Tech High Day was hosted Saturday at Provo High School by the district, Google Fiber, DevMountain and other pillars in tech from across the valley.
The hands-on tech experience is designed for junior high students who are eager to learn how to code, design and create with technology.
“They’re making circuits, they’re doing some 3D printing, we have the Infini D space lab,” said Jared Ferguson, science director for the district. “We tried to provide a variety of different things to appeal to kids from all of the different creative aspects that we could.”
This is the second year Google Fiber has partnered with Provo High School to deliver a tech experience to junior high students. It originally started with a focus on involving girls in tech and coding, but that focus broadened to offer free tech classes to any Provo junior high student eager to learn more in the STEM focuses.
One way in particular that was on display at Tech High Day was the Infini D space lab. The mobile trailer is set up like a command bridge, similar to the U.S.S. Enterprise. But rather than Captain Kirk taking the chair, elementary and junior high students are encouraged to “fly” a spaceship by writing and executing basic command scripts.
“We want to give students an opportunity to love learning again through applying the curriculum they learn in the classroom and applying that in lifelike problem-solving situations,” said Brooks Heder, who ran the Infini D space lab module.