K-12 Engineering Programs

Meet an Inventor Night

Meet an Inventor

Thursday, April 23, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Warnock Engineering Building lobby
72 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT

Audience: 9th – 12th grade students

Design and invention are daily activities for engineers in industry as well as faculty and students in the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. At this event participants will learn from people involved in the design process about where they got their ideas and how they turned their ideas into reality.

Participants are required to RSVP via the web form listed below. Registration will begin at 6:30 pm, and the keynote speaker will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Parents are invited to attend, but we encourage only one parent per high school student.

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Engineering Day


Saturday, November 14, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Warnock Engineering Building lobby
72 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT

Audience: 9th – 12th grade students and University of Utah undergraduates

Engineering Day is a half-day event open to high school students (9-12), undecided majors, and transfer students interested in engineering. This event is FREE and is designed to introduce students to a variety of engineering disciplines.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour our engineering facilities, find out what research is happening in the College, and attend exciting engineering presentations/demonstrations.

Participants are required to register for sessions online. Lab tour space is limited thus presentations and demonstrations will be going on concurrently.

Parents, counselors and teachers are encouraged to attend as well.

With questions or for assistance, contact: Morgan Boyack, morgan.boyack@utah.edu, (801) 581-4528.

Registration will open in early September

Elementary Engineering Week

Elementary Engineering Week

March 1-3, 2016

Audience: 5th and 6th grade students

A FREE program and an excellent opportunity to engage older elementary students (grades 5 – 6) in the practical application of engineering concepts and scientific principles. Awards and prizes will be given to each school that participates fully in Elementary Engineering Week activities.

This event was created with the following goals in mind:

  • To introduce students to the field of engineering and the University of Utah.
  • To encourage continued interest in math and science.
  • To share this experience with students from as many different schools as possible.

2016 Registration

2016 Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on November 16th and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on November 20th. Schools will be notified by December 4th regarding admission to the program.

Once your registration has been submitted, the primary contact person listed on your form will receive an email confirmation. Please make sure you provide the correct email address. If this email confirmation is not received within 24 hours after submission, please try again.

First priority will be given to the schools (not classes) that have never attended Elementary Engineering Week before. All other schools will be added to the attendance list based on the order their form was received by our office. After the event fills to capacity, the remaining schools will be placed on a wait list (in case of cancellations).

Each school must limit participation to EITHER 5th OR 6th grade classes. MESA clubs or home school groups (15-30 students) are welcome to register as well. No individual registrations are accepted. We are planning an exciting Elementary Engineering Week and hope to provide your students with a memorable learning experience.

Questions? Please contact Amy Arkwright at amy.arkwright@utah.edu

The 2016 schedule will be posted at a later date.

Registration has not opened for the 2016 event.

2016 Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on November 16th and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on November 20th. Schools will be notified by December 4th regarding admission to the program.

Interested in volunteering for the 2016 EEWeek?
Please contact Amy Arkwright at amy.arkwright@utah.edufor more details.

Discover Engineering

Discover Engineering

Discover Engineering is a traveling display that introduces students to eight different types of engineering. The display consists of eight stations and one central display. Each is designed to give an introduction to a specific department within the University of Utah’s College of Engineering through products of engineering that students can interact with, videos, and written descriptions of each area.

What to know when scheduling this exhibit:

This program is for high schools only.

When Discover Engineering comes to your high school, please provide a secure space that may be locked when school is not in session: the library, the stage in the auditorium, an empty classroom, etc.

At least one staff member from the University of Utah will accompany the exhibit. It takes approximately 2 hours for both the set-up and take-down of the display.

Scheduling: Contact Morgan Boyack at (801) 581-4528, morgan.boyack@utah.edu to bring Discover Engineering to your school.

Elementary Engineering Days

EE Days

Elementary Engineering Days show students the real world applications of the science core curriculum. This is a popular program, so we will have a lottery to determine which schools we will visit during the 2012-2013 academic year. You will be notified on Wednesday, April 25th if we will be coming to your school.

Cost: Free
Grades Involved: K-6
Where: Your School
Registration Window: April 18 – 20, 2012
Requirements: Two Large Spaces in Your School (ex. Gym, Library, etc.)

Register Online: CLOSED (Registration will open on April 18th, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.)

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Kindergarten, Back Scratchers:
Students learn about problem solving and use those skills to build a device.

1st Grade, Introduction to Water:
Students learn about water: where it comes from, what it is made of and how it changes phases.

2nd Grade, Paper Rockets:
Students build a rocket and learn about how weather affects their flight.

3rd Grade, Catapults:
Students build a catapult and learn about forces and motion.

4th Grade, Gum Drop Towers:
Students build skyscrapers and then test them in a simulated earthquake.

5th Grade, Magnet Motors:
Students build a motor from simple household supplies.

6th Grade, Balloon Rocket Activity:
Students learn about technology that makes space exploration possible and then build and test a spacecraft.

Career Day Presentations

Career Day

The College has alumni currently working in engineering positions who have volunteered to present about their jobs and the engineering profession to students at K-12 schools in Utah. They also tell students how they can prepare for college by taking the right classes in high school.

Scheduling: Contact Morgan Boyack at (801) 581-4528, morgan.boyack@utah.edu to schedule an engineer for your career day.

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