Arizona SciTech Blog
This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM “CRUSH 1011” MAKES HISTORY
[Tucson, AZ], April 25, 2017– Sonoran Science Academy’s CRUSH 1011 competed this past week at one of two, concurrently-held, international FIRST World Championships. CRUSH was invited to compete at the FIRST World Championship after both winning the Colorado Regional and earning the Colorado Regional Chairman’s Award. At the event, held in Houston, Texas, last week CRUSH competed with 400 teams from around the world.
On Thursday and Friday, CRUSH 1011 competed with 67 other teams to determine team rankings, securing an 8th seed position overall. On Saturday morning, the top eight teams were tasked with selecting their four-robot alliance for the division elimination rounds.
The FIRST competition revolves around alliances that are comprised of four individual teams. CRUSH was selected first overall by the number one seeded team, FRC Team 973. FRC Team 2928 and FRC Team 5499 were also selected by Team 973 and this “West Coast alliance” went undefeated in the division elimination rounds to become the Division Champions.
All five division champion alliances then faced off on the “Einstein Field” through fifteen semi-final rounds to determine the two alliance teams that would compete in the final. CRUSH 1011 was thrilled to be part of one of the alliances that advanced to the finals, where they CRUSHed it to become the first ever Arizona team to win the FIRST World Championship.
However, their journey isn’t over yet. On July 28th & 29th, CRUSH will compete in an exposition with the winning alliance from the other FIRST World Championship, held in St. Louis. July’s event, held at a school near FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire, is called the “Festival of Champions” and will be an opportunity for CRUSH to compete and celebrate FIRST.
Dr. Adnan Doyuran, Principal at Sonoran Science Academy Middle/High School commented, “Sonoran Science Academy’s CRUSH 1011 was the first FRC team in Tucson in 2004 and are now the first robotics World Champions from the state of Arizona. This is really an amazing achievement and so well-deserved! This program encompasses so many areas, from marketing and communications, to budget planning and yes, to building robots. It requires incredible commitment from the students but also provides an invaluable, real-world experience of assembling a team to achieve a specific goal and we are so pleased to be able to provide this unique opportunity to or students”.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 1989. Their mission is to inspire young people to pursue science and technology. The organization, based in Manchester, NH, designs accessible, innovative programs motivating young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. For more information about their FRC program, visit www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc
Sonoran Science Academy Tucson is a K-12 school emphasizing a STEM curriculum, located near River and La Cholla. For more information about the school, please visit www.sonoranschools.org/tucson.
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SUMMER BRAIN QUEST’S Nationwide Summer Kick-Off Party will take place in Phoenix at Changing Hands Bookstore on May 20, 2017. America’s No. 1 educational bestseller, with more than 44 million copies in print, BRAIN QUEST® is releasing a new series of educational workbooks aimed at stopping the summer slide by making summer learning fun for kids and easier on parents.
Families are invited to the SUMMER BRAIN QUEST’S Kick-Off party, a FREE event hosted in Phoenix by local mom blogger and event planner Bettijo B. Hirschi of PagingSupermom.com, on May 20, 2017 from 10 am until noon at the Phoenix Location of Changing Hands Bookstore (300 W.
Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013).
This FREE family outing will be educational, fun and interactive, featuring hands-on crafts, educational games, fun photo opportunities and light snacks. Admission is just $12.95 for the whole family and includes a goody bag with one SUMMER BRAIN QUEST® workbook (a $12.95
value) to take home.
SUMMER BRAIN QUEST® combines the interactive creativity of the well-loved BRAIN QUEST® decks with a choose-your-own-adventure game element that will keep kids learning all summer long. The workbooks also encourage outdoor activities and include achievement stickers that make learning a flexible game that can be approached from different directions. This approach is what educators call personalized learning.
In six titles, for kindergarten to 6th grade, SUMMER BRAIN QUEST® covers math science, social studies and English language arts. BRAIN QUEST® was developed with an advisory panel of five distinguished educators to ensure that its content aligns with national and state standards.
More details about the Phoenix SUMMER BRAIN QUEST® Kick-Off Event can be found here: http://www.changinghands.com/event/may2017/family-summer-brain-quest-kick
Description: In this exciting hands-on day camp, students will be introduced to the engineering design process while they learn and use basic science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) concepts like simple machines, electric circuits, Arduino microcontroller programming, music, and storytelling. The project-based approach will emphasize problem identification, brainstorming, problem solving, rapid prototyping, teamwork, and communication. The camp will culminate with the design and construction of a giant thematic Rube Goldberg®-style chain-reaction machine! Session 1 of the camp is for ages 10 – 15, and Sessions 2 and 3 are for ages 11 – 16.
Session 1: March 6 – 10, 2017; Registration: http://www.regonline.com/steamlabs-session1
Session 2: March 13 – 17, 2017; Registration: http://www.regonline.com/steamlabs-session2
Session 3: March 20 – 24, 2017; Registration: http://www.regonline.com/steamlabs-session3
Camps run from 9 AM – 5 PM. Students must provide their own lunches.
Session 1: i.d.e.a. Museum, 35 North Robson Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Sessions 2 and 3: ASU TechShop Chandler, 249 East Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225
Fee: $200 per student
Questions? Contact Dr. Shawn Jordan, Arizona State University at Shawn.S.Jordan@asu.edu
For more information or assistance, contact Governor Ducey’s press office: (602) 542-1342.
The Modeling Instruction Program in the ASU Department of Physics has addressed a severe shortage of qualified physics teachers in Arizona since 1998, even while the number of local physics teachers doubled. Since 2005 we have addressed a shortage of local chemistry teachers as well. A surplus of biology teachers exists, and we have prepared many of them to teach chemistry and/or physics.
Physics is STEM! Physics is a true STEM course, when Modeling Instruction is used. It includes more math, technology, and engineering than any other high school science course.
Actions for sustainability in 2015-16:
* Special recognition for first-time supporters Air Products and ON Semiconductor.
* Special recognition to long-time supporter Salt River Project and first-time supporter Western Alliance Bank (to finance a fall 2016 chemistry Modeling Workshop in the West Valley).
* Increased participation on Sun Devil Giving Day by 100% and raised more than $2000 for scholarships. Teachers and the community that benefit from this program also support it!
Recent news stories:
ASU graduate courses in summer 2016:
Enrollment increased: 76 physics and chemistry teachers — 63 in Arizona and 13 from out-of-state — participated in four peer-led Modeling Workshops and three other graduate courses. Included were four teachers sent by the Ministry of Education in Singapore. This brings their total to 47 teachers in ten years. Singapore students have highest math and science scores in international tests; this is strong evidence for the high quality of Modeling Instruction.
Courses are content-intensive; and integration of physics, chemistry, and math is emphasized. The ultimate target is not the teachers themselves but their students. Therefore each course addresses the subject at a level that prepares them to entice and inform their students.
We are thankful for our two major donors, The Boeing Company and Salt River Project. Their donations for program support and partial tuition scholarships made our summer 2016 program possible. ASU tuition is unaffordable for most teachers. For 6 years, we have not been eligible for state grants, so we serve half as many Arizona teachers, with one-fifth the budget. We are thankful for partial tuition scholarships provided also from donations by Air Products, ON Semiconductor, & numerous individuals, and payout from our scholarship endowment fund.
About Modeling Instruction:
Modeling Instruction is an innovative, effective hands-on pedagogy: it is guided inquiry structured by modeling principles. It develops in students the ability to analyze data, reach a conclusion and defend it; and it emphasizes experiment design. Other 21st century skills developed include scientific use of computers and probeware, teamwork, and verbal and written communication skills. Students become self-directed, independent learners. It is aligned with the National Research Council (NRC)’s Framework for K-12 Science Education, the research-based document upon which the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been developed.
Student achievement on tests of concept understanding is typically double that of traditional instruction. A modeler wrote, “One can only imagine the future of science if only we all could understand the power of modeling.”
Effect of ASU Modeling Instruction in Arizona:
Since 1998, 1000 unique Arizona teachers have taken 15-day Modeling Workshops. We estimate that 100,000 Arizona students benefit each year.
Modeling Instruction is used in many schools in Greater Phoenix; for example, Hamilton High School in Chandler USD, Red Mountain High School in Mesa USD, Mountain Pointe High School in Tempe UHSD, Arizona School for the Arts, Tempe Preparatory Academy, some Great Hearts Academies, Estrella Mountain Community College, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Our main school partner is Phoenix Union High School District.
Guest Author: Karla, chief science officer, Sundance Elementary School, Oct 1, 2016
“I think that my role as CSO can impact science culture at my school by: spreading the word, bringing excitement into my school, and bring new science events to my school. At my school, not many people like science and I want to change that because I feel that science is an important skill that you will use in life whether you know it or not.
The main way I can Impact science culture at my school is by bringing new science events to my school. To do that I need to do the following:
▪ Make the events exciting– I can venture out to all grade levels, ages, and genders so that there is something that interests everyone and not just a certain group of people.
▪ Spread the word– by making different posters, advertisements, and even talking to my peers to try and get them interested. If I have my peers on board with me, then they could spread the word to where the whole school can hear what’s going on. I could also use the school “Mustang Media” news channel that is shown in the mornings to spread the word even further.
▪ Bring excitement– I can take into people’s ideas and considerations so that they feel like they have a voice in out school’s science culture. Doing this, will make students want to come to these events because they know that it’s their idea and they want to see it come to life.
Doing these things as a CSO at my school, can bring an apprising into the school so that people start to love science and don’t just see it as a subject that they have to learn at school. I want them to see it as an opportunity for a science related career and an open window into their future. The students that attend my school feel like they won’t use anything they learn in science in their life so they don’t pay attention and end up flunking the classes. If they flunk these classes, then they won’t be able to have a future or a career and I believe that everyone should have both of those things.”
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Exploring by Dogsled, Kayak, Kite Skis
Legendary polar adventurer shares life-long journey, changing environment observations with
Flagstaff Festival of Science
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – They call it sustainability now, but that’s just the way he wanted to live. From his off-the-grid cabin in far Minnesota near the Canadian border to his more than 50 years of wilderness expeditions, polar explorer Will Steger’s life journey has followed three main paths: a deep concern for the environment, a tireless expedition spirit, and a passion for educating others about human impacts on the planet. This month, his journey takes him to Northern Arizona to kick off the Flagstaff Festival of Science – The Science of Change – as the Shoemaker Keynote Presenter, Friday, Sept. 23, at Northern Arizona University.
“I’ve been on the ice when it was breaking up in the Arctic Ocean. In Greenland in 2008, in the early summer ice was thawing at 7,000 feet, which is unbelievable. I’ve seen it (climate change) at the very beginning and all the runs in the polar areas you can’t do anymore, the ice isn’t there, which is pretty shocking. I feel I have a really intuitive perspective of what’s happening. I took my eyewitness account, shared the stories, and it captured people’s attention.”
Steger has traveled tens of thousands of miles on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history by dogsled, kayak and kite skis. Long-time Flagstaff residents may recall Steger’s visit as the Festival’s original keynote speaker in 1990, after leading the first dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply. During the trip, he and his human and canine team members were sponsored by W. L. Gore & Associates of Flagstaff, and outfitted in waterproof GORE-TEX® fabric.
The Flagstaff Festival of Science, Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, is offering more than 100 free science education activities featuring space exploration, endangered plants and animals, drones and robots, a dissecting workshop and Arizona’s own prehistoric reptile Arizonasaurus babbitti. Events include the Flagstaff Star Party, Science in the Park, SCI Talks, guided hikes into the forest, and open houses at research stations and museums. The 10-day Festival also will offer field trips to archaeological sites during the National Park Service’s centennial year and celebrate 130 years of science on the Coconino Plateau with the Babbitt Ranches Landscape Discovery Expo at Arizona Nordic Village!
Free tickets to Steger’s presentation, “My Life as an Explorer,” will be handed out at the door, on a first-come, first served basis. They can be picked up or printed out in advance through the NAU Central Ticket Office (nau.edu/cto; 928-523-5661).
The Festival is made possible through the generous support of businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals. Major sponsors include the City of Flagstaff/BBB Revenues, Flagstaff Arts Council, Northern Arizona University, W. L. Gore & Associates, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Peaks Audio, Babbitt Ranches and the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff.