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STEM Scholars Saturday This Weekend at UW

January 23, 2019
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UW Professor Chip Kobulnicky, middle, is one of the organizers of STEM Scholars Saturday this weekend. (UW Photo)

A group of 100 Wyoming youth will descend on the University of Wyoming campus for STEM Scholars Saturday this weekend.

The event is for children interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and is hosted by Science Kitchen, a collaboration between the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.

STEM Scholars Saturday, funded in part by an “inreach” grant from the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office, invites students who have previously participated in UW STEM activities back to campus, but also is open to any K-12 students in the state. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, students will get to participate in three hands-on workshops led by UW faculty, staff and students.

A free pizza lunch will follow, with the option to attend the UW Cowgirls basketball game against Boise State at 2 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. Students participating can enter for free, and a discounted admission price will be offered for family members.

“We want these students to see college as part of their future; we hope they see UW as part of their future,” astronomy Professor Chip Kobulnicky says. “We want them to be able to carry the excitement in STEM that they experienced over the summer into the school year. We want to inspire them to take as many science and engineering and math classes as they can take in their schools.”

Kobulnicky hopes to make STEM Scholars Saturday a yearly event and continue to bring Wyoming students back to show them what the university has to offer in its various fields. For more information, visit

Student participants, listed by hometown, are:

Bar Nunn -- Bowdy St. Clair.

Casper -- Addie Finkle, Jakson Finkle and Gavin Poole.

Cheyenne -- Elyse Adams-Case, Malea Adams-Case, Erin Brennecke, Caleb Brewer, Denali Bronder, Ty Bronder, Mark Constantino, Colt Giller, Alexander Hatch, Aedric Hickerson, Quin Hickerson, Jesse Hughes, Kaitlynne Hughes, Wyatt Hughes, Addison Johnson, Ava Johnson, Henry McQuire, Reuben McGuire, Jamie Mildenberger, Logan Neville, Kobi Shenefelt, Matthew Styvar, Savannah Van Houten and MaKenna White.

Douglas -- Jillian Ewing, Olivia Ewing, Wyatt Ewing and Cayden Wyatt.

Guernsey -- Brody Sterner, Brooke Sterner and Taylor Sterner.

Laramie -- Abi Anderson, Ayla Anderson, Aedan Bingham, Declan Bingham, Maiya Brown, Gideon Buchanan, Adelaide Chai, Evelyn Chai, Everett Chai, Hadley Cortney, Madison Cortney, Allison Cranney, Barrett Cranney, Tessa Dodd, Micah Dreiling, Daniel Duff, Isabel Duff, Ava Faus, Carson Faus, Wilson Faus, Jonathan Ginting, Anushka Gupta Geisler, Aryaan Gupta Geisler, Sam Huntington, Sophia Huntington, Lexi Hurt, Aditya Jain, Brigitte Kilty, Piers Kilty, Connor Kimzey, Taylor Kimzey, Alice Larson, Claire Larson, Rosalie Larson, Sawyer Layson, Carmen Leon, Xander McCaskill, Owen McLaughlin, Theodore Morger, Gabriel Myers, Owen Newbold, Adelyn Ommen, Alma Ommen, Lily Ommen, Reagan Riggs, Jack Robertson, Ripp Sandberg, Kaleb Strain, Wyatt Strain, Jaxon Uitterdyk, Ava Wallhead, Chloe Wallhead, Mia Wallhead, Cara Elise Williams and Cadence Williford.

Rawlins -- Hunter Ridgeway and Jordan Ridgeway.

Rock Springs -- Gabe Clark, Kylan Clark, Ty Clark and Wesley Clark.

Torrington -- Griffin Wolfe.

Wheatland -- William Knowlton.

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