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Arizona SciTech Blog

This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Track: Art, Design Through STEM 

Today’s students are savvy media consumers, engaging with entertainment, advertising, and games in novel and surprising ways. Our educational materials should reflect the skills and literacies of audiences raised in immersive story worlds like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Harry Potter. In this panel, Bob Beard of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, Steve Peters of No Mimes Media, and Dennis Bonilla of Variable Labs will discuss how they use tools like Virtual Reality and Alternate Reality Games to encourage critical thinking and meaningful engagement with STEM topics.

 

Panelist 

Dennis Bonilla, Chief Technology Officer, Variable Labs 

Bio: Dennis Bonilla serves as the chief technology officer of Variable Labs, which creates immersive virtual reality experiences. He has over 15 years of experience in technology development, including extensive work in the aerospace and science fields. He has previously directed design and development efforts for large scale projects for NASA and other U.S. federal agencies and has supported committees advising the President of the United States about options for future human spaceflight.

Steve Peters, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, No Mimes Media

Bio: Steve Peters is an Emmy-winning experience designer and the founder and chief creative officer at No Mimes Media, a studio that creates and produces stories and experiences that unfold across multiple platforms and channels Prior to his role at No Mimes Media, he was VP of Experience Design at Fourth Wall Studios, where he worked on projects like the interactive web series Dirty Work and “6 Minutes to Midnight” for the feature film Watchmen). Prior to that, he worked at 42 Entertainment on projects including “Why So Serious?” for the feature film The Dark Knight.

Bob Beard, Public Engagement Strategist, Center for Science and the Imagination, bob.beard@asu.edu 

Bio: Bob Beard is the Public Engagement Strategist for the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he produces content, public programming, exhibitions, and experiences at the intersection of science, engineering, and the humanities. Prior this role, he worked in the media industry with stints at CBS Radio, Village Voice Media, and most recently PBS, where he developed national brand, communication, and outreach strategies. His research interests focus on performance, identity and authenticity in fandoms and communities of practice.

Moderator: Joey Eschrich, Editor and Program Manager, Center for Science and the Imagination, jpe@asu.edu

Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager for the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. He is the co-editor of Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction (2016), and his writing has appeared in Slate, Zócalo Public Square, and the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. He also serves as the assistant director for Future Tense, a partnership of ASU, New America, and Slate magazine that explores emerging technologies and their effects on society and culture.

*If you are interested in contacting Dennis Bonilla or Steve Peters, please do so by emailing Moderator Joey Eschrich at jpe@asu.edu

 

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Track: STEM Instruction 

Come learn about and experience a journey that develops STEM Identity in students! STEM Identity is critical for students to pursue rigorous STEM courses in high school, post-secondary education and career pathways. This session provides an overview with experiences that deliberately provide supports for teachers in a shift towards STEM instructional strategies and help students see themselves as STEM professionals.

MCESA is taking a holistic approach and partnered with STEM companies to provide role models to middle school students to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math. “STEM Identity helps encourage students to build confidence and competence in STEM areas and boost their persistence leading to future STEM careers”. One goal of STEM Identity is to help students perceive themselves as future scientists, technology specialists and engineers, despite growing up in communities where such careers may not be frequently modeled. Learn how MCESA engages an educational journey to spark the imagination of the next generation of STEM Professionals!

Link to Publications and Blogs about ESI: http://mcesa.info/esioverview

(Developing Tomorrow’s STEM Professionals in Rural Arizona Schools) https://i3community.ed.gov/impact-stories/2120

(Grantee Spotlight) https://i3community.ed.gov/impact-stories/2256

White Paper on Engineering STEM Identity

 

Presenters 

Contacts and Presenters:

Gale Beauchamp: Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) Project Director, Gale.beauchamp@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Office Phone: 602-372-7295

Bio: Gale Beauchamp is the Engineering STEM Identity Project Director for the Investing in Innovation Development grant with MCESA. Gale has a passion for connecting business professionals with education to support students and teachers with real-world engagement and pathways to future education and careers. Central to the Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) program is authentic and experiential learning for students to identify with STEM professions and deepen the pedagogical content of teachers.

Jamie Vought: ESI STEM Coach, Jamie.vought@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Jamie Vought is the STEM Coach for the Engineering STEM Identity grant through the MCESA i3 grant. She provides job-embedded content and pedagogy coaching support for teachers as they implement inquiry-based learning experiences for students. She has a passion for education and inspiring students to pursue life-long STEM education and career pathways.

 

Arlynn Godinez: ESI Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert (PCK), Arlynn.godinez@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Arlynn Godinez is the Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert with the Engineering STEM Identity grant with MCESA’s i3 grant. She works with STEM Professionals and teachers to help provide authentic, real world connections between business and industry and schools. She is passionate about children and learning, believing it is important to provide all children with equitable pathways to success

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: STEM Instruction 

Come learn about and experience a journey that develops STEM Identity in students! STEM Identity is critical for students to pursue rigorous STEM courses in high school, post-secondary education and career pathways. This session provides an overview with experiences that deliberately provide supports for teachers in a shift towards STEM instructional strategies and help students see themselves as STEM professionals.

MCESA is taking a holistic approach and partnered with STEM companies to provide role models to middle school students to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math. “STEM Identity helps encourage students to build confidence and competence in STEM areas and boost their persistence leading to future STEM careers”. One goal of STEM Identity is to help students perceive themselves as future scientists, technology specialists and engineers, despite growing up in communities where such careers may not be frequently modeled. Learn how MCESA engages an educational journey to spark the imagination of the next generation of STEM Professionals!

Link to Publications and Blogs about ESI:

Engineering STEM Identity Overview
Developing Tomorrow’s STEM Professionals in Rural Arizona Schools 
i3 Grantee Spotlight 

 

Presenters 

Contacts and Presenters:

Gale Beauchamp: Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) Project Director, Gale.beauchamp@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Office Phone: 602-372-7295

Bio: Gale Beauchamp is the Engineering STEM Identity Project Director for the Investing in Innovation Development grant with MCESA. Gale has a passion for connecting business professionals with education to support students and teachers with real-world engagement and pathways to future education and careers. Central to the Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) program is authentic and experiential learning for students to identify with STEM professions and deepen the pedagogical content of teachers.

Jamie Vought: ESI STEM Coach, Jamie.vought@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Jamie Vought is the STEM Coach for the Engineering STEM Identity grant through the MCESA i3 grant. She provides job-embedded content and pedagogy coaching support for teachers as they implement inquiry-based learning experiences for students. She has a passion for education and inspiring students to pursue life-long STEM education and career pathways.

 

Arlynn Godinez: ESI Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert (PCK), Arlynn.godinez@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Arlynn Godinez is the Pedagogical Content Knowledge Expert with the Engineering STEM Identity grant with MCESA’s i3 grant. She works with STEM Professionals and teachers to help provide authentic, real world connections between business and industry and schools. She is passionate about children and learning, believing it is important to provide all children with equitable pathways to success

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: Art, Design Through STEM 

Join RealTimeSTEAM for outlines, tips and resources to aid in telling a compelling story of discovery while accurately reflecting the scientific process.

If you have any question contact us via information@realtimesteam.org

 

Presenters

  • Eileen Kane, CCO, RealTimeSTEAM
  • Brian Johnson, COO, RealTimSTEAM, PhD candidate, Biodesign — ASU
  • Rebekah Brubaker, CEO, RealTimeSTEAM

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: STEM Instruction 

3D technology (printing and scanning) are taking over the world at an incredible. We used to talk about the world of 3D printing but now we talk about 3D printing the world. Learn about the newest in professional level 3D technology that is now affordable and accessible for the K – 12 classroom. See printers that can be used in engineering, art, ceramics, modeling, medical, and other applications.

Learn how bring the future of innovation, design, prototyping, and inventing to your classroom today

 

Presenter 

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: STEM Instruction 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices, houses, cities and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig. The reality is that the IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can’t even think of or fully understand the impact of today.

Learn how to bring the innovators spirit and “making” to bring the IoT to your K-12 classroom.

 

Presenter 

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: Festival & Event Planning 

This session offers a look into how the seasoned pros re-think and re-design to keep their S.T.E.A.M activities and event current and fresh for their audience. Join the conversation and find out how they do it, why they do and how they stay motivated. Come check out the contagious enthusiasm.

 

Presenter 

 

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Track: Festival & Event Planning 

This session offers a conversation around how to engage community in S.T.E.A.M activities and generate excitement about how community members can play an active roll. Interactive, hands on community learning will be the focus.

 

Presenters 

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: Festival & Event Planning 

Hosted by Cyndi Coon of Laboratoy5 Inc. This meet up will be a fun gathering. 

For: Anyone interested in sharing S.T.E.A.M event best practices, from idea generation to planning to implementation and community outreach. This is an opportunity to both share and learn.

 

Presenter 

 

Register for the 7th Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference: “Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem” today!  

Track: Festival & Event Planning 

Social media in S.T.E.A.M is like every other messaging business. Social media is a party where you meet people and build relationships. Join the panelists in this session to learn more about creating and cultivating social relationships with your current and future audiences.

 

Presenters 

 

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