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Snow College Hosts Sanpete STEM Fest

Over 300 participants attended the free event

STEM Fest participants

November 12, 2022 – Ephraim, UT – Snow College’s Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics teamed up with the Manti Public Library, the Gail S. Halvorsen Foundation, the Civil Air Patrol, the Utah STEM Action Center, with funding from the Utah NASA Space Grant to hold the first ever Sanpete STEM fest. The event focused on giving rural students the opportunity to experience earth and space with connections to science and technology.

Hands-on activities were offered throughout the event, and participants took home many keepsakes such as slime, stellar nebula spin art, rocks, plants, NASA stickers, and Snow College swag. Those who completed stations were entered into raffles to win larger prizes including books, lego sets, and drones.

The event was designed not only to expose school-age children to the wonders of STEM, but also to help area K-12 teachers with their STEM curriculum. Teachers took home prize packages that can be used in their classrooms. They also learned about the opportunities available for their students through Snow College such as field trips and lendable STEM kits for classroom use.

Event highlights included:

  • The Halvorsen Foundation STEM Fun Bus, where children built and launched rockets
  • Snow Planetarium Shows on the new Artemis Missions, blackholes, and exoplanets
  • The Civil Air Patrol demonstrated their Search and Rescue Drones
  • Hands-on science demonstrations exploring geology, biology, medical science, coding, forensics, astronomy, earth science, and engineering design

Physics professor Jon Pugmire organized the event in conjunction with Jeanette Perdue from the Manti City Library. Jon was pleased with the turnout and hopes to make it an annual event. He said, “STEM Fest was a free event that gave the community an opportunity to connect to Snow College and explore fun, interactive science experiences. It was great to share the resources we have at Snow College, including the planetarium.”

For more information about field trips to Snow College or lendable STEM kits, please contact Jon Pugmire at ude.wons@erimgup.noj.

STEM Fest participants
STEM Fest participants
STEM Fest participants

About Snow College

Snow College, founded in 1888 by Utah pioneers, is a two-year college with campuses located in Ephraim and Richfield, Utah. The college also has a learning center in Nephi, Utah, and offers a wide-range of online courses. Serving more than 5,000 students, the college has been nationally recognized for its student success rates, affordable cost-for-value, involvement opportunities, and exceptional teaching. Learn more about all Snow College has to offer online at