STEM Experiments to use up that Halloween candy!

Do you end up with tons of candy from holidays gone by? We certainly build a small arsenal of sugary treats and there’s a great use for them too. Science! Check out these fun ways to use up those sweets!

  1. Balloon Experiments –
  2. Skittles Science Activity for Candy Science Experiments with Kids –
  3. Floating M M&M Candy Science Experiment –
  4.  Slime (not edible) –


Utah girls get hands-on experience at SheTech

OREM— American Fork High School senior Abbie Rogers has a plan for the future, and it’s one that was shaped in part by a novel effort to boost the number of young Utah women seeking careers in technology fields.

On Friday, the SheTech Explorer event drew almost 1,200 girls from 90 high schools to the Utah Valley University campus for a day of activities designed to show them that tech careers are not just for boys.

Cydni Tetro is the founder and president of the Sandy-based Women Tech Council, which started SheTech three years ago. She said women are drastically underrepresented in advanced-industry employment, even now as Utah’s tech sector experiences rapid growth.

“Women are only represented by […]


Tech summit highlights Utah’s Silicon Slopes

SALT LAKE CITY — Developing more home-grown talent is a major concern for Utah business and technology leaders gathered at a two-day summit at the Salt Palace.

“We have to get more into our high schools and into our colleges to create the skills that we need in this state,” said Cydni Tetro, co-founder and executive director of Women Tech Council, at Thursday’s opening of the inaugural Silicon Slopes Tech Summit.

With about 5,000 tech companies in Utah, and more created each year, the need for qualified, educated talent is constantly growing, Silicon Slopes executive board member Carine Clark said. The tech industry needs to help develop a statewide program that can cultivate and inspire more young […]


Where are the women in computer science?

Women earn 57 percent of undergraduate degrees, but only 18 percent of degrees in computer and information sciences, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). This trend starts before college where girls comprise 56 percent of Advanced Placement (AP) test takers, but only 19 percent of computer science AP test takers.

In the workforce, this discrepancy widens. The National Science Foundation’s 2016 report cited that only about 15 percent of women are part of the engineering and computer science workforce.

What causes this gap? Three Utah women share their observations and opinions on the gap, and what’s being done in the state.

Dr. Shalini Kesar is […]


Women in tech honored for outstanding achievement

Being a high-achieving woman in the world of technology or business requires intelligence, determination, grit and the unwavering belief that success is attainable.

“The seed of entrepreneurship begins with a dream, and one dream can transform a million realities,” said Julie Hanna, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.

She was the keynote speaker at the Women Tech Awards Thursday at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, presented by the Women Tech Council — a Utah-based nonprofit trade association that provides mentoring, visibility and networking for women in technology fields.

Born in Egypt, Hanna said her family fled civil wars in two countries — Jordan and Lebanon — before settling in the United States in the early 1970s. […]


Women Tech Council honors Utah women in technology

SALT LAKE CITY— On Thursday at the Grand America hotel, Dr. Shalini Kesar related her story while she was in Salt Lake City for the Women Tech Council Awards.

She grew up in India, but came to Cedar City from London nine years ago.

“In my college, there were only four girls out of 60 studying technology,” she said.

Despite the lack of women in her class, Kesar said it was natural for her to go into science.

“I had a strong family support and good teachers that made me realize what I could do,” she said.

Kesar received an “Educational Excellence” award for her work as an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University to get […]


1.2K high school girls participate in STEM event

OREM — More than 1,000 high school girls filled up the Utah Valley University UCCU center Friday.

They were there for SheTech Explorer, a STEM event put on by the Women Tech Council and Utah Valley University. It was sponsored by and the Utah STEM Action Center.

To kick off the conference, STEM-advocate Thelina Smith and Angela Trego addressed the girls. Trego told them, “it’s about you discovering things you like and don’t like.”

The girls could discover their interests through an interactive TechZone exhibit and an assortment of female-led panels and workshops. Ninth-grader Sidnee Meyers said she liked the TechZone the most because “you get […]


11 Utah organizations changing the tech game for women

SALT LAKE CITY — The Silicon Slopes are growing more diverse thanks to innovative groups, initiatives, organizations and companies that are pushing for more Utah women to pursue technology careers. Many female leaders at major tech companies are leading the charge.

Utah, which topped Forbes’ list of Best States for Business, has high household incomes and great job-growth rates. Forbes calls it a “technology hub,” with companies like Novell, WordPerfect, Microsoft, Oracle and Adobe Systems building major hubs within the state.

“The talent pool in Utah is incredible,” Scott Murray, vice president of global customer experience for eBay, told the Associated Press. An integral part of that talent pool […]


Utah colleges host events centered around women

SALT LAKE CITY — In honor of women around the world, Utah universities are offering many resources that people may not be aware of. Some are direct results, while others are recurring events aimed at women.

As a way to empower women to progress in their community and careers, students and others in the community are encouraged to actively engage in the events.

Brigham Young University

BYU Women’s Conference

BYU will be hosting over 200 presenters for a two-day conference. The conference is the “largest gathering of LDS women in the world.” Topics such as womanhood and sisterhood, gospel principles, marriage, family, etc., will be focused on during the event.

Women of all ages are invited to attend the event April […]

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