Arizona SciTech Blog
This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.
Brainstorm Begins: Trying to appeal to the educators.
“Think STEM doesn’t matter? Every STEM principle is used in order to make this race car go 150 miles per hour and win 27 times on the way to winning the Arizona State Championship. Drivers who have driven this car have gone on to the Indy 500.
“Let STEM motivate them!” Brainstorm ends
Integrating & Innovating STEM across the Curriculum-Connecting STEM practices to core curriculum content and instruction through informal outdoor education.
How can outdoor learning experiences contribute to meaningful experiences in classroom? During this interactive learning experience, participants will gain knowledge about the unique and changing role of outdoor education in our changing society. The effects of outdoor education experiences on participants’ beliefs and attitudes about science mirror the STEM goals of increasing student interest, and identity in STEM. Participants will leave this session with concrete ideas about high quality, meaningful STEM integration in grades 3-8.
Outdoor STEM Centered Education Explorers (OSCE ) workshop gives teachers the opportunity to enmesh informal outdoor education techniques into their classroom/school yard.
During this session they learn specific outdoor education skills essential to bringing experiential learning into the classroom, learn practical planning an logistic skills to prepare them to design, implement and prepare set-up stations for hands-on activities, they gain a structured approach to inquiry-based lesson planning as well as resource gathering information that will enable students to make personal connections to the activities.
This creative event strategically curates workshops and experiences in three areas to give teachers the tools to succeed. Join us at Tonto Creek Camp, Payson AZ (and/or local venue TBA), for this game-changing experience. There are interactive group discussions and creative experiential lessons.
Schoolyear Ecology Hike-Teacher will go outside to collect things to identify with nature and then make the connection to interest in STEM. This exercise leads to having students develop interest and identity in STEM.
Engineering Pathway: Genetic Engineering-Teachers will handle live Crayfish. E ach group will be assigned to observe one structure/behavior carefully. Draw structures and describe behaviors related to those structures. When scientists draw pictures to understand how something works it is called a model.
STEAM Machine-Teachers will work in teams to build a machine based on Rube Goldberg chain reaction but will have to also market it to the “Shark Tank.” Build all out of duct tape, PVC, mouse traps, wood, dominos etc. Prizes for the STEAM Machine.
Learn about the cool innovation happening in the mining industry and the STEM skills necessary to get there, including big data, IoT and unmanned aerial system technologies.
- Lia Walker, Quality Leader
- Erika Fretheim, Manager, Mine Technology
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)