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Summer programs offer youth a head start in STEM training

This summer, Dixie State University is hosting a variety of hands-on educational camps and programs to help Washington County youth excel in science, technology, engineering and math.

The U.S. Department of Education projects a dramatic increase in STEM jobs and an impending shortage of workers to fill them. In anticipation of such a shortage, DSU has sponsored and affiliated with camps and afterschool programs for several years that aim to fill the demand by providing youth much-needed STEM skills and knowledge.

“These programs at Dixie State are designed to prepare children in the community for a future in STEM,” said Erin Smith, DSU computer & information technology project designer. “As the need for talented coders, app developers, engineers and scientists continues to increase, these camps will help ensure a skilled workforce is present in Washington County.”

Subjects include coding, computer science, math, biology, geology, and mechanical engineering and provide a foundation for students to get a head start and immediately move into advanced courses by the time they begin college.

The most popular of the programs include mechanical engineering camp for 9–12 graders, Girls Go Digital for 2–12 grade girls, and CodeChangers for 2–12 graders. In total, DSU hosts 20 unique programs to provide unique, educational experiences for those with varied interests in STEM.

STEM experiences vary from camps that last a few days to week-long summer programs. Camps will be held on the Dixie State campus and include some community trips.

To register youth for STEM experiences or for more information and a complete list of courses available, visit