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UtSTA Family Days

Historically, UtSTA has provided one day in the Fall, that was called UtSTA Day, where many different learning opportunities are available to teachers and their families and students all over the state of Utah.  This has grown over the years to be what we call UtSTA Family Days where these many activities are scheduled over many different weekends throughout the year to allow teachers and their families to attend multiple great activities. 

Fall 2018:

Physics of Football

Sept 21st 

Location: September 21st @ the San Juan High School Football Field in Blanding, UT

Time: 6:30-8:00pm (Homecoming football game starts at 7:00pm)

Come for the pre-game science show and learn the science of football by attending our stations: helmet safety, projectile motion, and friction cleats.  Kids and parents will learn about about helmet safety by engineering safety helmets. Kids K-8th can earn a certificate for building safe helmets for egg heads that can withstand an impact in our collision tubes. Kids can learn about the importance of the arch in the projectile motion station where they will try their hand at different throws and kicks.  The focus will be placed on the increased angle and lag time before it hits the ground. Last participants can test how cleats work and why their effectiveness changes when the grass is wet. The goal is to help students of all ages realize the science behind sports and have fun learning while playing in each of our stations.

SUU  Observatory

Date: September 28th 9:00 pm. Come and view


Date: September 29, 2018

Time: 10:00am-7:00pm 

Come to Discovery Gateway Children's Museum for a free day of fun and learning through play with your family! The annual Train Day will run 10:00am through 5:00pm withthe regular exhibits open all day long. Join the Utah Wasatch and Northern Utah Divisions of the National Model Railroad Association with special guests; Utah Model Railroad Club, Operation Life Saver, and the Utah Lego Users Group for an action-packed day of interactive train activities. More information about Discovery Gateway Children's Museum can be found at www.discoverygateway.org.


Date: September 29, 2018

Time: 12:30pm and 2:00pm)

Across the street is Clark Planetarium where you can also view the exhibits for free and attend one (or both!) of our special UtSTA movie screenings! Movie tickets are $6 per person (children 2 and under are free as long as they sit in an adult's lap). Incoming! will be playing in the Dome Theater at12:30pm. Conquest of the Skies will be playing in the IMAX theater at 2:00pm. To purchase the tickets, click here. Please purchase your tickets by September 22, 2018. Descriptions for both shows are available at https://slco.org/clark-planetarium.


Saturday, September 29th    10am–1pm

Attendance is FREE

Google Directions are available at: http://tinyurl.com/spiraljetty

The Utah Science Teachers Association has partnered with Great Salt Lake Institute for 7th Annual UtSTA Day at Great Salt Lake. This year’s event is a wonderful opportunity to come experience the North Arm of Great Salt Lake and the Spiral Jetty (a wonderful art installation along Great Salt Lale). There will be activities for teachers and their families including making Winogradsky Columns, information on local wildlife, an investigation of “Phenomena of Great Salt Lake geology”, collecting gypsum crystals, Brine Shrimp population model lesson, the DrumBus, and MORE!!!ke’s co

Come with water, snacks, and chairs (if you want to relax). Also plan ahead for travel times and bathroom stops (more information about the jetty can be found at 


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Questions about the event? Contact:

Jaimi Butler at jbutler@westminstercollege.edu 

Ricky Scott at richard.scott@schools.utah.gov


Date: October, 13, 2018

Time: Meet at 10:00 at 621 East Main St in Castle Dale

Toy and Aaron are very excited about hosting a UtSTA Day at the septarian mine near Clawson. Toy has close to 200 acres where he finds ammonite and other fossils. He also has an area where he lets the public dig for septarians. He will take us on a tour of all of his sites, including his "super secret" site and tell us about the geology and history. After that you can dig for septarians. There was even a suggestion that they could cook us a dutch oven dinner. The tour is free. If someone wants one of their septarians cut he will do the first pound for free and 25% off after that.  Meet at the parking lot of Stewart’s Market (621 East Main Street in Castle Dale, Utah) at 10:00 a.m. and we’ll caravan to the site. dress in layers and wear good shoes, Emergency County is notorious for going from cold to hot and back again in a hurry. Bring some water and either pack a lunch or I can direct you to some local spots with great food. Contact Megan Funk at mfunk@utsta.org

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