The Google Fiber STEM Building at the DIY Festival features local tinkerers, tech startups, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Exhibitors provide festival attendees with a unique opportunity to learn about STEM projects happening in Utah through hands-on exhibitions. Festival-goers can satisfy their curiosity by engaging with local experts on a range of science, math, technology and engineering topics. It’s fun and interesting for all ages!

STEM Exhibits

DIY Engineers display interactive science projects, inventions, virtual reality experiences, prototypes, 3-D printing and other cutting edge technologies sure to pique interest in STEM topics for all ages!

STEM Exhibits

DIY Engineers display interactive science projects, inventions, virtual reality experiences, prototypes, 3-D printing and other cutting edge technologies sure to pique interest in STEM topics for all ages!

Craft Lake City STEM Craft

Unleash your inner scientist and engineer by making a STEM craft that you can take home!

BUILD YOUR OWN ROCKET

$5

Build and decorate your own soda bottle water rocket then head outside to our launching pad and watch it soar into the sky!

ROCKET LAUNCH TIMES

Friday: 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m. , 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. , 3 p.m., 5 p.m

Go Deeper!

This year’s Google Fiber STEM Building will feature workshops, demonstrations, and Q&A panels to help you GO DEEPER on exciting and important topics.

Each day of our festival will have themes we’ll be highlighting:

Friday – Online Design Night
Saturday – Sustainably STEM Presented by Recyclops
Sunday – Backyard Makers

GO DEEPER on each day for more details below!

Friday, August 12

Online Design Night

5PM - 6PM Craft Lake City STEM Labs Presents: Coding Bots!

Ozobot on paper with marker lines

STEM Labs is Craft Lake City’s go-to source for science, tech, engineering and math related workshops year round. In this hands-on, open house workshop, we invite participants of any age to learn the basics of coding with Ozobots, tiny programmable robots that follow basic commands… which you give them by drawing on paper.

6PM - 7PM V School Presents: The Interseciton of Art & Tech

V School Logo
Stop by for a mind-blowing panel on the intersection between art and tech. They can’t perform without each other! Learn from experts who dabble in both the arts and have careers in tech. Hear how both art and tech go hand in hand.

Meet our panelists:

Laney K

Laney Kawaguchi, Director of Outcomes at V School
Laney is a V School alumna who completed a Software Engineering Internship at Adobe and then became an Analytics Engineer at Admind.  Currently, Laney works as the Director of Outcomes at V School helping others transition into the tech field. Outside of work she enjoys DJing, dancing, and spending time with her family and cats.

Ben Turner
Ben Turner, Senior Software Engineer at Skedulo 

Ben graduated from the University of Utah in 2014 with a degree in philosophy. As a former welder and touring musician, he decided to go for a major career switch and learn how to code. He is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Skedulo, based in Brisbane, Australia. He is fascinated by the similarities between coding and other art forms such as music. He still plays guitar and spends his free time hiking, playing basketball, and reading.

7PM - 8PM Craft Lake City STEM Labs Presents: Coding Bots!

Ozobot on paper with marker lines

STEM Labs is Craft Lake City’s go-to source for science, tech, engineering and math related workshops year round. In this hands-on, open house workshop, we invite participants of any age to learn the basics of coding with Ozobots, tiny programmable robots that follow basic commands… which you give them by drawing on paper.

8PM - 9PM Imagine That 3D Presents: 3D Scanning and Editing

Imagine That 3D is excited to bring 3D scanning and editing to DIY Fest this year! Host Zach Hagen will show you how to do a full body scan, upload and edit it on easy-to-use software, and prepare it for printing and/or online applications.

Saturday, August 13

Sustainably STEM Presented by Recyclops

2PM - 3PM Sago Adornment Presents: Make Your Mark

DIY Paintbrushes and mark making tools

DIY mark-making tools and create unique brushes from household objects! This re-use workshop gives even old dish scrubbers and grungy clothespins a new creative life in mark making. Roxanne from Sago Adornment will demonstrate a few clever ways to make brushes and mark-making tools with everyday items. Participants will be able to sample some of the brushes using handmade paint and ink provided by the Artist. Information and samples are free; kits for making brushes from recycled items will be available for $5-10.

Learn more about Roxanne’s unique approach to art and sustainability on Instagram under @sagoadornment or on Facebook under Sago Adornment.

 

3PM - 4PM King's English Presents: Sustainable Seuss

Photograph of Rob Eckman wearing a top hat and reading from a Dr. Seuss book

Join Rob Eckman for story time, including The Lorax and other Seussian classics. Rob Eckman is a read-aloud storyteller who has been reading books to kids (and their parents) for two decades. He is also the Marketing Director and The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City.

4PM - 5PM What is sustainability? Ask an expert!

Our panel will be discussing all the different kinds of sustainability that are vital to our planet and community. Join us to ask questions about how we can all be part of building a healthy future!

Meet our panelists:

Temis Taylor headshot on winter background

Temis G. Taylor, Ph.D., AmeriCorp Network Coordinator, Utah Conservation Corps; Co-Founder, Exact Communication; Instructor, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University
Temis Taylor is socio-environmental scientist and educator. Her aim is to help people have more productive conversations about science across the broad range of knowledge, experience, worldviews, and values that we all hold. Her research focuses on issues of sustainability, resilience, energy, and risk perceptions, particularly within the context of ecological thresholds and a carbon limited future.

Headshot style photograph of Bill Barron

Bill Barron, Regional Coordinator for the Mountain West area of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby
Bill is a father and carpenter by trade, a three time single-issue federal climate candidate in Utah, founded the 12th of 422 US Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Chapters in Salt Lake City in 2010, and has been the Mountain West Regional Coordinator for CCL since 2013.

SLC Green Logo
Ashley Bailey, Waste & Recycling Education Lead, SLC Green
Full bio coming soon! 

5PM - 5:30PM REANIMATOR Presents: Manipulate Your Reality with the Power of Sewing

In this 30 minute presentation, Enoch Cincotta of REANIMATOR will show how YOU can use the power of sewing as a tool to modify and repair our material world. We will engage in a basic introduction to the philosophy of sewing, how we can identify waste streams within our community, and how we can utilize garbage as our new unlimited resource. Bring a notebook, a good attitude, and questions!

REANIMATOR Bio:
We are a community based initiative, empowering self sufficiency through the power of sewing. We facilitate sewing clinics throughout Salt Lake, repairing clothing and outdoor gear, and develop comprehensive online tutorials for clothing modifications and bag fabrication. We also consult businesses to develop waste reduction processes – utilizing repair-based design, and Lean Manufacturing Methodology.

6PM - 7PM Fungal Focus Presents: Mushroom Cultivation Crash Course

elm oyster mushrooms in the palm of a hand
Join Katie Lawson of Fungal Focus and spend an hour covering the basics of DIY mushroom cultivation, put together oyster mushroom grow kits, and cover what we need to know to successfully grow mushrooms in our dry climate. Class size is limited, information is free, grow kits are $25. You can also find Fungal Focus at the festival all day on Sunday!
recyclops logo spelled out in text with a cute one eyed monster in place of the O

Sunday, August 14

Backyard Makers

Noon - 1PM Craft Lake City STEM Labs Presents: Circuitry for Everybody!

3D Printed robot with LED eyes with decorations

Make an adorable LED light up robot with Craft Lake City’s STEM Labs program. At this open house style workshop, we’ll teach you how to complete a circuit to make an adorable take-home robot. All ages welcome! Requires two tickets ($5).

1PM - 1:30PM Brainstorm Woodworking Presents: Metal Etching

etched metal cups with different patterns

In this class offered by Sergio Hernandez, you can learn to build your own electrolytic etching system! Each student will create their own portable etching set-up and create finished pieces to take home!

The class will go over how the electrolytic etching process works, choice of metal surfaces for etching, troubleshooting, and finishing tips for etched pieces.

No experience or materials required. Information is free, or buy a kit from Sergio for $25 to etch along!

1:30PM - 3PM Model Car Exhibition Presents: Model Building Skills Workshop

A picture of a model car with shark detailing
Join expert model car hobbyists and learn how to take model building to the next level!
“Make ‘n’ Take” a model car, learn about 3D modeling and 3D printing model parts, airbrushing, weathering, mold making and resin casting. Workshop includes handouts to build your modeling skills!

3PM - 3:30PM Brainstorm Woodworking Presents: Metal Etching

etched metal cups with different patterns

In this class offered by Sergio Hernandez, you can learn to build your own electrolytic etching system! Each student will create their own portable etching set-up and create finished pieces to take home!

The class will go over how the electrolytic etching process works, choice of metal surfaces for etching, troubleshooting, and finishing tips for etched pieces.

No experience or materials required. Information is free, or buy a kit from Sergio for $25 to etch along!

3:30PM - 4:30PM Craft Lake City STEM Labs Presents: Circuitry for Everybody!

3D Printed robot with LED eyes with decorations

Make an adorable LED light up robot with Craft Lake City’s STEM Labs program. At this open house style workshop, we’ll teach you how to complete a circuit to make an adorable take-home robot. All ages welcome! Requires two tickets ($5).