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Engineering Camp Leads Students to Explore New Ideas

Engineering Camp Leads Students to Explore New Ideas

07/18/2019

Engineering Camp brings high school students and their teachers together to explore engineering topics with professors, graduate and undergraduate students at Utah State University.

Transition Camp: To High School and Beyond

Transition Camp: To High School and Beyond

07/17/2019

Now in its fifth year, 153 students, 30 mentors, and 20 chaperones made 2019 Transition Camp a success. We talked with Ephraim Middle School teacher Becca Proper to see what she thought of the camp, as a first-time chaperone.

USU Hosts Students for Middle-to-High School Transition Camp

USU Hosts Students for Middle-to-High School Transition Camp

07/08/2019

USU STARS! Transition Camp 2019 was featured in local news media. The article highlights events, programs, and sponsors of the camp and talks with students, getting their thoughts on what they liked best at camp.

Fostering STEM and Leadership Skills in GEAR UP Summer Camps

Fostering STEM and Leadership Skills in GEAR UP Summer Camps

07/01/2019

The USU STARS! GEAR UP program provides students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) readiness experiences, and partnered with FOCUS Training to cultivate leadership and team building skills at Engineering Camp and Game Changer Camp thi...

Graduation Rates Up and More Students Going to College in GEAR UP Schools

Graduation Rates Up and More Students Going to College in GEAR UP Schools

05/24/2019

As the first STARS! GEAR UP grant comes to an end, students are 3 times more likely to go to and complete their first year of college, and many of these students have taken advanced science and math courses while in high school to prepare them for college...

'Driven To Succeed' Radio Series Features GEAR UP Students

'Driven To Succeed' Radio Series Features GEAR UP Students

04/23/2019

Listen to our 7th-year STARS! GEAR UP students talk about their college experiences and future goals as they design and build a Greenpower single-seat electric car with the help of mentors from USU’s Sustainable Electrified Transportation Center in this U...

Homelessness Closer to Home: Nurturing Student Success

Homelessness Closer to Home: Nurturing Student Success

04/22/2019

Schools today face a variety of challenges that hold their students back, such as access to food and shelter. This story tells about the experiences of one student in the STARS! GEAR UP program and the support that may help this student succeed.

2019 Greenpower Electric Car Challenge

2019 Greenpower Electric Car Challenge

04/17/2019

Read all the news and media about this year’s event, our largest ever, that grew to include 24 teams of Goblin and F24 cars, showcasing the work of 18 schools in Utah, and one in Nevada.

Granite Schools Have GEAR’ed UP to Help Students

Granite Schools Have GEAR’ed UP to Help Students

04/15/2019

Matheson, Kennedy, and Hunter are a few of the eight junior high schools in the Granite School District to have joined the program this past fall and are now offering student access to peer mentoring, new programs, and tours of Utah colleges.

Motivating Students Through More Activities

Motivating Students Through More Activities

03/21/2019

Helping a student become motivated about their education is one of the most rewarding experiences for educators. Often, this is achieved through non-traditional activities in and out of the classroom. Here are several stories of how our USU STARS! site co...

Bridging the Gap: Mentors Connect HS to College

Bridging the Gap: Mentors Connect HS to College

03/15/2019

USU STARS! GEAR UP is dedicated to helping students make a successful transition from high school to college. Learn about a new USU STARS! GEAR UP position aimed at helping students overcome the challenges associated with bridging the gap between high sch...

Workshop Inspires Science Teachers to Do and Learn

Workshop Inspires Science Teachers to Do and Learn

03/08/2019

In early February science teachers from across Utah attended a workshop sponsored by USU STARS! GEAR UP to learn new activities that they can take back to their classrooms and share with their students.

Partners in Education: Granite goes to JA City

Partners in Education: Granite goes to JA City

02/21/2019

Granite Park Junior High School's site coordinator shares a story of how his students were able to apply skills they learned through AVID while attending Junior Achievement City at the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum.

Site Coordinators Share Success Stories in Their Schools

Site Coordinators Share Success Stories in Their Schools

01/25/2019

It is clear from the feedback that we have received from our site coordinators since the start of the school year that everyone has been busy. This article highlights success stories our site coordinators are sharing from some of the schools we serve.

Registration Open for Summer Camps!

Registration Open for Summer Camps!

01/22/2019

Utah State University STARS! GEAR UP will host five camps on the Logan campus this summer. Registration is now open to students and we recommend applying as soon as possible!

Logan High Adds LatinX Outreach Programs

Logan High Adds LatinX Outreach Programs

01/11/2019

Parent-liaisons with USU STARS! GEAR UP at Logan High School are reaching out to the LatinX community and Spanish-speaking parents with two new community programs.

Greenpower Car Challenge Resources: GEAR UP University

Greenpower Car Challenge Resources: GEAR UP University

12/19/2018

Many of you may be familiar with John Devitry. He is the creator of the GEAR UP University, a resource for students and teachers on Siemens Solid Edge Training...

Student Spotlight – Misael Nava, First Year College Student at USU

Student Spotlight – Misael Nava, First Year College Student at USU

12/13/2018

While many students don’t start thinking about college until their final year of high school, former APA student Misael Nava started preparing in 8th grade.

College Readiness at Wendover High School

College Readiness at Wendover High School

11/19/2018

The USU STARS! GEAR UP program at Wendover High School is changing lives in big and small ways. Site Coordinator Alan Rowley shared some successes and stories. Last spring, 13 of 24 GEAR UP students enrolled in colleges and universities.

Area Teachers Attend TI Workshop

Area Teachers Attend TI Workshop

11/05/2018

Teachers from USU STARS! GEAR UP partner schools recently participated in a one-day Texas Instruments professional development workshop. TI partners with GEAR UP programs across the country to give teachers training in math, science, and STEM-technology u...

LHS Student Wins National Science Competition

LHS Student Wins National Science Competition

10/12/2018

USU STARS! GEAR UP student Gary Zhan was featured in the news recently for advancing to a national science competition.

USU STARS! Receives $16.9M GEAR UP Grant To Increase College Enrollments

USU STARS! Receives $16.9M GEAR UP Grant To Increase College Enrollments

10/10/2018

Utah State University STARS! has been awarded $16.9 million over seven years to help middle and high school students in Salt Lake County prepare to enter and succeed in college.

Greenpower Challenge Advances STEM Education in Utah

Greenpower Challenge Advances STEM Education in Utah

10/08/2018

Building on the success of the Greenpower Electric Car Challenge in spring 2018, the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, with has partnered with Utah State University’s STARS! GEAR UP program to provide three Greenpower Electric Car kits to qual...

USU STARS! Ute Tribe Students Visit USU Campus

USU STARS! Ute Tribe Students Visit USU Campus

09/30/2018

GEAR UP Site Coordinator Kameron Murray came to Utah State University with 12 of our Uintah River High School students and some former students who attended other high schools after leaving Eagle View Elementary School.

Summer 2018 Newsletter: Space Quest

Summer 2018 Newsletter: Space Quest

09/28/2018

Space Quest, a one-week STEM-focused workshop, was the newest camp launched this summer. USU STARS! GEAR UP partnered with Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) to bring 24 students entering 10th grade to USU. With the help of Sara Richardson, Systems Engineer ...

The 2018 Summer Newsletter is Available Now

The 2018 Summer Newsletter is Available Now

09/28/2018

Here at USU STARS! GEAR UP, we look for any opportunity to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education. One of the ways we do this is by hosting on-campus experiences for our students. Summer camps are one of the ways that we promote positive pre-co...

Summer 2018 Newsletter: Engineering Camp

Summer 2018 Newsletter: Engineering Camp

09/28/2018

This year, USU STARS! GEAR UP teamed up with environment engineering faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students for the third straight year to put on an education-filled week for camp-goers. In addition to experiencing campus life, Engineering Camp off...

Summer 2018 Newsletter: Smart-Girl

Summer 2018 Newsletter: Smart-Girl

09/28/2018

USU STARS! GEAR UP partnered with the Center for Women and Gender at Utah State University to offer a Smart-Girl Summer Camp for 27 students entering 8th and 9th grade. These Mt. Logan Middle School students met on the USU Logan campus from June 25-27 to ...

Summer 2018 Newsletter: Transition Camp

Summer 2018 Newsletter: Transition Camp

09/28/2018

This past June, 183 Utah students came from as far away as Gunnison and Ephraim to attend the USU STARS! GEAR UP Transition Camp. The camp, formally known as Big Blue Journey, targets students entering the ninth grade, and has two purposes, to inspire pos...

ACT Test Preparation

ACT Test Preparation

09/19/2018

The ACT is one of the most recognized college admissions tests available today. There are testing locations in the US & abroad. One of the most important reasons to take the test is that it can help you get into the college of your choice.

Snowboarding Pioneer to Speak at USU Sept. 25

Snowboarding Pioneer to Speak at USU Sept. 25

09/04/2018

USU STARS! will celebrate National GEAR UP Week 2018 by bringing motivational speaker and pioneering snowboard mountaineer, Stephen Koch, to Logan for two days to speak with local GEAR UP students at Logan High School and at Utah State University.

Utah Youth Environmental Summit

Utah Youth Environmental Summit

08/28/2018

Learn details about, and see how you can get involved with this year's Utah Youth Environmental Summit.

After the FAFSA

After the FAFSA

05/25/2018

NCCEP has put together a fantastic webinar designed specifically for parents and educators in order to help them sort through the many documents that come along with college, financial aid, and future plans for students.

Video: Utah Greenpower Electric Car Challenge 2018

Video: Utah Greenpower Electric Car Challenge 2018

04/10/2018

Take a look at how this year's Greenpower exhibition went for our GEAR UP students!

KHS helps students GEAR UP

KHS helps students GEAR UP

04/07/2018

Faculty members from the Kinesiology and Health Science Department at USU recently hosted a group of high school students from Wendover, Nevada. “It is a lot of fun to have them visit us here,” said Dennis Dolny, the KHS department head. “Our professors e...

Ask an Engineer

Ask an Engineer

04/06/2018

Read our interview Dr. Wade Goodridge, an engineering professor at Utah State University who teaches statics, the first mechanics course required by many engineering students. Dr. Goodridge, who has two engineering Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as ...

Paying for College is Possible

Paying for College is Possible

03/09/2018

Watch this video of Llely Duarte talking about how she paid for college. As a local Salt Lake City student, she found ways to take college classes in high school, apply for scholarships, and even fund half of her education by working with a professor on c...

Five Tips to Help You Learn to Love Learning

Five Tips to Help You Learn to Love Learning

02/14/2018

Learning in school is more than memorizing dates, formulas, and equations. Learning is essential to cognitive development, improving skill sets, and developing new skill sets that will benefit college and career paths. Learning can cultivate a sense of pr...

Guidebook for Parents of the College Bound

Guidebook for Parents of the College Bound

01/30/2018

Affordable Colleges Online created a guide to help ease the transition process by addressing the common first-year challenges for parents and their children. The guide helps parents prepare for the high-school to college transition; explores the financial...

Five Tips to Help You Succeed in School

Five Tips to Help You Succeed in School

01/22/2018

Success in school is more than just good grades. A good measure of success is how well you are understanding and applying what you learn. Whether you are still in high school or soon entering college, USU STARS! GEAR UP wants to ensure the success of ever...

Five Tips for Making the Most of Your Reading

Five Tips for Making the Most of Your Reading

01/12/2018

Reading is an essential skill. Developing critical reading habits and skills will help you in school, the workplace, and life in general. We have collected some basic tips and habits that you can begin implementing to enhance your reading experiences.

2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

12/21/2017

View videos of the many USU STARS! GEAR UP successes in this collection. In addition to summer camps, other events such as the Greenpower and the NASA Downlink where students participated in the once in a lifetime opportunity of conversing directly to ast...

Expansion of USU STARS! GEAR UP

Expansion of USU STARS! GEAR UP

10/02/2017

The USU STARS! GEAR UP Program has received great news! Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year we have been awarded an additional grant. This is the beginning of the third cohort for USU STARS! and will allow us to continue to help students grow by prep...

Pursuing Engineering

Pursuing Engineering

01/03/2017

In the world of engineering there are many paths one could take. You could explore civil engineering and what it takes to maintain society's infrastructure. You could learn how to build better computers and software, helping to shape the future of technol...

GEAR UP Parent Summit 2016

GEAR UP Parent Summit 2016

12/16/2016

Last month we had the privilege of hosting a fantastic group of our GEAR UP parents at the Utah State University campus. The GEAR UP program is focused on improving the futures of our students by helping to enhance their education and prepare them for col...

Logan High Tracks Monarch Butterflies

Logan High Tracks Monarch Butterflies

10/05/2016

This fall USU STARS! GEAR UP students at Logan High School (LHS) have been learning all about the life cycle, habitat and migration of butterflies as their classroom has become a monarch habitat. Shaunda Wenger, a biology teacher at LHS

2016 Youth Leadership Summit

2016 Youth Leadership Summit

08/31/2016

This year USU STARS! GEAR UP had several students who were able to attend Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) in Washington DC. These students received leadership training in a number of areas and are now better equipped to become community leaders

GEAR UP Engineering Camp 2016

GEAR UP Engineering Camp 2016

07/28/2016

USU STARS! GEAR UP hosted two Engineering Camps for their 8th grade students over the past two weeks. While attending, students stayed on the Utah State University campus. They were fully immersed in a college life environment to help prepare them for the...

USU STARS! in the News

GEAR UP USU STARS! is in the news! See how our students are making an impact in our schools all around the state of Utah.

USU STARS! Media Contact

Information for contacting the USU STARS! media and public relations representatives.