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The Yavapai County GIS, Flood Control and Health Departments will be participating in the Verde Valley SciTech Festival. Our specific event will be from 5-7PM on March 23rd in the Yavapai County BOS meeting room (10 S 6th St, Cottonwood).  “What in the World is GIS”  will be showcasing GIS (Geographic Information Systems) through sample web mapping applications and wall maps. “Flood Control is For You” will demonstrate the purpose and functionality of the District’s real-time flood threat recognition system. The Community Health Education Department will use multiple props to help explain the harm of unhealthy choices to students around the Verde Valley.  Check out the diseased lungs, fat vs. muscle and  “Mr Gross-Mouth”  displays! This is a free event.

For Immediate Release –  March 16, 2015

Terri Nelson, Yavapai County GIS, 928-649-6233

Guest Author: Ester Skiera, science writer, Arizona SciTech

Camp Verde is a town in Yapavai County, Arizona. The town has Camp Verde Unified School District, and they are enthusiastic when it comes to immersing students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). For that purpose, there’s Camp Verde SciTech, which is designed to expose students to the use of science and technology in various career fields.

But what distinguishes the event from others? “Our event is during the school day, so we take our students out of class and try to expose them to various exhibits that demonstrate the use of technology. This year, we will have third grade through high school participating,” says Darren Gagnon from Camp Verde Schools.

The event is open to the public, and it expects around 600 students, and 100 students from other local schools or homeschooled students. “We have event in the gym designed for third through sixth grade, and events on our football field for upper grades. We will have a 3D printer, taser demonstrations by our Marshal’s office, Out of Africa small animals, fiberoptics, astronomy display, and an aquarium by the AZ Game and Fish Department. On our football field, we will have demonstrations by our fire department of a technical rescue, a DPS helicopter, a Guardian Air medical transport helicopter, etc.,” Gagnon describes.

The event will be fun to watch. Any kid, or even adult for that matter, will love to see how a 3D printer works, or how awesome it is to watch taser demonstrations. “The most interesting part is having two helicopters land on our football field. That will be exciting,” says Gagnon. Of course, the main goal is to inspire students to purse the STEM educational/career fields, and to become excited about the possibilities current technology provides.

Gagnon expects the visitors will get a good idea of how necessary science and math are to their children’s education. He also says the event benefits from its association with the Arizona SciTech Festival. “The participation of the Arizona SciTech Festival will fit right in with our other exhibits to help inspire students to pursue STEM careers,” he states.

The Camp Verde SciTech Expo is now in its second year, and the event needs all the support from communities who care about the importance of STEM for school-age kids. “We would like to thank the many local businesses that have dedicated a lot of time and effort into giving back to their community,” Gagnon adds.

Let’s be part of the supporting system, by attending the event and getting involved with our kids’ interest in STEM. In the long run, kids who are into STEM during their school years are more likely to go into STEM through their higher education. And it’s no secret; STEM careers have a more than bright future!

Camp Verde SciTech Expo takes place on 26th of March 2015 at Camp Verde High School. 

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Guest Author: Ester Skiera, science writer, Arizona SciTech

Camp Verde is a town in Yapavai County, Arizona. The town has Camp Verde Unified School District, and they are enthusiastic when it comes to immersing students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). For that purpose, there’s Camp Verde SciTech, which is designed to expose students to the use of science and technology in various career fields.

But what distinguishes the event from others? “Our event is during the school day, so we take our students out of class and try to expose them to various exhibits that demonstrate the use of technology. This year, we will have third grade through high school participating,” says Darren Gagnon from Camp Verde Schools.

The event is open to the public, and it expects around 600 students, and 100 students from other local schools or homeschooled students. “We have event in the gym designed for third through sixth grade, and events on our football field for upper grades. We will have a 3D printer, taser demonstrations by our Marshal’s office, Out of Africa small animals, fiberoptics, astronomy display, and an aquarium by the AZ Game and Fish Department. On our football field, we will have demonstrations by our fire department of a technical rescue, a DPS helicopter, a Guardian Air medical transport helicopter, etc.,” Gagnon describes.

The event will be fun to watch. Any kid, or even adult for that matter, will love to see how a 3D printer works, or how awesome it is to watch taser demonstrations. “The most interesting part is having two helicopters land on our football field. That will be exciting,” says Gagnon. Of course, the main goal is to inspire students to purse the STEM educational/career fields, and to become excited about the possibilities current technology provides.

Gagnon expects the visitors will get a good idea of how necessary science and math are to their children’s education. He also says the event benefits from its association with the Arizona SciTech Festival. “The participation of the Arizona SciTech Festival will fit right in with our other exhibits to help inspire students to pursue STEM careers,” he states.

The Camp Verde SciTech Expo is now in its second year, and the event needs all the support from communities who care about the importance of STEM for school-age kids. “We would like to thank the many local businesses that have dedicated a lot of time and effort into giving back to their community,” Gagnon adds.

Let’s be part of the supporting system, by attending the event and getting involved with our kids’ interest in STEM. In the long run, kids who are into STEM during their school years are more likely to go into STEM through their higher education. And it’s no secret; STEM careers have a more than bright future!

Camp Verde SciTech Expo takes place on 26th of March 2015 at Camp Verde High School. 

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Guest Author: Ester Skiera, science writer, Arizona SciTech

Would you like to take a trip back in time? Do you fancy activities like exploring the past through hands-on activities and presentations? If that’s your interest, you should come to Verde Valley Archaeology Fair. “The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair provides the public with the opportunity to learn about the methods and procedures of the science of Archaeology, and to learn about the prehistoric cultures that have made the Verde Valley their home for over 12,000 years,” says Ken Zoll, executive director of Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

Zoll says the event allows school-age kids to learn about archaeology and perhaps will inspire them to further their interest in this field. “It also helps to instill the importance of conservation and preservation,” he adds.

The event is held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month on the last weekend in March. It is the fourth annual Archaeology Fair, and it’s been recognized among the  “Signature Events” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. “The event also includes our Fifth Annual Invitational American Indian Art Show, featuring over 30 Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and New Mexico pueblo artists,” Zoll explains.

There is a lot to do at Verde Valley Archaeology Fair. The Fair offers free lectures on a variety of Archaeology-related themes. In addition, the Fair includes an International Archaeology Film Festival.  “This year we are featuring two Arizona first-run films,” Zoll says. Agave is Life is a film that unveils the 10,000 year-old of mankind’s relationship with the agave plant, narrated by Edward James Olmos. The other one is the documentary feature film, Dance of the Maize God. It enters the world of the Mayan vases to explore the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya.

So, don’t miss out. Come to this free event, and learn about the past in entertaining ways. “Each year over 3,000 visitors take away with them a better understanding of archaeology and of the area’s prehistoric cultures,” Zoll states. And if you feel like buying Indian arts, there’s also the Annual Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajoland, Zuni, and several New Mexico Pueblo Communities. Visitors can see artists demonstrate their medium as well as buying their work available for sale.

The Fair is coinciding with a new exhibit at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center — the Return of the Camp Verde Meteorite.  This 135-pound meteorite was discovered in a prehistoric Native American ruin in 1915 wrapped in a turkey feather blanket, signifying a sacred purpose.  The meteorite was displayed in the former Sedona Meteorite Museum until 1960 when it was sold to ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies.  The meteorite will be on loan from ASU for a six-month exhibit beginning on March 1.  Visitors to the Fair can tour this exhibit and hear a lecture about its origin and return.

Lectures, hands-on activities, films, Indian Art Show, and now Meteorite? I’d say you better mark your calendars and go to the event. It’s not everyday you can have all this fun and learn about Arizona in the past. And the meteorite?  Well, that sounds too good to pass up!

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair takes place on the 28th to 29th of March 2015 at the Camp Verde Community Center and Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

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Guest Author: Ester Skiera, science writer, Arizona SciTech

Calling all Verde Valley residents and students and all those interested in taking a day trip. The Verde Valley SciTech is here! Bring yourself, your friends, and family! Why so excited, you might wonder? Because the Verde Valley festival includes many varied and exciting activities, demonstrations and exhibits. They all take place throughout the Verde Valley at various locations. “Kids and attendees of all ages will be amazed and transfixed by all the different activities and demonstrations that involve one or more aspects of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math),” says Alexandra Helm, Office of Instruction and Student Services of Yapavai College.

Of course, who wouldn’t be amazed by rides in a helicopter simulator? Or would not enjoy pottery glazing? Want something more thrilling? How about firing demonstrations? Adults would definitely appreciate tours of the new state-of-the-art winery. The Verde Art Gallery also presents local artists.

The Festival is an extension of the statewide Arizona SciTech. Having the Arizona SciTech Festival as the foundation for STEAM events helps promote local communities’ festivals and creates a synergy of STEAM energy. The Festival itself is a showcase of student projects and business and industries whose products and services include STEAM education and skills. “This event showcases the exciting things happening in and around STEAM in the Verde Valley; and it will expand the horizons of the participants by helping them understand how these concepts pertain to their everyday lives,” Helm explains.

Exposing children, teens, and their parents to all things STEAM seems the best way to encourage our kids to choose a career in one of these areas. That’s why it’s always good to go to as many SciTech festivals as we can. The Verde Valley SciTech Festival can take part in inspiring your kids to pursue their dreams in a STEAM field.

“The entire festival is very exciting because there is so much happening during the week throughout the Verde Valley to promote STEAM. It has been a wonderful collaboration between businesses, municipalities and organizations pulling together to roll-out the red carpet when it comes to STEAM. From a GPS caching scavenger hunt to a ride in the helicopter simulator, there are many exciting activities happening throughout the week,” Helm describes.

In its second year, the festival also features a passport program, whereby attendees can win prizes. A passport can be picked up at any one of the events during the week. Once six punches are earned the passport is entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes. The drawing takes place during the signature Verde Valley SciTech Expo on Friday evening.

Visitors of all ages are welcome at this free event, so take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Learn, think, and of course, have fun. “By taking in as many of the events as possible, we hope all of the attendees to the Verde Valley SciTech Festival will gain an appreciation of STEAM and how it affects our everyday lives. We expect many of those attending to be inspired by all STEAM possibilities the Verde Valley has to offer,” Helm says.

The Verde Valley SciTech Expo takes places on 27th of March, 2015 at The Yapavai College-Verde Valley campus. It is part of a week-long Verde Valley SciTech Festival (March 22-28).

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Guest Author: Ester Skiera, science writer, Arizona SciTech

Calling all Verde Valley residents and students and all those interested in taking a day trip. The Verde Valley SciTech is here! Bring yourself, your friends, and family! Why so excited, you might wonder? Because the Verde Valley festival includes many varied and exciting activities, demonstrations and exhibits. They all take place throughout the Verde Valley at various locations. “Kids and attendees of all ages will be amazed and transfixed by all the different activities and demonstrations that involve one or more aspects of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math),” says Alexandra Helm, Office of Instruction and Student Services of Yapavai College.

Of course, who wouldn’t be amazed by rides in a helicopter simulator? Or would not enjoy pottery glazing? Want something more thrilling? How about firing demonstrations? Adults would definitely appreciate tours of the new state-of-the-art winery. The Verde Art Gallery also presents local artists.

The Festival is an extension of the statewide Arizona SciTech. Having the Arizona SciTech Festival as the foundation for STEAM events helps promote local communities’ festivals and creates a synergy of STEAM energy. The Festival itself is a showcase of student projects and business and industries whose products and services include STEAM education and skills. “This event showcases the exciting things happening in and around STEAM in the Verde Valley; and it will expand the horizons of the participants by helping them understand how these concepts pertain to their everyday lives,” Helm explains.

Exposing children, teens, and their parents to all things STEAM seems the best way to encourage our kids to choose a career in one of these areas. That’s why it’s always good to go to as many SciTech festivals as we can. The Verde Valley SciTech Festival can take part in inspiring your kids to pursue their dreams in a STEAM field.

“The entire festival is very exciting because there is so much happening during the week throughout the Verde Valley to promote STEAM. It has been a wonderful collaboration between businesses, municipalities and organizations pulling together to roll-out the red carpet when it comes to STEAM. From a GPS caching scavenger hunt to a ride in the helicopter simulator, there are many exciting activities happening throughout the week,” Helm describes.

In its second year, the festival also features a passport program, whereby attendees can win prizes. A passport can be picked up at any one of the events during the week. Once six punches are earned the passport is entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes. The drawing takes place during the signature Verde Valley SciTech Expo on Friday evening.

Visitors of all ages are welcome at this free event, so take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Learn, think, and of course, have fun. “By taking in as many of the events as possible, we hope all of the attendees to the Verde Valley SciTech Festival will gain an appreciation of STEAM and how it affects our everyday lives. We expect many of those attending to be inspired by all STEAM possibilities the Verde Valley has to offer,” Helm says.

The Verde Valley SciTech Expo takes places on 27th of March, 2015 at The Yapavai College-Verde Valley campus. It is part of a week-long Verde Valley SciTech Festival (March 22-28).

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Johnathan-Keats

Author:  Juno Schaser, ASU Art Museum

The City of Tempe has been selected to represent the evolution of world civilization over the next thousand years.

On March 6, the ASU Art Museum will install a camera designed by experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats to take a millennium-long photograph of the evolving Tempe skyline. The museum will unveil the photograph in a month-long exhibition scheduled for spring 3015.

“The first people to see this picture will be children who haven’t yet been conceived,” says Keats. “They’re impacted by every choice we make, but they’re powerless. If they can’t influence our decisions, at least they can bear witness.”

To document the next thousand years of Tempe civilization, Keats has conceived a new approach to photography based on the traditional pinhole camera.

“My photographic time capsule is extremely simple, since anything complicated is liable to break,” Keats states.

The solid metal camera uses oil paint in place of ordinary film. Pierced through a plate of 24-karat gold, a minuscule pinhole focuses light on the colored pigment, such that the color fades most where the light is brightest, very slowly creating a unique positive image of the scene in front of the camera.

“The photograph not only shows the skyline, but also records how it develops over time,” Keats explains. “For instance, old houses torn down after a couple centuries will show up only faintly, as if they were ghosts haunting the skyscrapers that replace them.”

Learn more.

Photo caption: Jonathon Keats will take a millennium-long photograph of the evolving Tempe skylinewith a camera installed at ASU Art Museum.
Image courtesy of the artist; photo by Jen Dessinger.

Cottonwood Public Library will participate in the Verde Valley SciTech Festival between March 24 and March 27.

March 24 at 10am features  Tiny Tot Time that includes Kaleidoscope Gears for little ones.

Kids ages 10-14 may join in on March 25, for Crafty Clan where Steampunk Treasure boxes will be made! Pre School Story Time, March 26, at 10:00am includes stories about science or technology as well as time to explore the Kaleidoscope Gears. At 3:30pm on Thursday a movie will be shown about a wondrous parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North.

Friday, March 27, is jam-packed with activities for the finale from 2:00-5:00pm.  From 2pm-4pm, Chris Guerra, Project Specialist from the State Library will be demonstrating his 3-D printer. Demonstrations of the Library Snap Circuits and other STEAM kits will be ongoing in the STEAM corner in Youth Services.  From 3:30-4:30pm, YS Staff will be demonstrating the Library’s new Sphero 2.0 and our Cubelets!

An Animation Workshop and a Lego Robotics Workshop from 4:00-5:00pm will also be happening in the Teen Hideaway area. Lastly from 4:30-5:00pm demonstrations of the new Ozobots will take place! All activities take place in Youth Services at the Cottonwood Public Library. For more information, call Youth Services staff at 928-340-2788, or visit the library website, www.ctwpl.info

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Cottonwood Public Library will participate in the Verde Valley SciTech Festival between March 24 and March 27.

March 24 at 10am features  Tiny Tot Time that includes Kaleidoscope Gears for little ones.

Kids ages 10-14 may join in on March 25, for Crafty Clan where Steampunk Treasure boxes will be made! Pre School Story Time, March 26, at 10:00am includes stories about science or technology as well as time to explore the Kaleidoscope Gears. At 3:30pm on Thursday a movie will be shown about a wondrous parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North.

Friday, March 27, is jam-packed with activities for the finale from 2:00-5:00pm.  From 2pm-4pm, Chris Guerra, Project Specialist from the State Library will be demonstrating his 3-D printer. Demonstrations of the Library Snap Circuits and other STEAM kits will be ongoing in the STEAM corner in Youth Services.  From 3:30-4:30pm, YS Staff will be demonstrating the Library’s new Sphero 2.0 and our Cubelets!

An Animation Workshop and a Lego Robotics Workshop from 4:00-5:00pm will also be happening in the Teen Hideaway area. Lastly from 4:30-5:00pm demonstrations of the new Ozobots will take place! All activities take place in Youth Services at the Cottonwood Public Library. For more information, call Youth Services staff at 928-340-2788, or visit the library website, www.ctwpl.info

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1Hackster Hardware Weekend

The Hackster Hardware Weekend traveling show is coming to the Phoenix area next Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, in their hackable DeLorean DMC12.

Microchip will be there too, delivering the keynote speech. Food, tools, soldering stations and hardware kits will be provided for your team to hack with. You just need to bring your creativity and enthusiasm. Learn more about the Hackster Hardware Weekend here: http://mchp.us/1O6pHbe. Sign up for the Phoenix event here and save $5 off the admission price with discount code MicrochipVIP: http://mchp.us/1FALiVI

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