STEM (K-12)

SDL supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) K-12 activities that educate and engage young people in STEM disciplines and careers. The demand for scientists and engineers is growing as discoveries in these areas play a critical role in how we live and the quality of our lives.

SDL provides funds, resources, and expertise for events and activities implemented by several organizations, including the USU STE2M Center, campus student association chapters, the College of Engineering, Utah’s STEM Action Center, and others. 

STEM K-12 programs supported by SDL include:

Engineering State

The USU College of Engineering offers a fun-filled, four-day summer camp for more than 250 students entering their senior year of high school. Participants explore how engineering has changed our world and learn what earning a degree in engineering is all about.

App Camp

The goal of the camp is to introduce young people to computer science, encourage women to pursue computer science, and study what factors affect persistence and interest in the major. In this program, young women from ages 14 to 18 serve as mentors to younger participants. 

Physics Day at Lagoon 

Physics Day at Lagoon is one of the premier STEM outreach activities in the Intermountain West and draws more than 8500 high school and middle school students and teachers from five states.

Noche de Ciencias

SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) offers a Noche de Ciencias each year with a focus on Hispanic middle and high school students and their parents. USU students facilitate hands-on workshops and visit with parents about college opportunities for their children. 

Engineering Extravaganza

This program for high school girls and their parents is sponsored by USU’s Society for Women Engineers chapter. More than 68 girls and their parents attend every year and are introduced to engineering disciplines through participation in hands-on labs hosted by the College of Engineering departments.

Bridgerland and Other Local Science Fairs

Hosted by the STE2M Center, the Bridgerland Science and Engineering Fair is a regional event that happens every year at USU. All schools in Cache and Rich Counties are invited to send the top 50% of their local science fair projects to this regional fair.


SDL also played a significant role in the USU STARS! GEAR UP MicroLADA program. This program was developed to help teachers and students learn more about plant growth and considerations in micro-gravity environments.