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Arizona SciTech Blog

This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Guest Author: John Drury [*Image: LSA-V45 (Land Sea Air Vehicle) Simulator based] 

The origin of this concept came in 2007, after reading an article about the jet streams and ocean currents that can be affected by climate change, man made or otherwise. These effects could be brought about by deforestation, burning fossil fuels for 100 plus years, the urban heat island effects of cities, pollution etc. That article motivated me to create a “ride” around that air and water flow to both educate kids and adults and thrill them simultaneously. Whether that experience would be a real “iron” ride or one simulated would be determined by size, design, narrative and cost. The sketch of the Globe Roamer shows riders in small airplanes attached to a track that would replicate the jet stream and ocean currents. This arrangement would limit the storyline to what you would see and feel traveling along the guide rail. For that reason the simulator version would be preferable and much more flexible. Different storylines could be interchanged through software integrated into the AV systems in the simulator cabin. Riding with a group in the land-sea-air vehicle LSA-V45 you would take a trip within the jet stream, dive into the depths of the oceans and emerge again on land. I believe one can see the potential for such an attraction as both a themed entertainment and a themed education mechanism. See link for latest article on El Nino and El Nina that prompted me to revive this concept for this article!




Guest Author:  Roy Smolens 

Each year schools throughout the state select their most notable scholars to present their research at AzSEF and be recognized for their efforts. Winners are represented at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition. The Arizona Science Center is proud to organize this year’s Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF), established in 2007 as a state-wide science competition for grades 5-12. The 2014 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) will take place Monday, March 31, 2014 through Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from from 9:00am-5:00pm each day.

“With the emphasis of the AzSEF on inspiring, educating and entertaining people of all ages about science, the Arizona Science Center is in perfect alignment with Arizona Science and Engineering Fair's mission and goals," says Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "The Arizona Technology Council Foundation is proud of the role it has played in helping AzSEF reach its current level of success and will continue to enthusiastically support its outreach and expansion."

The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair encourages a sustained vitality of the state-wide celebration of STEM. There will be plenty of opportunities to hear from the some of the State’s best young scientists and share in their passions in biochemistry, medicine, health and so much more!  While AzSEF hosts hearly 1500 students from every corner of the state, more than 10,000 students will have competed in AzSEF pre-qualifying county fairs for the opportunity to present their research in Phoenix!

So bring out your young scientists, your fledging researchers or your inquisitive family members to one of the preminent science and engineering fairs in the State – you will not regret that you did! Make a day out of it and hop on the Light Rail (save on gasoline and parking fees) and enjoy what downtown Phoenix has to offer. . .

Guest Author: Roy Smolens, writer, Arizona SciTech Festival

STEM is clearly an important part of every community and Flagstaff Unified School District is proud to announce an inaugural event and celebrate Flagstaff’s becoming America’s 1st STEM Community!

The Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) has orchestrated a celebration that has brought together Flagstaff’s public, charter and private schools for an incredible celebration and hands-on demonstrations of STEM. Please come out and join the fun at the Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration on Wednesday April 2nd from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome at NAU. STEM is clearly an important part of every community and FUSD is proud to announce this inaugural event and celebrate Flagstaff’s becoming America’s 1st STEM Community!

Participants in this event include all the K-12 schools in Flagstaff, Coconino Community College, NAU, STEM-related businesses and government entities.  Each school will have two tables, one with a static display and one with an interactive activity.  There will be LEGO robotics demonstrations by elementary and middle schools, as well as the world famous CocoNuts. Hundreds of booths will have displays, activities, and the opportunity to talk to the community members in attendance.

The idea for a large STEM Celebration occurred to FUSD District Relations Coordinator Karin Eberhard envisioned a more inclusive STEM community - gathering all the FUSD, charter and private schools in Flagstaff in a single location where they could see all the STEM opportunities that were available in the area. Eberhard said, “The students get to showcase what they do, which is always a good thing. And for our older students, they’ll get to see what’s available in Flagstaff to stay for, or if they go away to college, to come back for.”

The Flagstaff community has embraced a future of the United States that depends heavily on science, technology, engineering, and math. Mobilizing the STEM workforce requires considerable collaboration between the private and public sectors, careful communication about the importance of STEM, and changing the culture related to the fields. That’s exactly what the Community of Flagstaff, as America’s first STEM City has come together to achieve.

Flagstaff recognizes its role as a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in its Education, Business and Governance. Flagstaff-area sponsors of this event number more than 60 and include APS, Suddenlink, Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Flagstaff STEM City. This inaugural event has garnered support from all corners of the Flagstaff community. This collaboration from government agencies to schools and businesses will blow you away. Eberhard reports, “…We’re up to over 60 participating organizations and people are still contacting us, asking, ‘How do we get in this?’”

Find a way to get this event in your schedule and participate in one the State’s more innovative and collaborative STEM events! Expose your children, family and friends to a community that values a celebration of STEM. This is truly a demonstration of STEM education and opportunities for students and Flagstaff and FUSD have facilitated this for the community. 

Guest Author: Rita Marko, Phoenix Public Library/Community Relations

Phoenix Public Library, in partnership with the Arizona Science Center, will host a celebration to launch Sasha and Rodney Glassman’s newest book in their Jeremy Jackrabbit series, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Captures the Sun,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Arizona Science Center, located at 600 E. Washington.
Illustrated by children from throughout the metropolitan area, including Scottsdale, Laveen, Chandler and Phoenix, more than 52,000 copies of the book will be distributed free of charge to every kindergarten student in Maricopa County. Councilwoman Laura Pastor and Councilwoman Kate Gallego will read the book at the event after which the young artists will be available to sign the pages in the book which they illustrated.

Sasha Glassman is an attorney and member of the Madison Elementary School District Governing Board. Rodney Glassman, PhD in arid land resource sciences and former Tucson city councilman, is an attorney with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite.

The Glassmans’ first book, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain,” was illustrated by children in Tucson and distributed to kindergarten students in Tucson Unified School District. Their second book, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can,” was the subject of a 2012 illustration contest in partnership with the library. More than 46,000 copies of the book were distributed to Phoenix area kindergarten students in April 2013.

The project is supported by UFCW, First Solar, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 469, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Firefighters Union, AEA, MCESA, City of Tempe, ASU-GIOS, Chandler Education Foundation, Lifelock, Freeport McMoRan, ASU Foundation and the Madison Education Foundation. For more information about the Jeremy Jackrabbit book series, visit http://www.jeremyjackrabbit.com/.

For more information about the event, call 602-262-4636 or visit http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/. Phoenix Public Library is a system of 16 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/phxlibrary and “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/phoenixpubliclibrary.