Arizona SciTech Blog
This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.
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/
Track: Computer Science and Engineering
Come watch a free screening of Underwater Dreams, a documentary inspired by our very own Arizona local Fredi Lajvardi and his students from Carl Hayden High School. Then, listen to a Q&A session after the screening ends.
“Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.
This is how it transpired. Two energetic high school science teachers, on a whim, decided to enter their high school, a Title I school where most of the students live in poverty, into a sophisticated underwater robotics competition sponsored by the NASA and the Office of Naval Research, among others. Only four boys signed up for the competition, but once assembled, with enthusiasm and verve, they started calling oceanic engineers and military contractors for design help. They were advised that their underwater robot would require glass syntactic flotation foam. Short on money, all they could afford was PVC pipe from Home Depot. And some duct tape.
After a few test runs of their robot (aptly named Stinky), the team was confident that they would not come in last at the event, so they all piled into a beat up van to head to the competition. The boys entered the main pool area, seeing college teams in matching gear, with robots sponsored by the likes of Exxon Mobil. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, the boys put Stinky in the water for a test run. Only the PVC did not hold up. The robot leaked. And sunk.
The boys put their heads together and hilariously came up with a brilliant solution. 12 hours later, armed with 8 super-plus tampons to plug the leak in Stinky’s mechanical housing, the robot was lowered into the pool again. Only this time, Stinky performed admirably.
Fast forward to a shocking result. This rag-tag high school team of undocumented Mexican boys did what no one thought possible. The competition, however, was only the beginning. These boys forged a legacy that could not have been imagined.
Narrated by Michael Peña. Written and Directed by Mary Mazzio. Funded by the Bezos Family Foundation and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, with additional support from Babson College, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and others. Executive Producers: Michael Peña, Laurie Tisch, Jackie Bezos, Mike Bezos, John H. Carlson, Hope Pascucci, Mike Pascucci, Jeb Bush, Jr., Stephanie Hunt, Hunter Hunt, Christine Vachon, Sanjay Rawal, and Sarah Lenti.”
Track: STEM Careers & Business
Come learn about the latest and greatest emerging technologies in Ariozna, and learn how they are impacting the future of our state!