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Arizona SciTech Blog

This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.


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

      

 

 

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


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 

 

      

 

 

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


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

      

 

 

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


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!  


Track: STEM in Education

One of the goals of this workshop is to provide educators with nanoscience content that can be easily integrated into the traditional classes that they teach. 

During this workshop, educators will learn about nanotechnology and its fundamental concepts, AND will have the chance to practice some topic-specific activities. Educators will leave the workshops with information and ideas – and confidence to bring this emerging technology content to their students.

 

Host: Nano-Link: Center for Nanotechnology Education (Funded by the National Science Foundation) 

 

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


Track: The Latest & Greatest in AZ STEM

Back by popular demand, come see what amazing STEM talent awaits at our Fifth Annual Arizona’s Got STEM Talent Show! We will have about 6-7 “acts” for the session featuring STEM leaders from all over Arizona!

Each team will have 3-5 minutes to present their demo. YOU choose the winner. 

 

Host: Basha High School’s Science IS Fun Group! 

 

Do you have a STEM talent that you can showcase in 3 minutes or less? If so, let us know. We are looking for some of Arizona’s top STEM Talent to showcase as part of our 5th Annual Arizona’s Got STEM Talent session. Please email Marisa Ostos at mostos@aztechcouncil.org ASAP if you are interested! 

 

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

Track: STEM in Education

Scott Flansburg, known as The Human Calculator® (a nickname given to him by television star Regis Philbin) is an educator, speaker, Guinness World Record holder, bestselling author, and host of ‘The Human Calculator’ tv show on the History Channel International. 
 

 
Scott has been teaching mental math shortcuts and entertaining people around the world and on television with his superhuman skills for more than 28 years. He earned this nickname as a result of his remarkable abilities to perform rapid mathematical calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots and cube roots with amazing speed and calculator accuracy using only the power of his mind.
 
Scott is a multi-award winning Guinness World Record holder for the “Fastest Human Calculator” which includes correctly adding a randomly selected two-digit number (38) to itself 36 times in 15 seconds without the use of a calculator (faster than a person could do with a calculator). According to a recent scientific study, his mental calculations are faster than his ability to speak the answers. 
 
Now an elite “edutainer,” Scott travels the world speaking to educators, parents, corporate leaders, and thousands of students each year, teaching them about mental math and demonstrating his world record abilities. His mission is to help people improve their basic arithmetic skills regardless of their age, and show them that numbers can be fun. Scott is an accomplished author of two very successful books published by HarperCollins, ’Math Magic’ and ‘Math Magic for Kids.’
 
 
Scott frequently makes appearances on many of the leading talk, radio and news programs including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, Stan Lee’s SuperHumans, Discovery Channel’s More Than Human, Dateline, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, Larry King Live, NPR, CNN, ESPN and USA Today.
 
Additionally, Scott has been the featured keynote speaker for many major corporations, organizations and events including: AT&T, DIRECTV, NASA, IBM, Polaroid, Unocal, Math Counts, Software Publishers, Tony Robbins Seminars, The Smithsonian Institute, Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as well as thousands of appearances at schools and companies around the world.
 
 
The Human Calculator®, Scott Flansburg, is dedicated to helping both students and adults overcome their fears related to numbers and arithmetic. He believes everyone has the ability to do mental math and is on a mission to help everyone feel comfortable and confident with numbers in everyday life. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 

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