Arizona SciTech Blog
This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.
Founded by Stanford and MIT graduates, STEM Revolution sets the bar when it comes to building interest and skills for young engineers.
We believe that all students deserve engaging, relevant and fun STEM opportunities. Through our After-school workshops, summer camps, and 60-foot long STEM Bus Mobile Lab, students learn robotics, electrical, design, and coding skills while working with cutting-edge technology like Virtual Reality, Drones, Arduinos and Minecraft. We also offer summer employment to local teachers, and internships to local college students! www.stemrevolution.com
The Spirit of Science brings scientists to life as actors to demonstrate to elementary and middle school children the important contributions each has made to the field of science.
Envision a “living wax museum” of just scientists. What they are looking for are individuals who will dress as a historical scientist and play this part for about an hour at an elementary school in Chandler. They will provide a costume and some information on the scientist. The participants will only spend 5 minutes with each group of children, so it’s not an in-depth exercise. They basically want to show kids that scientists have all different backgrounds and want to provide a snapshot of the life of that scientist and their contributions.
The kids are going to LOVE this and you will absolutely have an impact on shaping their world view. At this school in the Spring, one of the little girls (actually in this cohort of students we are presenting to) asked a visiting scientist if she was the, “first girl scientist ever”. Imagine the look on these kids’ faces when they see women in costume from 200 years ago explaining their fascination with science and their discoveries!
Their tentative date is Wednesday, Oct. 18th (either from 9:30ish-10:30am or 1:30-2:30pm). If that particular date doesn’t work and you are interested, please let me know as we will have future presentations of this program. We currently have hispanic (male), African American (female), and white (female and male) roles to fill. It would be appropriate for any scientist- undergrads, lab techs, tenured faculty members etc. to fill these roles.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
October is Manufacturers’ Month!
For the fifth consecutive year, Arizona will celebrate the incredible diversity and depth of manufacturing statewide during October. RevAZ, a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority, joins with industry partners in this exciting collaborative effort!
- Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon
Friday, October 6
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Be there for a morning tradeshow and summit featuring industry experts and panelists discussing manufacturing issues and opportunities, followed by an awards luncheon where dynamic leaders from Arizona’s manufacturing community are recognized with awards for Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Sustainability, Small/Medium Manufacturer of the Year, and Large Manufacturer of the Year.
- SEPTEMBER 21 2017: Lean Manufacturing 101 [Time: Full Day • 8 am to 4:30pm] – Place: Arizona Commerce Authority
- SEPTEMBER 29 2017: Warehouse Management Time: Half Day [8:30 am to noon] – Place: Arizona Commerce Authority
- OCTOBER 27 2017: Basics of Material Requirements Planning (MRP) [Time: Half Day • 8:30 am to noon] – Place: Arizona Commerce Authority
- NOVEMBER 17 2017: Managing with MRP [Time: Half Day • 8:30 am to noon] -Place: Arizona Commerce Authority
What exciting, FREE STEM events are coming up this week? Check it out below!
- Flagstaff Festival of Science 2017 [Fri 9/22 – Sun 10/1, Flagstaff]
This FREE, award-winning 10-day Festival will showcase signature events such as Science in the Park, the Flagstaff Star Party, and SCI Talks, as well as field trips, guided interpretive hikers, archaeological digs, hands-on workshops, and presentations.
- Birding Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands [Wed 9/27, 7am, Tucson]
Join Luke Safford for an easy walk through the Sweetwater Wetlands to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds.
- Stargazing for Everyone [Sat 9/30, 7:30-9:30pm, Buckeye]
Take a guided tour of the night sky with professional Stargazers, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone as they bring the universe and planets to you!
- Dragonfly and Butterfly Bash [Sat 9/23, 9am-12pm, Chandler]
Celebrate these beautiful insects with us through guided nature walks, hands-on crafts, and presentations available for all ages.
Just for Girls/Women
- Women and Girls in STEM [Wed 9/27, 7:30-9:30am, Phoenix]
Please join us for the YWCA Women’s Empowerment breakfast featuring a panel discussion from women leaders who excel in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
- The Newest in 3D Technology for Education – Lunch and Learn [Tue 9/26, 9am-1pm, Gilbert]
During this hands-on workshop, you will explore and learn about some of the newest, current, easy-to-use, and affordable 3D printers and scanners for education to inspire the next generation of innovative problem solvers in STEM. Workshop includes 4 hours of CE certificate.
- The Internet of Things (IoT): Connecting Everyday Objects to the Internet [Fri 9/29, 10-11am, Online Webinar]
Find out how to utilize “making” to bring the IoT (connecting any device with an on/off switch to the internet) to your K-12 classroom!
Find over 1,500 upcoming STEM events based off of region, age-range, subject, event type, and more on our Online Calendar of Events!
Track: Community STEM Action & Volunteerism
If you are a part of the RAIN Grant (the Rural Innovation and Activation Network), or are interested in meeting up with your STEM leaders in the rural parts of Arizona, bring your lunch and join them in this Lunchtime Meetup!
Track: Art, Design Through STEM
If you were going to design a STEAM powered airplane what would it look like? In this activity for 5-10 year olds, students will decorate their own paper airplane, before we launch them into the sky! Children will learn what choices work or don’t in creating lift.
Presenter: Nova Hall
Track: Art, Design Through STEM
If you were going to design a STEAM powered airplane what would it look like? In this activity for middle school & high school, students will decorate their own paper airplane, before we launch them into the sky! Children will learn what choices work or don’t in creating lift.
Presenter: Nova Hall
Track: Computer Science & Engineering
This CAD workshop aims to inform attendees of the process, importance, and applications of computer-aided drafting, a skill widely used in the field of engineering. CAD involves the three-dimensional design of models such as cars, buildings, electronic devices, and robots. This workshop will be instructed by Diego Miranda and Alfredo Chavez – two computer-aided drafters on the Carl Hayden robotics team.
- Diego Miranda, student, Carl Hayden High School
- Alfredo Chavez, student, Carl Hayden High School
Track: STEM Instruction
Bioinformatics gives students the unprecedented opportunity to mine DNA and protein sequences while working with the same computer tools and data that genome scientists use. Come and learn how to use freely available online tools to guide your students to consolidate their knowledge of biological concepts and discover the connectedness of all life.
- Uwe Hilgert, Ph.D., Director of STEM Training, BIO5 Institute & CyVerse, The University of Arizona, firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-626-1367, http://www.bio5.org & http://www.cyverse.org/