Introducing students to STEM principles early through K-12 programming is integral to generating interest in obtaining higher education degrees in math and science. To advance this important effort, the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) is collaborating with Chevron—and other major funders—to provide support for two exciting STEM programs: Youth Teaching Youth, the museum’s premier science education and youth leadership program for students from the Glendale community; and Teen Explainers, a newly launched program where high school students design interactive demonstrations and lead hands-on activities for public visitors to the museum. With a focus on STEM-based principles, these programs provide a powerful pathway for K-12 students to hone their knowledge in the natural sciences, develop critical science communication skills, and lay the foundation for becoming confident, college-ready students.
Over the past 30 years, the University of Utah’s partnership with Chevron has inspired students from throughout Utah to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. As the Natural History Museum of Utah celebrates its 50th anniversary—and looks ahead to its next 50 years—the museum is excited to educate a new generation of scientists, engineers, and leaders who will help make Utah an even better place to live.