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UVU’s Sci-Tech Expo To Give Hands-On STEM Experience To Middle School Students

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July 8, 2014

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807

The next generation of scientists and engineers will get hands-on technical experiences as Utah Valley University presents Sci-Tech Expo on Friday, July 11, for middle school students enrolled in the UVU PREP program. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Science Building and in labs in the Computer Science Building on the UVU campus.

“Sci-Tech Expo is meant to inspire current UVU PREP students to prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Austin Anderson, UVU PREP coordinator.

Activities spanning a wide spectrum of scientific and technical fields will be presented, including computer gaming, digital media, engineering graphics and design, and computer programming. Students will have the opportunity to personally interact with leading STEM professionals representing corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and universities.

“By bringing together corporate, scientific and community leaders to provide programming and pre-workforce development opportunities to the next generation of STEM professionals, we are teaching students how important and integral STEM careers are in keeping our nation competitive, globally secure and prosperous,” said Anderson.

Karen de la Cruz, an assistant teaching professor from the College of Nursing at BYU, will be the keynote speaker at 9 a.m. Presenters at Sci-Tech Expo include representatives from Avalanche/Disney Studios and U.S. Synthetic Corporation.

UVU PREP students will interact with leading scientific professionals and be able to ask questions and learn what it takes to become a STEM professional. Sci-Tech Expo connects UVU PREP 2014 students to scientific and engineering leaders to inspire them to become a new generation of innovators for Utah’s economy.

“The intensive six-hour-per-day UVU PREP program uses a proven curriculum that shows how mathematical concepts and procedures are applied to careers in engineering and science,” said Anderson.

School Community University Partnership, the outreach arm of UVU, conducts UVU PREP each summer for seven weeks for qualified middle school students in cooperation with Alpine, Nebo and Provo school districts.

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