Keynote Speaker - Dr. Frank Morgan

Dr. Frank Morgan (The Bubble Guy)       We are thrilled and honored to feature as our keynote speaker Dr.Frank Morgan, Atwell Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, presenting a popular twist on his specialized work in minimal surfaces.  According to Dr. Morgan, soap bubbles continue to confound and amaze mathematicians. Some recent mathematical breakthroughs have come from students. His presentation, "Soap Bubbles and Mathematics," will include a guessing contest with demonstrations, explanations, and prizes. Immediately following his talk, Dr. Morgan will lead a family-friendly, hands-on workshop with plenty of soap bubbles and laughter included. (photo by Jeff Bauer of Citco)

Event Description:

Dates: April 11-12, 2014
Address: 639 W. 100 S.  Blanding, UT 84511
Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

"Lucky Stiff" the Musical by Edge of the Seaters Theatre company
Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm in the Arts and Events Center

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) programs nationwide through all levels of higher education are in need of more qualified students. Minorities and women continue to be significantly under-represented in these fields. Utah State University Eastern (USU E), Blanding Campus is creating an annual gathering where students and guests will be introduced to S.T.E.A.M. creations and careers with a fresh and exciting twist. For more information about STEM and STEAM please visit http://www.stemtosteam.org.

Our April event intends to showcase the interaction of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics in a whole new way, giving area inventors and creators the opportunity to demonstrate their own creations while learning from others’ endeavors. Some of the events the 2014 Utah State University Eastern S.T.E.A.M. Maker Expo will feature:

  1. Our own AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) club will be presenting a student-built hovercraft as well as various VEX robots which they will be taking to the University Worlds competition in Anaheim, California from April 23-25, 2014. Last spring, the USU Eastern, Blanding team placed second in the University Worlds event in Washington, D.C. Their creations are the product of a STEM class offered on campus entitled “Power, Energy, Transportation, and Control Technology” which introduces the students to the world of renewable energy, the future of our planet’s dependency on energy, in an applied engineering project.
  2. A student art show will be coordinated by USU E art faculty, Anthony Lott. The ceramics room will be open to the public for demonstration and experimentation. The “Chemistry of Ceramics” will be presented.
  3. A Vendor Village will allow local artists and inventors an area to showcase their work. (See map for the expo layout.)
  4. Large areas are set aside for demonstrations such as the showcasing of the AISES students’ hovercraft. Featured presentations include “The Nature of Math” by Dr. Eric Rowley, “The Science and Technology of Search and Rescue” by Jay Jones and “Sustainable Growing” by Ed Larson.
  5. Hands-on areas will allow participants to experience the excitement of technology and creation, including a soldering tent and kite-building.
  6. There will be many exhibitor booths showcasing local/regional makers.
  7. San Juan High School Band soloists and ensembles will be performing.
  8. Nightly musical performances of “Lucky Stiff” by Edge of the Seaters will be featured at the Blanding Arts and Events Center.
  9. “Technology, Entertainment, and Design” (TED) presentation will be playing throughout the Expo, including “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.”

Contact Us:

Edward Larson: 435-678-8216, edward.larson@usu.edu
Georgiana Simpson: 435-678-8162, georgiana.simpson@usu.edu

About our Campus:

Utah State University Eastern (USU E), Blanding Campus, is a public comprehensive independent Branch campus accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities serving the “Four Corners” region of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Its service area covers over 40,000 square miles including San Juan and Grand Counties and encompassing the largest Native American population in the United States; including portions of the Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Ute, Southern Paiute, and Hopi Nations.

Region Resources:

Utah's Canyon Country

San Juan County

City of Blanding

City of Monticello City

Community of Bluff