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Verizon partners with SFAz and GCU to bring CS Education to AZ Teachers and Students

Posted By Linda Coyle, 3 hours ago

Science Foundation Arizona and Grand Canyon University are proud to announce Verizon as a supporting partner our Computer Science Regional Partnership Program, as we bring CS/Coding to teachers and students all across Arizona! To see more on Verizon's efforts to support STEM and CS, see:

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Posted By Mollie O'Reilly, Monday, June 12, 2017



 What’s new and exciting in STEM Mentoring? Glad you asked!

Three (3) STEM community HUB projects, in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Sierra Vista, are collaborating and are planning to launch the new school year with an event in Sierra Vista. This will be an engaging day for STEM teachers and leaders that is expected to mirror the successful community HUB leadership projects held previously in Flagstaff (2016) and Phoenix (2015 and 2014).  (For more information refer to the blog of October 23rd, Mentors and Mentoring: Giving Voice to STEM )

The goal and focus of the Sierra Vista event is to bring STEM rural communities to the attention of those who need to know what’s happening, especially government and industry, academe and philanthropy – agents and agencies that can make a difference.

The day will include a discussion on a novel interim assessment protocol for ENLIST with a plan to test, the focus of which is the focus of which is the active mentoring of students and faculty within the framework of a STEM Hub. ENLIST partners Arizona State University (ASU) and Rio Salado Community College (RSC) are the proposed pilot test sites.

In addition to which a field demonstration of CISCO Telepresence is planned to test virtually connecting classrooms and institutions globally in real time that can be a blended model of STEM instruction for all of rural Arizona… led by Sierra Vista, reaching out into and beyond its community. Nice!

For more information contact: Dr. Len Fine –

 Finally, thank you to Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) from all the ENLIST partners for your continuing support of the ENLIST program, a STEM Communities Project.

In attached photo  you will see - The 3rd Annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration brought together members from the community, businesses, parents and students all in celebration of STEM. Flagstaff is the first recognized "STEM City” in the nation.


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SFAz's Community College Network Provides Grant Support of Hispanic Serving Community Colleges

Posted By Linda Coyle, Friday, June 9, 2017

L.A. Mission College Receives $200K NSF Grant to Boost Biotech Program

Dr. Parvaneh Mohammadian, Principal Investigator

Los Angeles Mission College was recently awarded a $200K ATE grant from National Science Foundation,DUE-1700152.  The success of this grant award is an outcome of working collaboratively with Science Foundation Arizona through the KickStarter Process, under National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-1450661.  See also the LAMC press release

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Adding CS "unplugged" to your summer fun!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Introducing Computer Science Unplugged

Have you thought about adding some Computer Science to summer fun, but were unsure how to do it?  Introduce your summer school kids, or your own children to CS Unplugged:

CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. The activities introduce students to underlying concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details we usually see with computers. CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from elementary school to seniors, and from many countries and backgrounds. Unplugged has been used around the world for over twenty years, in classrooms, science centers, homes, and even for holiday events in a park!

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Great Science Training for Educators!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Have you heard the news?  AZ is reviewing the Science Standards.  What does that mean?  
It means that the committee members are reviewing the current research on science education to design new standards. 
Are you familiar with the research that the committee is using??  Have you heard about A Framework for K-12 Science Education?  3-Dimensional Instruction? Phenomena?  Big Ideas?  Learning Progressions?
Do you want to know how they all connect?  Are you interested in learning how to teach science with the 3-dimensions?  Are you looking for support?  
Eastern Arizona College
1 day face-to-face workshop
4 webinars
15 CEUs*
Receive a copy of A Framework for K-12 Science Education 
A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching & Learning
Through a one-day workshop and 4 webinars, ASTA in partnership with ADE will help you connect the dots and develop lessons that intertwine the 3-dimensions as proposed in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.  Participants will earn 15 CEUs and have the option to participate in online discussion to earn an additional 5 CEUs.
The 1 day workshop will be taking place on Friday, June 9th, 9 am - 4 pm at Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher AZ.  Click here for registration.
Attend and participate in 4 online meetings  (Adobe Connect, 7:30 p.m. 1.5 hours):
Thursday, June 15
ThursdayJune 22
ThursdayJune 29
ThursdayJuly 6

* Can earn up to 20 CEUs by participating in online discussions

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2017 STEM "Vital Signs" are out for Arizona

Posted By Linda Coyle, Saturday, May 20, 2017

Change the Equation posts new Vital Signs for Arizona STEM 

Business leaders in Arizona cannot find the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent they need to stay competitive. Students' lagging performance in K-12 is a critical reason why. The good news is that the nation's most effective STEM education programs can help turn the tide.

Arizona students have already made real progress in math over the past decade. Yet not enough Arizona students, least of all minorities, have the chance to learn challenging content to prepare them for college and careers, and math and science teachers say they lack the resources they need. In addition, science does not yet seem to be a priority in Arizona. Students spend little time on science in elementary grades. 

For the detailed report go to:

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Apply to pilot test Engineering Everywhere

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, April 20, 2017

Apply to pilot test Engineering Everywhere

Do you want to help us develop our newest Engineering Everywhere units? Apply to become a pilot educator this summer!

We are pilot testing two units:

  1. Testing the Waters: Engineering a Water Reuse Process: Youth investigate water quality and filtering technologies to engineer a process to reuse water in an extreme environment. 
  1. Worlds Apart: Engineering Remote Sensing Devices: Youth design remote sensing devices to gather data about a mystery moon for scientist partners.

As a pilot educator, you will:

  • receive an educator guide and materials needed to complete the hands-on activities for up to 24 youth
  • complete approximately eight activities with middle-school-aged youth in summer camp by August 28th, 2017
  • administer assessments to the youth in your summer camp to help us understand how the unit impacts their attitudes about engineering
  • earn a stipend as thanks for your participation
  • MA-only: Attend a focus group at the Museum of Science, Boston on August 28th
  • AZ-only: Attend a focus group at Northern Arizona University, date TBD

To qualify, fill out the application by Friday, May 5th at 5 PM!

For additional information, contact:

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UA Engineering Design Day: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over

Posted By Linda Coyle, Wednesday, April 12, 2017

UA Engineering Design Day: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over

Senior projects for 2017 include an exoskeleton to help a student walk, tree-pollinating drones and drone destroyers, and a robotic umpire who can’t be disputed. Catch all the action on May 1.

Engineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona’s Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students intend to prove it.

"Engineering Design Day is our biggest event; there’s nothing else like it,” said College of Engineering Dean Jeff Goldberg. "It is the ultimate proving ground for our students and a unique opportunity for employers to see on a grand scale what our students, with industry and faculty partners, can achieve.”

People of all interests, abilities and ages will marvel at the 100-plus tools and technologies to improve health, safety and national security; boost cost- and energy-efficiency and worker productivity; mine big data and manage big mines; strengthen and secure communication networks; and make faster, lighter and smarter planes, trains, self-driving cars and rockets. Some projects are designed to save lives, others to save time and money. 

The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.

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Diving Deep into Energy K-12 Teacher Symposium

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Diving Deep into Energy K-12 Teacher Symposium
June 2-3, 2017 at Biosphere 2
2 days of learning from experts and sharing of resources

Registration is now open.  Space is limited.  Registration closes May 25.
Cost:  $100 ASTA Members; $115 Non-ASTA Members
Lodging available  in Biosphere 2 Casita June 1 and June 2 - $80/night

The two day symposium includes speakers focused on the 7 Principles of Energy Literacy.  They include:

  • Principle 1: Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws. - Presented by Dr. Elliott Cheu, Assistant Dean of College of Science, U of A
  • Principle 2: Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system – Presented by Dr. Kevin Bonine of Biosphere 2
  • Principle 3: Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system. - Presented by Dr. Gene Giacomelli, Co-Technical Investigator, Prototype Mars-Lunar Greenhouse, CEAC, U of A
  • Principle 4: Various sources of energy can be used to power human activities, and often this energy must be transferred from source to destination. – Presented by Mr. Kevin Rolfe from SRP – The Story of Coal
  • Principle 5: Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors. – Presented by Ms. Mary Fosdick, Environmental Scientist from Tucson Electric Power
  • Principle 6: The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.  – Presented by US Green Buildings Council
  • Principle 7: The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices. – Facilitated by DaNel Hogan, Former Einstein Fellow with Dept of Energy/ASTA Region VI Director – will lead NEED Global Trading Game Curriculum Resource

There will be designated time for teachers to work in grade levels to crowd source ideas, share lessons and resources and discuss alignment to standards.

In addition, participants will tour Biosphere 2 and be able to network with educators, scientists, and industry leaders.


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Engineering Workshop April 1, 2017

Posted By Linda Coyle, Monday, March 27, 2017

"No Fear; You're the Engineer" this weekend, Saturday April 1.

Whether you teach early elementary, elementary, junior high, high school biology or physical sciences at the community college, this engineering workshop is designed specifically for you! Activities planned for this event include:

·         Designing simple circuits with your elementary school students

·         Building a roller coaster for middle schoolers using simple materials

·         Challenging upper middle or high school students to invent their own game based upon the classic 'Operation

·         Using a simple motor to lift a load or generate wind for high school students

STEMteachersPHX is excited to present a multi-level engineering workshop. We are confident that you will walk away from this workshop with strategies and ideas you can immediately use in your classroom. The professional training you will receive is designed specifically for your needs, no matter what grade level, or subject you teach.



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