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Arizona SciTech Blog

This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.


Track: STEM Workforce & Our AZ Community

Have you ever thought about how different personalities can work together on a team? 

Join this panel-presentation that discusses just that! Learn where  you fall in the DISC personality profile, and hear from other professionals in the STEM field who are just like you! Learn how they use who they are to overcome challenges in the workplace, contribute to a team that has a range of personalities, and apply their strengths into their field of work! 

This is the perfect opportunity to learn about yourself and see how others just like you are doing it. 

 

Panel Moderator: Pamela Brooks, Organizational Development Consultant, Human Resources, Arizona State University

      

 

 

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Track: STEM Workforce & Our AZ Community

Learn how to understand the emotions behind your behaviors and the behaviors of others, so as to create a more collaborative productive work environment in the STEM.

Join this panel-presentation that discusses just that! Learn where  you fall in the DISC personality profile, and hear from other professionals in the STEM field who are just like you! Learn how they use who they are to overcome challenges in the workplace, contribute to a team that has a range of personalities, and apply their strengths into their field of work! 

This is the perfect opportunity to learn about yourself and see how others just like you are doing it. 

 

Panel Moderator: Pamela Brooks, Organizational Development Consultant, Human Resources, Arizona State University

      

 

 

Register for the 8th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Community Stakeholder Summit” today!  


Track: Arts & Sneaky Science

Did you know that STEM is a core facet of the military? 

It is used every day — from technology, to aviation, to physics! Come learn how the military integrates STEM into their everyday lives. 

 

Panel Moderator: Captain Angelo Rossetti, Civil Air Patrol, Arizona Wing Director of Aerospace Education, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

      

 

 

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Track: The Latest & Greatest in AZ STEM

What is assisted technology? How do we use it? Why is it important to us? 

Learn about all this and more in this panel which brings in the leaders in the field who work in this area — the ones who are making it happen!  

 

Panel Moderator: David Reno, Corporate Relations Manager, Southwest Human Development

      

 

 

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Track: The Latest & Greatest in AZ STEM

Many of us use Assistive Technology (AT) every day. Glasses and wheelchairs and IoT enabled exoskeleton systems, oh my! Learn how Southwest Human Development and the MAKERS of Change event committee are bringing High School STEM teams into the fold and improving the lives of young children with disabilities through this unique STEM challenge.

Presenters: 

  • Panel Moderator: David Reno, Corporate Relations Manager, Southwest Human Development 
  • Curt Cornum, VP Global Business Transformation, Insight 
  • Matt Levac, Occupational Therapist & AT Maker, ACCEL Schools 

 

      

 

 

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Track: Bridging the Barriers in STEM

The focus of this SciTech Kickoff Conference workshop will center on the relationship between education, business and government in meeting the increasing needs of students with Autism who have a desire to enter a highly-skilled workforce in a rapidly evolving economy. The format for the session will include a panel discussion and a break out discussion addressing problems the education and business community face as they prepare the Autism Workforce.

The panel will be comprised of representatives from our K-12 public schools, higher education institutions, business and government sectors. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities their organizations face in preparing students with Autism for entry and success in the workplace, where many of the jobs of tomorrow have yet to be defined and created.

While the panel moderator will drive the discussions, questions and concerns will be important to ensuring for a rich and substantive dialog. There will also be time allotted during the panel presentation to field questions directly from the participants.

Background:

Many Arizona businesses are facing a serious dilemma. They have openings to fill, but are having problems finding skilled workers for the positions. Addressing this skills gap or skills mismatch is a major challenge in Arizona and the rest of the nation. In addition to a skills mismatch, Phoenix has been labeled the most Autism friendly city.

We invite community stakeholders to participate in a engaging conversation among a group of diverse sectors in Arizona—including large and small employers, training and post-secondary education institutions, civic and youth organizations, philanthropic foundations, technology entrepreneurs, and experienced policymakers—to catalyze a solutions based conversation focused on designing educational opportunities to create a better workforce for the Autism Community.

 

Panel Moderator: Kenneth Mims, Superintendent of Schools, Science Prep Academy

      

 

 

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Track: The Latest & Greatest in AZ STEM Innovation

Curiosity, Kids, Electromagnetism, Innovation, and Global Reach: We figured out how to connect them, from the start (schooling) to success (the world’s most powerful satellite). Learn how we bridged that gap, and how YOU can do the same, no matter who you are! 

Viasat Inc. is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. We’re developing the ultimate communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere. Our chief accomplishment is the world’s highest-capacity satellite internet constellation, providing connectivity in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Most notably, we are the provider of in-flight Wi-Fi services to major airlines such as American, United, and JetBlue.

But how did we get there? By harnessing the power of invisible radio waves that pass through the air billions of times per second. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the STEM design process – by which scientists and engineers take a “first-principles” approach to a concept and build up to an innovative technology.

We’ll follow the concept of electromagnetism (E&M) through the STEM pipeline, starting with a Chief Science Officer who is first learning about E&M in school. Next, we’ll invite a high school physics teacher to share their perspective. Afterward, we’ll ask ASU undergraduates to share their experience applying E&M knowledge to a NASA project team. Finally, we’ll have Viasat engineers speak about how they’re enabling the global broadband revolution. By the end of this session, the audience will have connected what is being taught in AZ classrooms to a real-world, high-impact application!

Informational flyers for how to encourage girls in engineering will be given out, as well as a few STEM raffle prizes at the end!

 

Panel Moderator: Omar Alam, RF/Microwave Test Engineer, Space Technologies & Community Outreach, Viasat Inc.

      

Panelist: Raymond Barakat, Hardware Engineer, Government Systems, Viasat Inc. 

   

 

Register for the 8th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Community Stakeholder Summit” today!  


Track: Bridging the Barriers in STEM

All your questions about being a woman in the male dominated field of engineering will be answered! 

In this panel-presentation, female engineers will share their experiences about what it’s like to work in engineering, a field that is traditionally of a male majority. Students, parents, and educators can ask all the questions that they have about being a female in engineering.

Informational flyers for how to encourage girls in engineering will be given out, as well as a few STEM raffle prizes at the end!

 

Panel Moderator: Suzie Olsen, Engineer and Creator, STEM Spark 

   

 

 

Register for the 8th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Community Stakeholder Summit” today!  


Track: STEM in Education

With increasing adoption of technology in our lives, is coding becoming an essential skill for future?

As we know, technology has now permeated all modes of human existence, be it cars for transportation,  satellites for aerospace, and even home appliances for everyday use. And what do each of these have in common? Coding. 

While coding is not currently in the main stream, it could end up being soon, especially as more and more schools are integrating coding classes and workshops into their curriculums as core needs before graduation. 

Coding helps people to learn to not only think logically, but to practice the application of math in the real world. Join this panel of STEM pros and engage in discussion on why coding is pivotal to our children’s future. It IS that important, and you will learn why — straight from the industries of the future! 

 

Panel Moderator: Jason Sym, Managing Director, Code Ninjas Scottsdale 

   

 

 

Register for the 8th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Community Stakeholder Summit” today!  


Track: STEM in Education

As we know, technology has now permeated all modes of human existence, be it cars for transportation,  satellites for aerospace, and even home appliances for everyday use. And what do each of these have in common? Coding. 

While coding is not currently in the main stream, it could end up being soon, especially as more and more schools are integrating coding classes and workshops into their curriculums as core needs before graduation. 

Coding helps people to learn to not only think logically, but to practice the application of math in the real world. Join this panel of STEM pros and engage in discussion on why coding is pivotal to our children’s future. It IS that important, and you will learn why — straight from the industries of the future! 

 

Panel Moderator: Jason Sym, Managing Director, Code Ninjas Scottsdale 

   

 

 

Register for the 8th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Community Stakeholder Summit” today!  

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