STEM: In Water and On Land

Junior high students from across Utah dove into marine technology engineering and science with the SeaPerch competition at WSU’s Swenson Gym Pool. It was sink or swim for their remotely operated underwater vehicles.However it turned out, though, kids got the chance to develop skills such as submarine design, propulsion, waterproofing and buoyancy.

On land, the FIRST Tech Challenge gave students opportunities to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to design, build and program robots to complete specific tasks. WSU has hosted the competition for four years.

“STEM competitions promote problem solving and creative thinking,” said Dana Dellinger, outreach director for WSU’s College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology (EAST). “The goal is to inspire students to become innovators, engineers, scientists and creators.”

During the Dream 125 campaign, EAST was given a significant gift from the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation that provides the seed money for a new, spacious, high-tech, sustainable building. The facility will give students, faculty and staff a much-needed new home to explore projects in areas like renewable energy and bolster outreach activities to encourage young people to pursue engineering careers.