TDS presents Utah Tech with $15,000 check for STEM Outreach Center

Program helps high school students become passionate about science

The TDS team of Wendi Bulkley and Cindy Powell presented a check to Utah Tech’s Eric Pedersen, dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology, faculty and students.

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) presented Eric Pedersen, dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology at Utah Tech University, with a check for $15,000 for its K-12 STEM Outreach Center. The center will use the money to buy digital microscopes, an air powered rocket launcher, Micro:Bits, and snap circuit electronic exploration kits. These programs have a proven track record of success.

TDS Associate Manager of Field Marketing Wendi Bulkley nominated the program for TDS’ internal DE&I Community STEM Fund grant. “As a local provider of telecommunications services, TDS understands these courses foster an interest in technology and engineering for future first-generation college students,” she said. “It’s also wonderful to help low-income and underrepresented students in STEM fields.”

While STEM education is growing in the United States, over the next 10 years the demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase by four times the rate of other occupations.

Through programs like this one at Utah Tech, Eric Pedersen, Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, believes young people in our community can acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to fill the coming shortage of workers in STEM fields in our very own backyard, all while “having so much fun they won’t realize they’re learning! Many thanks to TDS for helping us reach the next generation of STEM learners,” said Pedersen.

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TDS Associates Wendi Bulkley and Cindy Powell received a tour of the K-12 Stem Outreach Center and met some of the students and faculty in the program that will benefit from TDS’ $15,000 donation to the center.

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