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STEAM Festival Involves Students in Experiential Learning

Published: October 11, 2017 | Author: Lexi Carter | Category: Community Outreach

local cedar city kids science campThe third annual STEAM Festival will be held October 16-17 on the Southern Utah University campus. The two-day festival presents hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math learning for children of all ages.

With over 3,000 students scheduled to attend, the STEAM Festival brings southern Utah K-8th students together for a day of experiential learning and interdisciplinary projects to help make STEAM education exciting for students of all ages.

Hosted by the SUU Center for STEM Teaching & Learning and the Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering, the STEAM Festival has successfully built a program comparable to those held along the Wasatch Front.

“The goal of this event is to foster the imaginations of students,” said Bill Heyborne, STEM Center Director and associate professor of biology. “This sort of event, particularly where the arts are united with STEM, provides a platform upon which this excitement and enthusiasm for STEM learning can be ignited and sustained.”

The Festival will be held in the Ballroom in the Sharwan Student Center on SUU’s campus. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 16

  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm K-5th grade class field trips
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Open to the public

Tuesday, October 17

  • 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 5th-8th grade class field trips

Space still exists for additional school groups to join in the fun. Teachers interested in bringing their classes may reserve a spot by emailing Laurel Dodgion at wmgcoseevents@suu.edu.

Confirmed educational partners include the SUU Plantarium, Animal Ambassadors, Sub Zero, Soaring Over Southern Utah virtual reality ride,  Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, NASA Meteorite and Space Project at SUU, Cedar Breaks National Monument, the Cedar Mountain Science Center, SUU Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), MSC Aerospace, Southwest Tech, Southern Utah Space Foundation, Project Archeology, Tech Ambassadors, Southern Utah Rock Club, SUU Geology Club, St. George Children’s Museum, Cedar Mountain Science Camp, SUU Chemistry Club, Orchestra of Southern Utah, SUU Department of Dance and artsFUSION from southern Utah and, Discovery Gateway, Thanksgiving Point and the Utah STEM Action Center from the Wasatch Front.  

The organizing committee is seeking additional educational partners as well as event sponsors.  If your business or organization would like to organize and present a booth with interactive activities, please contact Madi Clark at madiclark@suu.edu. If you would like to be a financial supporter of this event, please contact William Heyborne at williamheyborne@suu.edu.


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