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Engineering Summer Camps at the University of Utah

There are two summer camps offered for high school students at the College of Engineering at the University of Utah.
The first camp, coming up June 17th to 21st,  is Hi-Gear.  It is an engineering camp for girls-only  It is a week-long camp that is hands-on and experiential. The camp is generally limited to 20 or so girls.  The food is great and the activities are awesome. Many of the girls that attend this camp do go on to be very involved engineering students, in fact many of our summer engineering ambassadors that help to run this camp attended this camp as high school students.
The following week a 3-day Exploring Engineering camp is offered and that is open to all. The theme this year is “Lights, Camera, Engineering”.  This is also a hands-on exploration of engineering and will provide an introductory experience to all of the engineering disciplines offered for study here at the University of Utah (Bio-engineering, Civil and Environmental engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Computer Science).
Please check out the website below and pass this information on to others.  Studies have shown that engaging students in activities such as these over the summer helps them to retain the knowledge they have gained over the school year. Both of these camps are STEM-oriented and give students an opportunity to see the connectedness of science, technology, engineering and math.

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CHHS Places 3rd in State Science Olympiad

Copper Hills High School placed 3rd in the State Science Olympiad at the University of Utah on Saturday April 13th, only a few points behind the top two teams. There were over 70 teams at state from schools around the state. Copper Hills also placed well in the two Regionals before state. The team placed in the top ten in 20 out of 24 events, placed in the top 6 in half the events, and medaled in 5 events.

Science Olympiad is one of the two most prestigious high school science competitions in the state with science fair.  “For the past 29 years, has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 6,400 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.”  See the link for more info.  SOBrochure2013


Special congratulations to the following students for medaling:

3rd Place Astronomy- Alexander Holt and Tyler Kaiser
3rd Place Disease Detectives- Nicole Olsen and Mikyla VanWagoner
3rd Place Dynamic Planet (with $500 scholarship)- Cindy Giang and Tyler Kaiser
2nd Place Fermi Questions- Hunter Anderson and Matthew Hansen
2nd Place Robot Arm- Austin Scholes and Justin Trujillo

Members of the varsity team were Hunter Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Cindy Giang, Matthew Hansen, Taryn Hargraves, Alexander Holt, Tyler Kaiser, Lance Mochizuki, Kendall Munsey, Austin Scholes, Niocle Olsen, Justin Trumillo, Jacob Wamsely, Daniel Willeitner, and Mikyla VanWagoner. Junior Varsity team members are Victoria Beard, Paul Castellanos,  Tynan Davis, Quinn Everett, Natalie Holt, Santiago Leon, Ivy Tomala, and Kaleb Hall.

I’m so very proud of their hard work and grateful to all the community members, who helped them prepare!

Jen Tolbert- Mechanical Engineer for L3 Communications
Daniel Tolbert- Registered Nurse for University of Utah Hospital
Matt Steele- ATK (Engineer)
Meridith Perkins- Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator- Utah Division of Forestry
Marie Owens- Water Quality Manager for Jordan Valley Water Authority
Ray Eniss- Materials Engineer for Alleghany Technologies Titanium Plant
Francine Bardole- Crime Scene Investigator for West Jordan Police Department
Heidi Schubert- Assistant Research Professor for Department of Biochemistry University of Utah
Robert Baskin- Supervisory Hydrologist for U.S. Geological Survey
Heather Threlkeld- Science Teacher at Bingham High School
Wyldn Pearson-
Mary Meyer and Doug Merrill- Teachers at Copper Hills High School

The students did an awesome job!

Matthew Lund- Coach Copper Hills High School Science Olympiad Team

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27th Annual Expanding Your Horizons

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)Chalkboard

Saturday, March 2, 2013
UVU Sorensen Student Center
800 West University Parkway, Orem, Utah
Open to all 6th – 12th Grade Girls!

Utah Valley University is pleased to announce the 27th Annual Expanding Your Horizons conference! This conference is being held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 in the UVU Sorensen Student Center. This is a math, science, and technology focused career conference for 6th through 12th grade girls from Utah and surrounding states.

Each year over 800 girls, parents, and educators come to explore educational and career opportunities in a variety of high-paying career fields; all presented by professional women!

Girls will be able to attend three hands-on workshops; choosing from over 40 different career fields that include Astronomy, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Medicine, Rocket & Space Science, Veterinary Medicine and many more. Parents and educators are also encouraged to attend and enjoy specialized workshops that will give resources on how to help girls succeed in their educational, career and life pursuits. EYH also features an energizing keynote speaker, interactive booths, commemorative t-shirt, snack, lunch, and a packet of related materials.

Scholarships will be available for girls from low-income families to attend EYH at little or no cost. Please contact the Equity Center for further details via phone (801) 863-8498 or e-mail Additionally, one parent or educator may attend free of charge for each 5 girls they bring to the conference. Please contact the Equity Center for more information before registering.

Visit the website to register:

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Access for Women in Science and Mathematics Program

Attention Senior Girls!

The University of Utah offers a program for girls who excel in Math and Science.  The ACCESS for Women in Science and Mathematics program begins with a seven-week summer course, after graduation. During the spring semester, you will be awarded a research position in one of hundreds of laboratories available across campus, based on your interests.

Included in this program is:

  • $3500 Stipend (does not conflict with any scholarships!)
  • Integrated summer science course
  • Research laboratory placement
  • Networking
  • A jump start on your college experience
  • Prestigious housing opportunity
Apply online at

Application deadline is March 1, 2013

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U of U Asst. Research Professor Presenting to CHHS Students on Jan. 22nd

Heidi Schubert, an Assistant Research Professor  in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Utah, will be presenting to CHHS students after school on January 22nd at 2:30 p.m. in the Tech Atrium.  If you are interested in any biology field, you will want to attend.  She will be focusing on careers as a geneticist or biochemist.  Specifically she is a protein crystallographer – the study of proteins at the atomic level, determining their 3-dimensional structures and learning how they function and interact based on high-resolution data, a biochemist.

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MESA Visits U of U School of Medicine and Natural History Museum

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MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) Club focuses on helping students prepare for college and careers in the medical, engineering, sciences, mathematics, and technical fields. On Thursday January 10th, Students from CHHS MESA went on a field trip to the University of Utah School of Medicine and Natural History Museum. Students had a chance to meet and talk with medical students, who explained what medical school is like, admissions requirements, and preparing for any career in the health fields. The med students then helped club members dissect cow hearts teaching them the anatomy of the heart. Afterwards students visited the Natural History Museum at the U, getting a chance to see fossil remains, learn about paleontology, biology, and geology.

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MESA Meeting to Plan Trip

There will be a MESA meeting on Tuesday, 1/8,  after school in room 2222.  All members please come!  We will be planning the field trip to the U of U’s  School of Medicine, to meet with med students, and to the Natural History Museum.  Contact Mr. Lund if you have any questions.


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Science Olympiad Team Offers Amazing Opportunity

Dear Parents and Students,

If you are interested in a career related to Science, Engineering, Math, Technology, or Medicine, we would like to invite you to be part of our award-winning Science Olympiad team. Last year, Copper Hills took 4th in state placing in over half the events. Science Olympiad is one of the most prestigious events in science and academics. Last year, over $150,000 in scholarships were given out from Universities across the state. The director of recruitment for the University of Utah explained to coaches  the importance of the whole student for admissions. The University is looking at the student as a whole including academic competitions and extra-curricular activities like Olympiad as a requirement for admissions, not just grades and test scores.

CHHS Science Olympiad team this year will be working with scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and medical professionals to prepare for competitions and mentor students. Team goals are:

-Develop Mentoring Opportunities with Professionals

-Learn about All Different Areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine

-Prepare for College and Earn Scholarship Opportunities

-Develop Team Work

-Win State and Go to National Competition All Expenses Paid!

We need more members especially sophomores and juniors to fill both a varsity and junior varsity team. As any athletic team, there is a required commitment to prepare for competitions. To prepare, students will spend about ten hours per month until April preparing for events. We meet Thursday morning, Thursday afterschool, and occasionally Thursday nights at 7:00p.m. to meet with mentors as assigned. If you cannot make one of these time slots, please let Mr. Lund know to make alternate arrangements. The Science Olympiad team is an amazing opportunity. If you are interested in learning more, please visit for details on events and competitions. If you would like to join the team, please email Mr. Lund at immediately with your name, interested events, and contact information.

Competition Dates:

Regional at Westminster March 9th

Regional at Weber March 13th

State at University of Utah  April 13th

Parents, if any of you work professionally in science, engineering, or medicine, we would love your help mentoring students. Please let me know if you can help.



Mr. Lund, Mr. Manwaring, and Mr. Merrill

Science Olympiad Coaches

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Three $1800 Scholarships Available

2013 SAME Great Basin Post Scholarships

Application deadline is January 11,2013.

Three scholarships of $1800 each will be given to engineering/architecture bound Utah high school seniors.
Visit the link to the National and local organization if you want to know more about this scholarship.
Society of American Military Engineers ( and SAME Great Basin Post (

Applications are available in the Counseling Center.  See Mrs. Summers.

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Science Day at U – Registration Closes Nov. 6th

Science Day at the U

Saturday, November 10

8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Final Reminder: Registration closes Nov. 6!


Spend a day exploring the College of Science and the College of Mines & Earth Sciences at the University of Utah!  High school students grades 10-12 are invited to attend science workshops and experience, first-hand, the cutting-edge research and educational opportunities at the U.  Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend the event with their students.

Science Day at the U features over 25 workshops on microscopic atoms, the makeup of galaxies, and everything in between!

This event is free and lunch is provided! 

Registration is required.
Register early for best workshop selection.
Space is limited!

Students, parents, and educators can register online beginning October 8 at
The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 6.

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