Engaging young people and adults in biotechnology and energy

The Leonardo's STEMworks: Biotechnology program was a collection of interactive, job-related biotech exhibits that traveled the greater Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The program traveled 2008 through 2010 and is now dormant. To stay updated about The Leonardo's outreach plans to high school students and young adults, please sign up for our educator newsletter.

The program drew its name from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — disciplines critical to Utah's economic growth.

STEMworks featured mini-lab experiences based on biological principles used every day in real, local jobs. The program also connected visitors to job training programs at area high schools, colleges and the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

Biotechnology is the use of biological processes, organisms, or systems to improve quality of life and the planet. Some examples of biotechnology include getting organisms to produce new medicines or using stem cells to regenerate damaged body tissues.

Faces of Biotechnology

Faces of Biotechnology is a series of resources from STEMworks that is still available to the public for free even though the outreach portion of STEMworks is no longer active. Interview videos and informational banners put faces to careers in this growing branch of science.

Biotechnology Resource Coordinator, State of Utah
Banner: Kasey Schuster

Quality Engineer, Idaho Technology, Inc.
Banner: Paul Murphy

Biomanufacturing Forumulation Team Lead, Idaho Technology, Inc.
Banner: Michael Burdick

High School Biotechnology Student, West High School
Banner: Sabrina Aderibigbe

University Biotechnology Student, University of Utah
Banner: Jamie Rankin

Formulation and Documentation Technician II and Formulation Chemist, Nu Skin
Banner: Jeanne Baker
Banner: Aaron Peterson

Lead Manufacturing Technician and Electromechanical Technician, World Heart Corp.
Banner: Christine Roberts
Banner: Lumyai Chiv

Education Director, Hawkwatch International
Banner: Jan Hajj

Bioenergy Agronomist and CEO, Utah State University and Blue Cow, Inc.
Banner: Dallas Hanks

Manufacturing Supervisor, USANA Health Sciences
Banner: Aldo Martinez

Lab Technician and Lab Assistant, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Banner: Michelle Done
Banner: Nykole Sargent

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University
Banner: Bryan Kluever