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This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Track: Community STEM Action & Volunteerism 

The March for Science was an event and movement that is a response to the anti-science campaigns and policies. Internationally, over 1 million people across 600 cities held a March for Science. In the streets of downtown Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff thousands of people came out to listen to various names in science and politics and to attend a science fair with organizations across the entire valley. In this panel, the organizers of the March for Science in Arizona will tell the story of how it all began, how they put together the entire event, and the future goals and principles of the movement. 

 

Presenters 

  • Laura Taylortaft, Executive Director of Phx-MfS, (480) 248-4536
  • Don Balanzat, Communications Director of Phx-MfS, (732) 882-8399
  • Josh Hoskinson, Organizer of Tucson-MfS, (951) 836-1424

 

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Track: Community STEM Action & Volunteerism 

Find out how Arizona STEM professional are engaging with local middle and high schools and ways you might be able to partner with schools and students in your area. 

 

Presenters: TBA 

 

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Track: Art, Design Through STEM 

Join stARTem in creating pinhole cameras. Have fun creating original cameras that will capture your discovery of STEAM and personal creative development.

 

Presenter 

 

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Track: Art, Design Through STEM 

Superfoods and Super Heros come together in this fun, interactive STEAM-focused presentation of foods that are nutritional dynamos. Superfoods don’t come in packages. These are whole foods, produced by nature that are extremely nutritious or beneficial to your overall health and wellness and have a combination of low calories, high fiber, high proportion of omega-3 fatty acids, high in phytochemicals and high in vitamins and minerals and inherently designed to provide super nutrition. Bam ! Pow! Splat! Slam! and Kapow! for Superfoods. Includes tastings of all your new Superfoods!

*This session focuses on the ‘Science’ and ‘Engineering’ in STEAM

 

Presenter 

 

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Track: Art, Design Through STEM 

Let Humor Writes invalidate your hypothesis with some Improvised Data. Join us as we bring you an unscripted, interactive experience that focuses on traditional elements of STEM as well as collaboration and interpersonal skills. 

 

Presenter

 

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Track: STEM Instruction 

Learn how robotics brings value to your classroom by bringing together STEM topics in this hands-on experience. Topics discussed include how to get kids interested in robotics, implementing classroom projects, and take robotics a step further by creating robotics competition teams.

 

Presenter

Chief Science Officer, and high school sophomore, Chloe of Casa Grande Unified High School District

 

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Track: Art, Design Through STEM 

Today’s students are savvy media consumers, engaging with entertainment, advertising, and games in novel and surprising ways. Our educational materials should reflect the skills and literacies of audiences raised in immersive story worlds like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Harry Potter. In this panel, Bob Beard of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, Steve Peters of No Mimes Media, and Dennis Bonilla of Variable Labs will discuss how they use tools like Virtual Reality and Alternate Reality Games to encourage critical thinking and meaningful engagement with STEM topics.

 

Panelist 

Dennis Bonilla, Chief Technology Officer, Variable Labs 

Bio: Dennis Bonilla serves as the chief technology officer of Variable Labs, which creates immersive virtual reality experiences. He has over 15 years of experience in technology development, including extensive work in the aerospace and science fields. He has previously directed design and development efforts for large scale projects for NASA and other U.S. federal agencies and has supported committees advising the President of the United States about options for future human spaceflight.

Steve Peters, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, No Mimes Media

Bio: Steve Peters is an Emmy-winning experience designer and the founder and chief creative officer at No Mimes Media, a studio that creates and produces stories and experiences that unfold across multiple platforms and channels Prior to his role at No Mimes Media, he was VP of Experience Design at Fourth Wall Studios, where he worked on projects like the interactive web series Dirty Work and “6 Minutes to Midnight” for the feature film Watchmen). Prior to that, he worked at 42 Entertainment on projects including “Why So Serious?” for the feature film The Dark Knight.

Bob Beard, Public Engagement Strategist, Center for Science and the Imagination, bob.beard@asu.edu 

Bio: Bob Beard is the Public Engagement Strategist for the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he produces content, public programming, exhibitions, and experiences at the intersection of science, engineering, and the humanities. Prior this role, he worked in the media industry with stints at CBS Radio, Village Voice Media, and most recently PBS, where he developed national brand, communication, and outreach strategies. His research interests focus on performance, identity and authenticity in fandoms and communities of practice.

Moderator: Joey Eschrich, Editor and Program Manager, Center for Science and the Imagination, jpe@asu.edu

Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager for the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. He is the co-editor of Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction (2016), and his writing has appeared in Slate, Zócalo Public Square, and the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. He also serves as the assistant director for Future Tense, a partnership of ASU, New America, and Slate magazine that explores emerging technologies and their effects on society and culture.

*If you are interested in contacting Dennis Bonilla or Steve Peters, please do so by emailing Moderator Joey Eschrich at jpe@asu.edu

 

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Track: STEM Instruction 

Come learn about and experience a journey that develops STEM Identity in students! STEM Identity is critical for students to pursue rigorous STEM courses in high school, post-secondary education and career pathways. This session provides an overview with experiences that deliberately provide supports for teachers in a shift towards STEM instructional strategies and help students see themselves as STEM professionals.

MCESA is taking a holistic approach and partnered with STEM companies to provide role models to middle school students to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math. “STEM Identity helps encourage students to build confidence and competence in STEM areas and boost their persistence leading to future STEM careers”. One goal of STEM Identity is to help students perceive themselves as future scientists, technology specialists and engineers, despite growing up in communities where such careers may not be frequently modeled. Learn how MCESA engages an educational journey to spark the imagination of the next generation of STEM Professionals!

Link to Publications and Blogs about ESI: http://mcesa.info/esioverview

(Developing Tomorrow’s STEM Professionals in Rural Arizona Schools) https://i3community.ed.gov/impact-stories/2120

(Grantee Spotlight) https://i3community.ed.gov/impact-stories/2256

White Paper on Engineering STEM Identity

 

Presenters 

Contacts and Presenters:

Gale Beauchamp: Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) Project Director, Gale.beauchamp@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Office Phone: 602-372-7295

Bio: Gale Beauchamp is the Engineering STEM Identity Project Director for the Investing in Innovation Development grant with MCESA. Gale has a passion for connecting business professionals with education to support students and teachers with real-world engagement and pathways to future education and careers. Central to the Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) program is authentic and experiential learning for students to identify with STEM professions and deepen the pedagogical content of teachers.

Jamie Vought: ESI STEM Coach, Jamie.vought@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Jamie Vought is the STEM Coach for the Engineering STEM Identity grant through the MCESA i3 grant. She provides job-embedded content and pedagogy coaching support for teachers as they implement inquiry-based learning experiences for students. She has a passion for education and inspiring students to pursue life-long STEM education and career pathways.

 

Arlynn Godinez: ESI Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert (PCK), Arlynn.godinez@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Arlynn Godinez is the Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert with the Engineering STEM Identity grant with MCESA’s i3 grant. She works with STEM Professionals and teachers to help provide authentic, real world connections between business and industry and schools. She is passionate about children and learning, believing it is important to provide all children with equitable pathways to success

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: STEM Instruction 

Come learn about and experience a journey that develops STEM Identity in students! STEM Identity is critical for students to pursue rigorous STEM courses in high school, post-secondary education and career pathways. This session provides an overview with experiences that deliberately provide supports for teachers in a shift towards STEM instructional strategies and help students see themselves as STEM professionals.

MCESA is taking a holistic approach and partnered with STEM companies to provide role models to middle school students to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math. “STEM Identity helps encourage students to build confidence and competence in STEM areas and boost their persistence leading to future STEM careers”. One goal of STEM Identity is to help students perceive themselves as future scientists, technology specialists and engineers, despite growing up in communities where such careers may not be frequently modeled. Learn how MCESA engages an educational journey to spark the imagination of the next generation of STEM Professionals!

Link to Publications and Blogs about ESI:

Engineering STEM Identity Overview
Developing Tomorrow’s STEM Professionals in Rural Arizona Schools 
i3 Grantee Spotlight 

 

Presenters 

Contacts and Presenters:

Gale Beauchamp: Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) Project Director, Gale.beauchamp@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Office Phone: 602-372-7295

Bio: Gale Beauchamp is the Engineering STEM Identity Project Director for the Investing in Innovation Development grant with MCESA. Gale has a passion for connecting business professionals with education to support students and teachers with real-world engagement and pathways to future education and careers. Central to the Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) program is authentic and experiential learning for students to identify with STEM professions and deepen the pedagogical content of teachers.

Jamie Vought: ESI STEM Coach, Jamie.vought@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Jamie Vought is the STEM Coach for the Engineering STEM Identity grant through the MCESA i3 grant. She provides job-embedded content and pedagogy coaching support for teachers as they implement inquiry-based learning experiences for students. She has a passion for education and inspiring students to pursue life-long STEM education and career pathways.

 

Arlynn Godinez: ESI Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert (PCK), Arlynn.godinez@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Arlynn Godinez is the Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert with the Engineering STEM Identity grant with MCESA’s i3 grant. She works with STEM Professionals and teachers to help provide authentic, real world connections between business and industry and schools. She is passionate about children and learning, believing it is important to provide all children with equitable pathways to success

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: Art, Design Through STEM 

Join RealTimeSTEAM for outlines, tips and resources to aid in telling a compelling story of discovery while accurately reflecting the scientific process.

If you have any question contact us via information@realtimesteam.org

 

Presenters

  • Eileen Kane, CCO, RealTimeSTEAM
  • Brian Johnson, COO, RealTimSTEAM, PhD candidate, Biodesign — ASU
  • Rebekah Brubaker, CEO, RealTimeSTEAM

 

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