Arizona SciTech Blog
This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.
Track: Art, Design Through STEM
- Help educators spark an interest in STEM learning among their students by tapping into their natural passion for playing and making video games
- Introduce games as systems made up of components that work together to create a fun and challenging experience for the player
- Show how the iterative design cycle supports the development of 21st century skills such as creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration
- Emphasize core digital literacies to help students better critique and appreciate the games they play and the online resources they use
- Mark German, President, E-Line Learning at E-Line Media, firstname.lastname@example.org
Track: STEM Instruction
Educators, are you looking for resources, takeaways, ideas, contacts, and more to bring back to your school and classrooms? Look no further as we have brought the pros to you!
Whether you are looking for free STEM materials for your classroom, want to learn ways to integrate the A into STEM, are trying to figure out how to establish partnerships to enhance your STEM instruction, or are seeking tips and tricks to organize and enhance your very own school STEM Fest, look no further than the Educator STEM Innovation Swap!
Learn from the STEM Masters who want to give, help, and share their inside scoop and best practices with YOU!
How does this session work? Educators have the chance to attend 3-4 speed-dating-style “rotations” and learn from and talk to the best! Connect, learn, share contact information, and more! **Space for over 100 educators to attend!**
- Free STEM Materials, Grants, and Resources for your Classroom – This workshop will look at the Curriculum Materials, STEM Kits, Grants, and support the Civil Air Patrol offers Educators and Schools across the United States. We’ll look at the AEM Program, our support of STEM Academies here in Arizona, and the free resources available to Educators, including several Door Prizes!
- Presenter: Angelo Rosetti (email@example.com)
- Establishing Partnerships To Enhance STEM Instruction – Participants will learn how Canyon Ridge creates, maintains and supports partnerships that support instruction to ensure students develop connections between STEM learning and real world applications.
- Integrating STEM into the Curriculum Through the Engineering Design Process – We will show how to use the engineering design process to implement STEM into ELA, math, and Social Studies.
Presenters: Heather Haynie (5th/6th Grade Teacher, Mendoza Elementary) & Sandy Petrunia (5th Grade Teacher, Mendoza Elementary)
- Planting the Seeds for Your STEAM Network – From finding local and state resources to how to bring Pop-culture, maker spaces and other 21st century skills into your STEAM ecosystem. Join the CEO of RealTimeSTEAM as she helps you cultivate your STEAM connections
- Presenter: Rebekah Brubaker (CEO, RealTimeSTEAM, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Organizing a District Wide STEM Fest- Learn from the Pros Who Make it Happen! – Learn how to get schools and partner organizations involved in a successful district-wide SciTech Festival. Without the assistance of local governments, J.O. Combs has grown their festival to over 600 participants. Find out how you can too!
Presenters: Kelly Guerra (Coordinator of Community Education, email@example.com 480-987-5322 (main contact for event)) & Marcus Berkshire (Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment)
- Putting the A in STEM with MIM – As an Education Specialist and member of the MIM Advisory Board, Denise Hicks has brought to the Avondale School District a generous grant that allows our students to experience the world of music for FREE. MIM’s world-class museum offers two unique hand-on opportunities for students, which you can learn about at this rotation!
- Presenter: Denise Hicks (Avondale School District)
- Bringing Pop Culture into Education – Learn how utilizing culturally-relevant tools (ie hip hop, arts performance, & digital design) can help introduce students to computer science, create an environment to access to community leaders for learning about STEAM, and help students gain critical resources for college preparation.
- Presenter: Loretta Cheeks (Turn Up for STEAM)
- Small City Making a Big Difference: The Garden Project – Michael Anderson School CSOs will build a model of our garden and explain the steps we are taking to grow vegetables that will be sold in our community. Our CSOs will also explain the process they are implementing to teach their peers how to recycle food by using compost bins.
- Presenters: Adriana Gilcreest (Science Teacher, Michael Anderson School), Esteban Baron (Chief Science Officer, Michael Anderson School), Yanira Martinez Bello (Chief Science Officer, Michael Anderson School), Angel Lopez (Chief Science Officer, Michael Anderson School)
- STEM Thinking in Social Studies and Language Arts – Learn about engaging ways to inspire STEM students in Language Arts and Social Studies through hands-on activities.
- The Inside Scoop on Creating and Maintaining After School STEM Clubs – Learn from the pros who are doing it how to create and sustain a variety of successful after school clubs, including STEM clubs!
Presenters: Liz Burton (Principal, Saddle Mountain Unified School District, Tartesso Elementary School, Liz.Burton@smusd90.org) & Ben Doerksen (Student, Saddle Mountain Unified School District, Tartesso Elementary School)
- All About School STEM Nights – Want to learn how to organize a successful school STEM night? Learn tips and tricks from the school leaders who are doing it!
- Presenter: Laura Feddersen (Canyon Springs School STEM Night, Anthem)
- Building STEM Learning Programs on a Shoestring Budget – This session will give brief overview of creative low-cost, no-cost ways to engage students in STEM learning. Ideas and suggestions offered from the perspective of teachers from a Title I school.
- Presenter: Representative from Orangewood Elementary
Track: STEM Instruction
Home-schooled students are traditionally unable to access the computing equipment and instruction that is typically available in regular schooling environments. However, at the Immersive Teaching STEAM Academy, we have found that the home-schooled students perform better with these technologies because they are independent thinkers and are taught to do research and self-learning. So if your child is tech-savvy or has an interest in learning about some of the latest equipment and software, then come attend this session to find out what options are available for them to learn and work in a fun-filled environment at a technology company.
Track: STEM Instruction
*This session closed to Registered AZ STEM School Community of Practice members only.
Sixty-one Arizona schools are preparing for their second year of learning and growing together in the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice, the state’s first of its kind.
Last year, each participating school formed a cross-sector team of teachers, coaches, administrators, parents, students, business leaders, and community partners to network, share best practices, and discuss issues central to moving STEM education forward in Arizona.
These teams celebrated the creation of the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice with its first meeting in May 2016. The second meeting, that September, featured a resource fair and school team showcase, bringing together school teams with community and industry partners to learn about available supports, highlight programs, and share best practices.
During the group’s January meeting, members had an opportunity to dialogue within like-stakeholder groups and attend content sessions on requested topics such as the K-12 Framework for Science Education, Accessing Funding and Community Partners, and Project-Based Learning, to name a few.
At the final meeting of the year, in May, representatives from the school teams met in a smaller forum to discuss and share knowledge about common challenges to STEM implementation. A Cinco de Mayo-themed celebration then closed out the Community’s inaugural year.
August 31st marks the launch of year two for this innovative group, kicking off the 2017-18 school year at the Mesa Arts Center. Members will identify challenges to focus on, figure out what’s needed to address those challenges, and continue to realize the value of the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice.
To learn more about the Arizona STEM School Community of practice, visit azstemcop.org.
Track: STEM Instruction
Educators: Are you interested in meeting up with other educators and having an informal lunchtime discussion about what is happening in other schools? Come to the Educator Lunch-Time Meetup, a place to connect and expand the STEM Educator Ecosystem!
All grade-levels, K-college, invited!
Moderator: Bruce Jones (Mesa Public Schools)
Track: Computer Science and Engineering
This moderated panel discussion celebrates and explores the struggles, accomplishments, and future of Women in Engineering and Computer Science fields. This session seeks to define and challenge barriers that cause women to be underrepresented in these specific STEM fields.
Track: Computer Science & Engineering
It’s been 4 years since Code.org released their first Hour of Code tutorial, and millions of students have loved solving Angry Birds puzzles with computer code. This session will explore ideas for “Hour of Code” events from the original mazes and beyond, where you can open the minds of your students to the possibilities of computer programming, even if you have never coded before.
Track: Computer Science & Engineering
The Immersive Technologies are the wave of the future. These 3D Technologies are to be experienced and cannot be described in words. Come check out the latest Virtual Reality gear and applications to see how they will impact education and gaming.
Track: STEM Careers & Business
Join a discussion of the human genome project and the clinical sequencing effort, what it means to do precision medicine, and how computation and data science can help in these efforts.
- Dr. Liu, Arizona State University
Track: Student Voice
Teen Science Café programs are a free and fun way for teens to explore science and technology affecting their lives. Through lively presentations, conversation, and activities to explore a topic deeply, Café programs open doors for teens to learn from experts about exciting and rewarding STEM career pathways. Come learn how develop a Teen Science Café in your community.
- Dr. Michelle Hall, Science Education Solutions, Co-Director of the Teen Science Café Network, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 412-6533, teensciencecafe.org
Dr. Stacey Forsyth, Director, CU Discovery Center, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Ms. Cassandra Davis, Education Volunteer Coordinator, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
Dr. Katherine Riddle Penzkover, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Science Discovery, Director of High School Programs
- Ms. Sara Fyke, Science Education Solutions, Teen Science Café Network Community Engagement Specialist.