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Governor Ducey Participates in the Hour of Code

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 11, 2017

Governor Doug Ducey visited the Phoenix Coding Academy on Monday to kick off Computer Science Education Week. Recognized nationally, Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in the field of computer science. Computer Science Education Week also recognizes the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who was instrumental in the creation of the first computer-language translator, which led to one of the first business-oriented computer languages, COBOL. Her true legacy is in her inspiration of future generations, especially young women, to become programmers and computer scientists.

During his visit, Governor Ducey joined Principal Seth Beute, Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Chad Gestson, and industry partners from Verizon, Go Daddy, Amazon, Uber, Microsoft, Apple, Google and several others to discuss the importance of increasing opportunities for Arizona students to participate in high-quality computer science education. The governor engaged in "Hour of Code” activities with students and teachers during his visit. 

"Computer science plays a significant role in revolutionizing business & industry, creating new fields of commerce, and driving technological breakthroughs across all fields of science,” said Governor Ducey before his arrival to the event. "I’m looking forward to kicking off Computer Science Week at Phoenix Coding Academy and seeing firsthand their commitment to providing Arizona students with rigorous, high-quality computer science education that equips them for today’s job-market.”

As part of Computer Science Education Week, there are 469 planned "Hour of Code” events in schools across Arizona, including many in rural communities. The "Hour of Code” events are sponsored in partnership with Code.org with the goal of teaching computer science in a fun and creative way that appeals to children of all ages and backgrounds.  The Hour of Code, a Code.org event, is a global movement to introduce students to computer science across the world.  For details on the Hour of Code, see: https://hourofcode.com/us.

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Earth-Moon Relationship Workshop for Teachers

Posted By Linda Coyle, Monday, November 27, 2017
The Arizona Science Teachers Association in partnership with the Planetary Science Institute is hosting a workshop on Earth-Moon Relationship in Prescott Valley on Saturday, December 9th.  


Fees:  $25 ASTA Members; $40 Non-ASTA Membres

Attached is the flyer.  Registration includes teaching materials, 6 CEUs,  and opportunity for teachers to borrow materials from the Planetary Science Institute.




For questions contact Sara Torres at: 

Sara Torres
ASTA Executive Director
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
1601 E University Blvd., PO Box 210091
Tucson, AZ 85721-0091

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Seeking Volunteers for Robotics Tournament in East Valley of Phoenix

Posted By Linda Coyle, Monday, November 20, 2017

Hello STEM Supporters,

We are currently seeking volunteers for the upcoming FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics tournament on December 9 at the ASU Polytechnic campus. This event provides teams of children ages 9 through 14 the opportunity to share their robots, research, and teamwork skills to a broad audience.  If you have never been to an FLL tournament, you are in for a treat! Please share the attached flier with friends, family and colleagues. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you!

Jen

Volunteer Coordinator

FLL Tournament, ASU Polytechnic Campus

 

Jennifer Velez, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator Senior, EPICS High

Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering 

P.O. Box 875506 | Tempe, AZ 85287-5506

office: 480.965.0100 | fax: 480.965.2557

e-mail: jennifer.velez@asu.edu | url: http://outreach.engineering.asu.edu/

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ABEC Annual Conference coming up October 27, 2017

Posted By Linda Coyle, Friday, October 20, 2017

"Steering into the Future"

ABEC Annual Conference

Friday, October 27, 2017

Desert Willow Conference Center

The speed of change is at a pace that is unprecedented in human history.  How do you see this affecting the public education system? Are our classrooms today capable of meeting the challenges of the future? Are our current and future teachers  prepared with this pace of change in mind?   Do we have systems in place between educators, business leaders, our communities and our political leaders to address these needs?

What role or effect does public education have on workforce development and the economy?

Are our students on track to be competitive in a global economy?

Business, education and community leaders will challenge our concepts and awareness of the public education system of the future at this year’s ABEC Annual Conference.

Leaders representing various education stakeholder groups will share their vision for the state’s education system and what action we need to take to get there. An incredible list of speakers include:

  • Don Budinger, Chairman & Founding Director, Rodel Foundation of Arizona
  • Jacqui Clay, Cochise County School Superintendent
  • Lattie Coor, Chairman & CEO, Center for the Future of Arizona
  • Marilee Dal Pra, Vice President of Programs, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • Lily DeBlieux, Superintendent, Pendergast Elementary School District
  • Paul Dale, President, Paradise Valley Community College
  • Diane Douglas, AZ State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Julie Euber, Manager of Education and Outreach, TGEN
  • Neil G. Giuliano, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Leadership
  • Paul Kulpinski, Partnership Director, LAUNCH Flagstaff
  • Ron Shoopman, CEO, Southern Arizona Leadership Council
  • Steve Watson, Maricopa County School Superintendent
  • Cameron Wilson, COO, Code.org
  • Steven Zylstra, President & CEO, AZ Tech Council


Early Bird Rates end at midnight, October 22, 2017.

Register now to lock in your seat at the early bird rate.

Register Now!

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Code.org Admin and Counselor Workshop Coming October 30th!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Friends of STEM and Computer Science!

 

It is time for our annual  Code.org School Administrator, Counselor and Teacher Information Workshop!

 

Grand Canyon University (GCU) and Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) Code.org’s Arizona Regional Training Partner is doing our part to raise awareness of the increasing need for computer science in our classrooms and as after school programs. Together with Code.org, we share the vision that every student in every school in Arizona should have the opportunity to learn this important fundamental.  GCU, SFAz and Code.org are working together with school districts across our state to  complete a K-12 computer science pathway for all schools in Arizona.

 

Come and learn about the no-cost opportunities for your schools to participate in elementary, middle and high school computer science training to prepare teachers, equip them with online curriculum, tools and the support that is needed to introduce and facilitate this 21stcentury skill.

 

To learn how your school can participate we encourage your attendance at our Code.org Administrator and Counselor Workshop, Monday, October 30, 2017, as we expand our Computer Science Fundamentals (Grades K6), Computer Science Discoveries (Grades 7-9), and AP Computer Science Principles (College Board approved) high school curriculum across the state.

 

Code.org Administrator and Counselor Workshop

Date:  Monday, October 30

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Grand Canyon University

Address:  3300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85017

 

Please feel free to forward this email to any interested educator.

 

Please let us know you will be coming.  RSVP https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/2951/enroll

 

Any questions, contact Kathryn Scott, Kathryn.scott@gcu.edu

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Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Competition is now OPEN!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Are you looking for project-based learning for your STEM classroom? The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Competition might be right for you.  It is the world's largest K-12 science competition and promotes active learning and research into science/STEM related topics. 


Want to add a fun, competitive element to your classroom that encourages a life-long love of STEM? Engage your students through the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision science competition! ExploraVision is open to K-12 students and engages young minds in real-world problem solving with a strong emphasis on science, creative thinking, and Next Generation Science Standards goals. Winning teams receive savings bonds, classroom prizes, an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to present their ideas to scientific leaders, and much more.

Download our FREE downloadable Tips for Teachers guides for more information! All K-12 students and teachers in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to participate in ExploraVision. Register now!

ExploraVision

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision

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Join a "Science Cafe" at ASU!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The ASU physics dept. started a SCIENCE CAFE!

The 1st cafe is WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27 at the original CHOPSHOP in Tempe at 5:30pm

Original Chopshop  is at  222 East University Drive
  (just west of Newman Ctr & Catholic Church at the NW corner at College Avenue).

Our first discussion will be with Mr. Mahdi Sadjadi on the Wonders of Glass.
Mahdi is a physics PhD student at ASU.
"We are surrounded by glass, yet we know very little about it!
We talk about glass at small scale about lightweight but strong glasses and their bizarre properties".

Come prepared to join the discussion and support local business: sandwiches, wraps, bowls.
    The menu is at this URL: originalchopshop.com/menu/


Also, see this URL:  www.sciencecafes.org/

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APS and the Phoenix Sun's offer mini STEM grants for Educators

Posted By Linda Coyle, Friday, September 8, 2017

Arizona Public Service Co. and the Phoenix Suns are partnering to offer Arizona teachers grants up to $2,500 for science, technology, engineering and math projects during the 2017-18 school year.

The Suns and APS have partnered during the past decade to offer mini-grants for hands-on projects in Arizona's public and charter K-12 schools. The partnership has provided $500,000 to Arizona educators since its start 10 years ago.

Arizona teachers have until October 8th to apply for these STEM mini-grants for the 2017-18 school year.  STEM projects can be a great way to engage students in active project based learning.

A total of up to $50,000 is available for these grants during this current school year, according to APS.

Applications for these STEM mini-grants, as well as the program's information and criteria, are available online. Recipients of the grants will be notified about their status by November 8, 2017.  Apply today!

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FREE Science Resources from the Burton Family Foundation

Posted By Linda Coyle, Sunday, August 6, 2017
Hi All,
I wanted to share a very exciting program for our rural high schools across the state sponsored through Society for Science & the Public and The Burton Family Foundation:

The Burton Family Foundation would like to give Science News to High School programs in rural high schools across Arizona. Additionally, if a school does not have access to a classroom set of tablets or other computers, The Burton Family Foundation may be able to supplement their funding to include a classroom set of electronic devices to the school.

 

If you’re not familiar with the program already, SNHS is a resource that aims to boost science literacy for every U.S. high school student – and gives teachers easy ways to bring today’s science developments into teaching.

 

School administrators, science teachers, librarians or anyone else interested on behalf of a high school can learn more at https://www.societyforscience.org/science-news-high-schools  and can sign-up directly at:https://societyforscience.tfaforms.net/45.

 

If you have any other questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to Anna Rhymes, the SNHSProgram Manager, at arhymes@societyforscience.org.  She will be able to answer any further questions and to give a more in-depth explanation of the program and its unique offerings. 

 

All the best,

Lisa Icenroad

 

Lisa Icenroad

Program Manager, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

 

1719 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036-2801

202.872.5152 (phone), 202.785.1243 (fax)

licenroad@societyforscience.org

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COMPUTER SCIENCE POST DOCTORAL STUDENTS & THEIR NEED FOR BROADER CAREER DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCES

Posted By Linda Coyle, Friday, July 21, 2017

Guest Blog:  Dr. Len Fine, SFAz Fellow, formerly Professor & Director, Undergraduate Studies, Columbia University

 What’s this about?   It’s about a computing conference and convening in Flagstaff, Arizona, The Nation’s First STEM CITY.   The events was part of a “Foundational Model for Postdoctoral Programs in Computer Science and Engineering at Large Universities: PostDoc BP-Arizona”

The paradigm is shifting! In recent years, the combined needs of academic departments, industrial research laboratories and government agencies have led to dramatically increasing numbers of postdoctoral positions in computer science and engineering. Data from research show that the numbers of recent Ph.D.s pursuing postdocs following graduate school increased by more than 300%, soaring from 60 in 1998 to 249 in 2011. And the beat goes on.

The continued success of the discipline notwithstanding, as research organizations continue to channel many more young researchers into these positions, it is incumbent upon the computing and computer science community to have a clear understanding of the best practices associated with pursuing, hosting, and nurturing postdocs. They must be more than just workhorses for a research agenda.

The intent of this program is to articulate best practices for the several constituencies involved with special emphasis on the Computer Science and Engineering (CS&E) and to better serve the wider science and engineering communities that are linked together by computer science. It builds on recommendations aimed at realistically satisfying the career expectations for a postdoc, expanding the professional duties of the advisor who directly supervises the postdoc, and extending the responsibilities of the host organization beyond local professional needs. It also defines the supporting role that the Ph.D. advisor must assume if the pipeline is to be adequately primed and maintained. Importantly, there are roles and responsibilities for each of these constituencies before, during and after a postdoctoral experience.

In partnership with Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and led by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the program addresses national and societal needs in Computer Science, providing the platform for a new postdoctoral experience in Computer Science and Engineering (CS&E). The program addresses three aspects of the current CS postdoc model:

1.     Postdocs are often not exposed to the bigger picture: practices beyond the specific laboratory and interests of the advisor/mentor. At a crossroads in their career, postdocs are often over-focused on research at the expense of career development and advancement.

2.     The responsibility placed on the advisor/mentor is high and may be overwhelming, as it involves responsibilities to mentor one or more postdocs, manage other students and staff, maintain an active research portfolio, and develop ongoing project ideas. The advisor/mentor is recognized as one of the most important factors for the success or failure of a postdoc’s career.

3.    Organizational infrastructure at all levels--from the department to the office of research— tends to lack mechanisms to train and otherwise support postdocs. This can be ascribed to the postdoc’s interstitial employment status. Postdocs are generally considered momentary contributors within the larger research apparatus and their diminished visibility results in decreased opportunities.

The focus is on Computer Science and Engineering (CS&E) postdoctoral researchers within ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering (SCIDSE) and extended state-wide through UA and NAU. The goal is to design innovative postdoctoral programming and the implementation of best practices at large, research intensive, metropolitan universities for wider dissemination and application.

The SFAz Computer science and engineering (CS&E) postdoctoral best practices initiative in partnership with ASU and in collaboration with UA and NAU held a 2-day program in Flagstaff that brought together 40 postdocs, faculty and industry partners for a series of events that brought to focus career workshops on successful grant-writing, intellectual property, and assessment of broader impacts of IT and Informatics. R&D seminars featured environmental sustainability and Big Data issues, policies and practices. Hosting the diverse event was Professor Paul Flikkima and the NAU School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems (SICCS). Lowell Observatory provided an evening astronomy after dinner event for all attending. The program (attached) was exciting and engaging, and begged for follow-up programs… now being planned for late in the fall, in Flagstaff and Tucson, and in Phoenix.

SEE ATTACHMENT FOR DETAILS!

 

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