Loveland Living Planet Aquarium supports STEM program

A new program aims to educate and prepare Utah students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The media launch was held Thursday, January 29 at the brand new Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, and The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was there to support the program.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Stan Lockhart, Government Affairs Manager for IM Flash Technologies, are supporters of the campaign. Astronaut Charles Precourt, Miss Utah 2012 Kara Arnold, and BYUtv’s American Rides star Stan Ellsworth were also at the launch.

Recognizing the importance of STEM, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium sent Douglas Mauck, Teacher Programs Manager at LLPA, to the event. LLPA fully supports the STEM initiative and has many school outreach programs geared toward STEM. LLPA has partnerships with STEM through iSEE (Informal Science Education Enhancement) and a new STEM partnership through iUTAH (Innovative Urban Transitions and Arid region Hydro-sustainability).

The theme of the media campaign is “STEM Utah: Curiosity Unleashed.” Supporters are hoping to inspire students to get excited about the possibilities they have in these career fields.

During the construction of our new facility in Draper, our education team is still traveling to schools across the state every week day. We have two outreach programs – the Rainforest Van that travels to 2nd grade classes, and our Utah Waters Van that travels to 4th grade classes. Our programs correlate with the Utah State Core Curriculum, so students can really absorb the information they are learning with hands on, interactive lessons by our talented team members.

These vans are how the Living Planet Aquarium got its start. Our founder Brent Andersen wanted to bring the ocean to school children to teach them about science, the earth’s diverse ecosystems, and inspire them to learn. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium will feature an Education Center, which will support onsite education programs reaching K-12 and university students.