Center for STEM Teaching & Learning

Projects & Programs

Animal Ambassadors

Animal Ambassadors is a community outreach program for SUU students to engage in meaningful community service and educate the general public about live animals both local and exotic!

Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing is a revolutionary program that seeks to celebrate the many talents and accomplishments of young women in computing! Headed by Dr. Shalini Kesar, this program has experienced tremendous growth each year.

Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab

The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies. As an official member of the CREATE Lab Satellite Network, the SUU CSTL can provide local educators with access to these cutting edge technologies.

Cedar Mountain Science Camp

Cedar Mountain Science Camp has been led by Professor Peggy Wittwer since 1998. The mission of CMSC is to cultivate a community of mentors dedicated to providing students and educators an opportunity to use curiosity and wonder to discover all of the facets of the natural world. CMSC provides summer programs for both elementary and middle school aged students.

Engineering EXPO

Engineering EXPO is SUU's annual event put on by the Engineering and Technology Department at SUU. Students come from all over Utah to compete in engineering-related competitions and work with Engineering professors to be inspired!

Fostering Mathematic Understanding in K-5

This project, led by Dr. Jana Lunt, was piloted at Iron Spring Elementary School for two years, and is now ready for implementation at other schools. For information about implementation, please contact Dr. Lunt at

Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History

Through educational tours and exhibits the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History strives to increase public awareness and understanding of southwestern Utah's natural resources and rich history. Through the leadership of SUU's Dr. Jacqualine Grant, all ages are welcome to learn about the wonders contained in the museum!

Girls Go Digital

Girls Go Digital is a wonderful program that began in St. George, Utah and grew to include Cedar City through Southern Utah University. This program invites young girls to participate in activities to learn how to HACK, DESIGN, CODE and MAKE in the amazing world of computing!

Mobile Planetarium

Under the direction of Drs. Cameron Pace and Rhett Zollinger, the mobile planetarium help bring astronomy-based scientific observation to the local community. The Mobile Planetarium introduces the community to the wonders of constellations, galaxies, and planets through omni-directional projection and telescope-based activities..

Range Camp

Directed by Dr. Randall Violet, Range Camp offers students a background in ecological principles and the tools used to measure the health of our rangelands, as well as an understanding of the resource management process. A great deal of time is spent in learning and discussing the roles of humans in natural resources, with special attention given to the process of resolving conflict. Range Camp includes a balance of outdoor activities, hikes, and classroom study.

Science Fair

The Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair accepts entries from all over southern Utah. Winners of our fair are then invited to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair held each May. During the fair, students bring their completed scientific projects to be judged by SUU professors and have the opportunity to attend classes taught by professors themselves!

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad began as a meeting where the nation's scientific teachers could collaborate and grow. From this simple seed, Science Olympiad has grown in to the premier science competition in the nation.

STEAM Festival

The Southern Utah STEAM Festival is an annual event where students and the local community come together to explore the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. SUU professors and local STEM exhibitors all come together to make this a day you will not forget!

Southern Utah Robotics FIRST

Southern Utah Robotics FIRST (SURF) was created as an initiative to introduce and engage students and the community in the amazing world of robotics.  While learning robotics through various competitions and events, students also learn about their effects on the environment and how they can change the world!

Ashcroft Observatory

In keeping with a long-standing tradition stemming from its opening in the early 1970s, the Observatory remains focused on community involvement and learning opportunities. The Ashcroft Observatory is open every Monday night to all those interested in learning about constellations or viewing distant parts of the galaxy.

TECS Summer Camp

The SUU TECS Summer Camp is an annual Summer Camp sponsored by the SUU Department of Engineering and Technology.  Students from grades 7 to 12 are welcome to register, take classes from SUU Professors, and present their wonderful projects to their parents.

Tech Ambassadors

Operated through the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, under the direction of Dr. Cecily Heiner, the Tech Ambassadors use interactive technology to reach out to learners of all ages. A staple at schools and events throughout the area, the Tech Ambassadors might just excite your inner programmer.

Tech Fair

The Department of Engineering and Technology at SUU hosts an annual Tech Fair celebrating the works of middle school and high school students in Engineering, CAD/CAM, and Construction. Competitions are also held and conducted by SUU Professors where students can learn about the respective fields they choose to compete in.

STEM Library

The SUU STEM Library is home to over 500 fun and interactive educational tools to help integrate STEM in education. These items are available to be checked out by teachers, students and professionals. Some popular items include: Infrared Cameras, ProScopes, Hummingbird Kits, Ozobots, MicroBits, and more. To check out items, get a list of our inventory, or find answers to all your STEM Library questions, please contact us at


Southern Utah University Pre-freshman Program (SUU PREP) is modeled after the very successful Texas PREP. This program, for middle school students, is an intensive 7-week math focused STEM program. Interested students must apply, but there is no cost to the student's family. Graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers in a variety of STEM fields.

Project Archaeology

Project Archaeology is an educational organization dedicated to teaching scientific and historical inquiry, cultural understanding, and the importance of protecting our nation’s rich cultural resources. We are a national network of archaeologists, educators, and concerned citizens working to make archaeology education accessible to students and teachers nationwide through high-quality educational materials and professional development.

SUU STEM Leadership Board

The SUU STEM Leadership Board focuses on organizing, staffing, and overseeing STEM Center events and programs for K-12 students in southern Utah, including the STEM Tutoring Centers.