Arizona SciTech Blog
This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.
As an event organizer you will want to extend your story and brand to attract more visitors and possibly garnering publicity. Our panelists many years of experience will allow them to approach the subject from both the media and the organizer side. They will share their views on best practices and trends to accomplish your communication activities with plenty of time to ask questions.
- Marcia Chapman, Vice President, Brodeur Partners
- Steve Carr, Kur-Carr Public Relations specializing in nonprofit clients
- Al Maag, publisher of Giving Hope AZ Magazine and retired Chief Communications Officer at Avnet
(Seen Above: Marcia Chapman)
Attendees can enjoy hands-on robotics demonstrations and hear how a focus on robotics, coding and computer science has impacted the economy and changed the course of Arizona’s culture.
- Carol Popovich
- VEX Robotics teams
- Dr. Betsy Hargrove
- Avondale teacher
Coding, STEM and computer science can be incredibly powerful tools in the classroom. Teachers and lawmakers alike are seeing the impact of putting renewed focus on these tools in educational approaches and technology. This panel discussion will focus not only on how educators and policy makers can support a movement toward a more STEM friendly educational approach, but on how a STEM-friendly educational approach impacts students and the economy.
- Kathryn Scott
- Daniel Valenzuela
- Kelly Smith
- SySTEM Schools Teacher
- Tony Best
This in-depth discussion holds opportunities for attendees to connect with facilitators and fundraisers for Maker Spaces of all sizes. A Maker Space is sometimes also referred to as a hackerspace. Hackserpaces fablabs are creative DIY (Do-It-Yourself) spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. They often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Topics of discussion include best practices, approaches and common challenges.
- Terry Lawler, Librarian III, Manager of Youth Services, MACH1 Maker Space
- Andi Fourlis, Chief Learning Officer, CREATE Space
- Sandy Rizzo, Librarian III, Coordinator of Mesa ThinkSpot
- Laura Royal, Coordinator of Mesa ThinkSpot
Offering tangible, real world best practices, this round table discussion covers how to engage both student and school in a thriving, sustainable coding and computer science club. We’ve brought together educators, parents and community leaders to share what has worked and how they have worked through hurdles to build their coding clubs. Every participant will walk away with action items developed to help them get started and succeed!
- Facilitator: Laura Cummings, Parent, How to Connect to Your School
- Table 1 – Preschool/Kindergarten: Terry Lawler, Educator, Burton Barr Library
- Table 2- Elementary/Middle School: Larry Cummings, Parent / Community Leader
- Table 3 – Middle/High School/No School Connection: Kelly Smith, Parent / Community Leader
- Table 4 – High School/College: Kathryn Scott, Educator
- Table 5 – Adult Extracurricular: Brad Westfall, Educator
Math helps students describe, understand, and challenge the world around them. How do we equip students to apply math in real-life situations? STEM – real-life, integrated, challenging learning opportunities! Join us as we examine practical ways for embedding mathematics into your STEM classroom with an emphasis on measurement and data analysis. We’ll examine some of the most common student misconceptions, experiment with teaching techniques, and examine student experiences that bring bring relevance to the math our kids need to know and apply.
- Kimberly Rimbey, Ph.D., National Board Certified Teacher, Executive Board Member, AATM
- Jane Guan, K-12 Mathematics Coordinator, Flagstaff Unified School District
(Seen Above: Kimberly Rimbey)
To help teachers implement our courses for all grades, Code.org offers high-quality, 1-day workshops for educators and content-area teachers (librarians, tech-ed specialists, etc.). These workshops are led by experienced Code.org facilitators. Attendees learn how to use Code.org’s courses to introduce computer science basics in a format that’s fun and accessible to the youngest learners (grades K-5). Attendees also receive all the supplies they need to teach—at no cost.
- Janice Mak, Developing Leaders for 21st Century Science Education at Arizona Science Teachers Association
- Linda Coyle, Director of Education, Science Foundation Arizona
(Seen Above: Janice Mak, Linda Coyle)
STEM and Computer Science need not be confined to one class or classroom. These educators and students are using it to their advantage in their classrooms and talking about how using and developing technology allows them to expand their understanding of traditional subjects and prepare them for a rapidly changing world. Topics covered will range from using tech in a traditional classroom to developing new approaches to teaching that utilize technology.
- Betsy Hargrove, Avondale School District
- Seth Beute, Phoenix Coding Academy
- Caitlin Derr, TEALS
- Teachers from Phoenix Coding Academy
- Teachers from SySTEM schools
- Anjelica Cruz
- Darrell Kidd
This track will take a look at how students see the future of technology. What are their impressions? How do they see the future of STEM? Hear from the kid experts themselves.
- Moderator, Geoff Notkin, Host of TV’s “Meteorite Men” and “STEM Journals,” film and TV producer, award-winning author, meteorite specialist, public speaker and spaceflight advocate
- Chief Science Officers
Emergence is an immersive performance about the study of life on Earth and other planets. The show was developed by the artist group Catalyst Collective and their residency with the Emergence Laboratory at ASU. Emergence asks and explores the questions: What exactly is life? How do we look for it in the universe? And how do we all plan on living it? After the 20 minute performance, Phil Weaver-Stoesz, Creative Director of Catalyst, will discuss how Catalyst devised a performance with both artists and scientists, as well as virtues and methods of good STEAM collaborations.
- Phil Weaver-Stoesz: Theatre Director, MFA Candidate in Theatre Directing
- Catalyst Collective Artist Group
Director Phil Weaver-Stoesz is an MFA candidate at the Herberger Institute in Tempe, Arizona. In his first year, he devised and directed an immersive experience in an art museum ([De/As]cending). He was also awarded the Creation Grant for his research in creative computing (BIOS: Alpha), designed an alternate reality urban adventure (The Anthem Project), and worked with play development at Phoenix Theatre (on display). Phil originally hails from Goshen, Indiana, where he arranged and directed several original works including a mix of sonnets and indie-punk (Sonnet Soundscape) and a reimagining of the lovers in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chemical Imbalance). Find Phil online at his website PhilWS.com, his personal blog ahandfulofair.wordpress.com or on twitter @Dear_Godot.