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Arizona SciTech Blog

This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Track: Arts & Sneaky Science 

In this session, Pre-K & Gradeschool educators will learn about the Reggio Emilia philosophies and how to incorporate works of art from Davinci to Money into the sciences. 

First, attendees will choose an artist and go through the steps of analysing the art with spacial reasoning. Then, they will use that reasoning to accurately recreate the art, down to teaching proportions for mixing primary colors to creating the secondary colors they will need.

 

Presenter: Angela Watson, Teacher, Western Valley Reggio Emilia Child Care Center  

   

 

 

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Track: STEM in Education

In this session, teachers will explore air pollution through hands-on investigations taken from Kids Making Sense, a global environmental education program designed to bring real world science into the classroom.

Participants will learn about particle pollution: how it forms, common sources, and methods for measuring particles in the air. Then they will take science outdoors and record real air quality data in real time using small, hand-held sensors and cell phones. Sessions are recorded, saved through an app and uploaded onto an online map for analysis and discussion. The Kids Making Sense curriculum and resource kits are available for check out to schools in Maricopa County at no cost through the Maricopa County Air Quality Department.

 

Session Lead: Jenny Frank, Education Outreach Coordinator, Maricopa County Air Quality Department 

 

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Track: STEM in Education

The session will start with background information about what stormwater is (rainwater once it hits the ground).

We’ll discuss where stormwater goes, and the type of pollution that can get into our stormwater and travel to our local waterways. Together we help prevent water pollution (clean up trash, pick up pet waste, wash cars at commercial car washes, dispose of yard waste correctly, etc).

Time permitting, we will do a hands-on activity with participants that show the affects of water pollution by creating a watershed out of a piece of paper. Teachers can do this exact activity with their own students. Attendees will also receive handouts describing the free lessons offered offer in classrooms for students grades K-8 in Maricopa County, as well as handout some promotional items (pens etc). I also plan to give out promotional items throughout the workshop to help engage the audience.

 

Session Lead: Katrece Swenson, Outreach Coordinator, Maricopa County Stormwater Quality Program 

 

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Track: STEM in Education

Come explore how Arizona State University has developed interdisciplinary STEM education resources, grounded in education research and specifically designed for middle and high school educators and their needs.

Research evidence has shown the value of both active learning and adaptive feedback (VanLehn, 2011; Freeman et al., 2014); both have been incorporated in two types of exploratory activities. These two types of exploratory activities include (1) immersive, game-like, space explorations and (2) virtual field trip earth explorations. Activities engage STEM learners with interdisciplinary examples such as: using models to explain phenomena like solar eclipses, deriving Kepler’s third law of planetary motion, connecting Mars rover site data to Earth observations, and collecting global evidence for the mass extinction of dinosaurs.

Every experience includes fully defined 5E lesson plans and alignment documents for both formal and informal audiences with embedded teacher and time management tips, and misconception alerts. Receive your personal invitation to join the Infiniscope Teaching Network, a digital platform that empowers a community of educators to collaborate, create, customize, and share these next-generation exploratory activities with other network members. Experience examples of active learning, adaptive feedback, customized experiences, and experiences built from scratch in a professional development program coming soon.

 

Session Lead: Jessica Swann, Community Manager, Infiniscope

 

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Track: STEM in Education

This collaborative lunch is an informal way for educators and STEM leaders who want to collaborate and share their STEM activities. Bring your favorite STEM project or activity, and pass them around to share as we discuss one of our favorite topics and fight the “decline in physics!”

 

Lunch Meetup Leader: Scott Hogan, Math Teacher, Desert Edge High School 

      

 

 

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Track: STEM Workforce & Our AZ Community

 

The news is full of stories discussing how large the deficit in CyberSecurity careers are today, but what does that really mean and how do we get students the right backgrounds to be prepared for them?  This discussion will cover just that and much more!  Join a panel of CyberSecurity experts who will help define CyberSecurity, share their career paths, talk about common career paths today and how to get started. 

 

  • Panel Moderator: Kristy Westphal, CyberSecurity  

 

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Track: Bridging the STEM Barriers

With a background in marketing, in various for profit and not for profit companies, Kyle wondered, “How can I pair the passion and commitment to community progress of a non-profit with the sustainability and reach of a for profit company?” From this question and perspective a mission evolved to tear down the false distinction between the two sectors and to promote companies with Conscious Capitalism® business models through MAC6.

Kyle is the President and Creative Excitant of MAC6. Day to day, his main operational role is on the “spaces” side of the business, focusing on creating thriving communities in the commercial office buildings, the co-working space, and the co-manufacturing space. The other role that he plays is that of EOS implementer, working with a number of clients to bring the Entrepreneurial Operating System, from the book Traction® to their businesses. Additionally, he sits on the boards of Conscious Capitalism Arizona, telling the stories of good businesses in Arizona, and The Tempe Chamber of Commerce, sustaining Tempe’s quality of life and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

Kyle loves Arizona and wants to see us all collectively find great success based on the awesome things that are happening here every day.

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Track: Bridging the STEM Barriers

 
In this panel, we will discuss possible ways for community leaders (whether educators or managers) to teach gender parity to classrooms, ways to encourage gender equality at a young age, and how to approach the conversation. We will provide material for teachers and parents to take home.

This panel works with ideas for teaching gender parity starting young and bring awareness of it to our everyday lives, all while trying to identify unconscious biases

 

  • Panel Moderator: Lauren Witte, Director, Marketing + Communications, Arizona Technology Council 

   

 

      

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Track: STEM in Education 

Forty 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. 

Developed by: 

Each participating school forms 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. 

October 3rd marks the launch of year three for this innovative group, kicking off the 2018-19 school year at the Mesa Arts Center. Members will identify challenges to focus on, do site visits, figure out what’s needed to address 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 in Education 

Forty 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. 

Developed by: 

Each participating school forms 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. 

October 3rd marks the launch of year three for this innovative group, kicking off the 2018-19 school year at the Mesa Arts Center. Members will identify challenges to focus on, do site visits, figure out what’s needed to address 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

 

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