Wasatch Academy is excited to introduce a new world-class building to the ever-growing campus. With the generous support from John W. Lee, an alumnus of the Class of 1958, and his wife Elizabeth Lee, Wasatch Academy has entered a new era in STEAM education. The John W. & Elizabeth Lee Engineering Arts Building offers a massive creative space for the school’s inventive and analytical young minds.
John W. Lee’s interest in engineering began in the 1950s when he was a student at Wasatch Academy. It was under the direction of teachers like Paul Olmstead that Lee gained an interest in creating and designing that lead him to a successful career in engineering. Now, a new generation of Wasatch Academy students is able to be inspired to enter the field of engineering.
Today, Dr. Zeb Engberg leads the department as his team works to create a new and exciting curriculum at Wasatch Academy. A curriculum that is expected to rival university-level academics. The program is anchored by dynamic classes such as robotics, industrial fabrication, and rocketry. Current students are already utilizing the new space as they create robots for national competitions, a new stage for the school’s rock group Analog Crush, and competition rockets. Dr. Engberg and his team are working diligently to create a new curriculum that encourages students to explore, build, create, and innovate beyond the classroom.
The current courses are supported by state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, heavy workshop machinery, and laser cutters. If the students can conceptualize it, they can build it in the new facility. Everyone on campus is anticipating what clever projects the teachers and students will create as they hone their craft with the new tools and equipment this building provides.
Beyond a beautiful and inspiring building, the John W. and Elizabeth Lee Engineering Arts Building directly reflects Wasatch Academy’s values about the preservation of the environment. Natural ventilation and light are key features of the space and continue the school’s goal of reducing the ecological footprint. The building was officially dedicated by the Free and Accepted Masons of Utah on Saturday, September 21, 2019, with the entire student body, faculty and staff, board members, local community leaders, and alumni in attendance.