Students explore science and tech at STEM Day on the Hill

Jan 25, 2024, 1:47 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Some of Utah’s top tech partners shared the spotlight with dozens of students at the Capitol Tuesday for STEM Day on the Hill.

The annual event during the legislative session is an opportunity for students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math to explore careers in those fields.

The Mech Knights Robotics Team from the Freedom Prep Academy showed off their creation, a robot named Dragon.

“One thing you’ll notice about it is the wheels. They look different than your standard wheels. What this allows us to do is actually go sideways,” a Mecha Knights Robotics team member explained.

Tami Goetz, Director of the Utah STEM Action Center, said STEM Day on the Hill highlights everything from engineering to computer science, programming, medical, and health-related sciences. 

STEM Action Center

The Utah STEM Action Team helped students learn about the opportunities available with STEM education. (KSL TV)

“A chance to let them see the opportunities and the doors that STEM education opportunities could open for them,” Goetz said.

Goetz said many of the fastest-growing jobs in the next 10-15 years are going to require some kind of STEM knowledge and ability.

For the Mecha Knights Robotics Team, pursuing a STEM field post-graduation is already on the horizon.

“It’s a lot more than robots. We’re learning so much, and part of this is to show other people what we’re doing and maybe set up more teams,” a team member said.

For students, it gives them a head start in asking all the right questions.

“What do I need to know? How do I get there? I want to go do that. What do I need to do in school?” Goetz explained.

KSL 5 TV Live

Education & Schools

FILE - The 1200 building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is seen, Oct. 2...

Terry Spencer, Associated Press

Six years after the Parkland school massacre, the bloodstained building will finally be demolished

The demolition of the building where 17 people died in the 2018 Parkland school shooting is set to begin. Crews will begin tearing down the three-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Friday.

17 hours ago

The Alpine School District holds public comment to discuss a potential split on June 11, 2024. (KSL...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Alpine School District hears first public comments on potential split option

The Alpine School District got a taste of what residents think of a plan to potentially split the school district.

1 day ago

The outside of the Black Cultural Center at Weber State University in Ogden on Tuesday. It and seve...

Tim Vandenack,

Weber State to axe Black, Latino, other cultural centers to comply with new diversity law

Weber State University will eliminate cultural centers for Black, Latino and other students to comply with the new Utah law targeting diversity initiatives.

4 days ago

Davis County School buses at the Bus Farm in Farmington on Friday, Sept. 13. (Matt Gade, Deseret Ne...

Tim Vandenack,

Davis School District, ex-employee reach $143,558 settlement in discrimination suit

Davis School District officials and a former employee tasked with investigating racial harassment cases have reached a settlement to resolve the lawsuit she filed against the school system over alleged discrimination.

7 days ago

Anthem Preparatory School in South Jordan will be traveling to Normandy, France to perform for the ...

Alex Cabrero

Two groups from Utah performing in Normandy, France for 80th anniversary of D-Day

The dance team at Anthem Preparatory School and the Utah Pipe Band will be traveling to Normandy, France to perform for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

9 days ago

Books sit on shelves in an elementary school library in suburban Atlanta on Friday, 18, 2023. Altho...

Paradise Afshar, CNN

Massachusetts teacher on leave after holding mock slave auction, using N-word in class, school district says

A Massachusetts teacher who staged a mock slave auction and used the N-word in a 5th-grade class has been placed on leave, according to a letter sent to parents by the school’s superintendent.

12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Students explore science and tech at STEM Day on the Hill