Utah’s best and brightest bring the brains at student technology conference

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KAYSVILLE, Utah – State leaders are pushing to get more students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

Based on the number and caliber of students who have turned out for this local competition, strides are being made to recruit more young minds.

All year, students from across the state prepare for the Utah Technology Association conference.

The annual event kicked off at Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville Tuesday.

Students are just setting up to prepare for the competitions in 50 different categories; everything from robotics, engineering, bridge building, dragster design and problem solving.

Organizers say it’s incredible what students bring to the competition.

“Every year the level of competition at our state conference gets higher and higher and the kids are bringing it, they’re bringing their A game, they really blow us away every year,” Utah TSA’s Rob Mecham said.

Wednesday high school students will step into the spotlight.

Over the course of the next two days, some 800 high school and middle school students from across the state will participate in the event.

About 150 of the winners from this competition earn a trip to nationals in Dallas, Texas, this June.