and helped me open my mind to the new things that are possible. I have had college-level classes in high school, so I am ready for the level of learning required in college.”

—Michael Peters, Bountiful High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Michael on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Michael was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet Tuesday, April 28, 2015.


Update: FIRST Robotics Competition

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

FIRST 2014-1Congratulations to Annie Yun and Jacob Fishman who qualified to advance to the 2015 National FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, MO on April 22-25, 2015. The FIRST Championship is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind™. Teams will compete for scholarships ranging from a one-time award of $500 to full four-year tuition.

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
Annie Yun

Team 3006 – Red Rock Robotics – Salt Lake City, UT
Jacob Fishman
Team 3245 – The Ravens – Sandy, UT

Team 3239—Birds of Prey of Layton, Utah received the Industrial Safety Award. Although the team will not be advancing to national competition, the award they received celebrates their progress in the competition, beyond safety fundamentals, by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. Congratulations!

Related Stories:
High School Students Compete in Regional Robotics Competition in Salt Lake City
Robots and Their Child Overlords Invade Utah for a Day
Robotics Competition Inspires Future Engineers
Teams Compete to See Who Can Build the Fastest Robot

Save the Date: FIRST Robotics Competition

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

American Fork_TE_IMG_3467Plan now to attend the 2015 Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 13-14 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The FIRST Robotics Competition is called a “Varsity Sport for the Mind®” and has all of the excitement and stakes of a high school championship sports tournament. Forty-three teams from 11 states and Canada will compete for worldwide recognition and a chance to win over $20 million in college scholarships.

Under strict rules, limited resources, and tight time limits, teams of 25 students are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

This year’s FIRST Robotics game is called “Recycle Rush” and is played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by staking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.

Who: 43 teams from 11 states and Canada

What: Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition – Grades 9-12

Where: Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah

When: Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14

A live stream of the competition can be watched on YouTube HERE.

Engineering for You Video Contest

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Milford_TE_IMG_4456Throughout history, engineering has advanced civilization from the way we connect with each other, to the way we heal, to how we get around, and simply have fun. But society still faces major obstacles. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering and they want YOU to create and submit a 1-2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world!

Who: The competition is open to all individuals or teams in four competition categories.
> Middle school students and younger (grades K-8)
> High school students (grades 9-12)
> Postsecondary students (2-year college through graduate school)
> General public

What: Create and submit a 1-2 minute video focused on one or more of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

When: Competition opened Monday, January 5, 2015 and continues through Monday, March 2, 2015.

Why: Show how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world.

How: Select at least one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering and create a 1-2 minutes video showing how engineering will create a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world in the future.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, March 2, 2015 by 12 pm eastern standard time.

Winners will be announced in September 2015
Grand Prize: $25,000
People’s Choice Award: $5,000
Other Prizes: The top videos in each competition category are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000.

For more information: http://www.nae.edu/e4u2/