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Arizona SciTech Blog

This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

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. 

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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) 

 

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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. 

 

Presenters: TBD 

 

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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. 

 

Presenters: TBD 

 

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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. 

 

 

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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.

 

Presenter 

  • Dr. Liu, Arizona State University 

 

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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.

 

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  •  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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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