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Our mission is to provide and promote hands-on science, astronomy, and technology experiences to children, their parents and educators in Northern Utah, and throughout the Intermountain West.

Interest in science is best ignited during the elementary school years. We are a continuation of USU’s Junior Engineering Program and will continue to use this model to spark that early interest in science.

NEWS: We have a new StarLab! If you would like us to bring it to your school or community group, please contact Laura Lind.


  • Begin delivering Junior Science and Astronomy to schools throughout the Intermountain West as soon as possible, and expand into larger markets as conditions permit. *In Progress* Please contact Laura Swift Lind for more information or to schedule a visit to your school.
  • Develop and begin delivering Teacher workshop on how to teach hands on science (discovery learning), both credit and non-credit versions.
  • Develop and maintain a website where parents can obtain information on our program as well as find resources for getting children interested in science. You are here!
  • Maintain and update existing modules from Junior Engineering and create new modules concerning astronomy and in keeping abreast of developing technologies giving schools a greater selection of modules from year to year. See JSA
  • Develop materials for families and other age groups (such as middle schools and high schools) to aid these groups in developing a love for learning about science, technology, and astronomy.
  • Establish a permanent Planetarium and Discovery center in Cache valley.
  • Establish a funding line for all of the goals listed here.

Who Do We Impact:

Junior Science and Astronomy will continue using the model used by Junior Engineering in providing day long science and astronomy activities for students in the elementary schools and providing continuing education programs for teachers at that level.

Each year we hope to continue to reach:

    100,000 children and
    750 teachers in
    200 elementary schools.

Teachers say:

"An eye opener to science and how much fun it can be."

"Students were excited, motivated and engaged in the activities."

Students say:

"This is the best day ever!"

"Do we have to go to recess?"

Concept sketches for a potential building.