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COX CONNECT2STEM Awards are now OPEN!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, February 9, 2017
The COX CONNECT2STEM Awards are now accepting nominations.  Click here to submit a nomination.  The awards categories are:
 
Innovation Award for Business: Sponsored by Cox Business, this award recognizes the innovative way businesses educate and inspire tomorrow’s Arizona STEM workforce.
 
Creative Media Award: Sponsored by Cox Media this award recognizes the creative use of multi-media video and technology platforms that provide real stories and successes from the classroom, to the boardroom and everything in between.
 
After School Excellence Award: Sponsored by Arizona Center for After School Excellence, this award recognizes after school programs that are uniquely positioned to support STEM learning through hands on, project-based activities that expand on and enhance concepts from the school day.
Student Teckie Award: This award recognizes a student’s outstanding achievement in the pursuit of STEM education through leadership and advocacy.
Teacher Teckie Award: –This award recognizes innovative STEM teaching techniques in the classroom as well as through leadership and advocacy, making a system-wide impact on STEM in the community.
Each winner will receive a $1,000 grant to the STEM program of their choice along with recognition at the AZ SciTech event finale event in May and promotion on cox cable channels.
 
The nominations deadline is Tuesday, February 28th

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Join the U of A in teaching DNA Barcoding

Posted By Linda Coyle, Friday, January 13, 2017

The University of Arizona announces a new professional development opportunity for high school teachers in Arizona that are interested in learning the technologies involved in DNA barcoding.

Have you heard about DNA Barcoding? It is a method to classify and identify organisms by their DNA and provides great opportunities for your students to conduct primary research.

 

The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona is working with AZDOE Career and Technical Education to update and expand the teaching of biology. We will offer a 1-day professional development workshop on DNA Barcoding on Feb 11th . The workshop connects theory/background with a wet lab and with bioinformatics analyses, and it's going to be a lot of fun. This workshop is open to any science/biology/STEM educator interested in learning the technologies involved in DNA Barcoding, how to get support in implementing it in the classroom.

 

RSVP now at https://ems.azed.gov/Home/Calendar?sd=1932

 

For further information see the flyer attached and any of these links:

 

http://www.dnabarcoding101.org/lab/;

https://www.dnalc.org/resources/animations/dna-barcoding.html;

http://www.barcodeoflife.org/content/about/what-dna-barcoding;

http://www.dnabarcoding101.org/

 

If you experience any issues enrolling in the workshop, please contact myself or Molly Cohen at molly.cohen@azed.gov.

 

Thank you,

Uwe Hilgert

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National Youth Science Camp

Posted By Linda Coyle, Wednesday, December 7, 2016
TEACHERS- NOMINATE A DESERVING STUDENT TODAY: National Youth Science Camp
Two high school seniors have the opportunity of a lifetime - participation in the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).  Students receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight expeditions into a national forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to its participants so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge.  Tentative dates are June 14 – July 8, 2017.

The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest.
Application forms and more information are available on the NYSC websitehttp://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/.
Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2017.

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Dig into Mining Workshop Coming Up!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Explore Beyond Your Classroom Walls

withDig into Mining's Day of Learning

 

We hope you have enjoyedDig Into Mining's interactive educational resources and want to tell you about an exciting new learning opportunity!Tune-in live on December 13as we give middle school students around the country an exclusive behind the scenes look at the copper industry. Students will see why companies like Freeport-McMoran provide crucial, natural resources such as copper, and how it plays a role in our daily lives.

Students will also meet industry professionals, including Geologists, Mining Engineers, Metallurgists and Reclamation & Environmental Managers as we discuss different career paths and STEM applications found in each phase of copper recovery!

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During this Day of Learning, Dig into Mining will showcase a different phase within the mining process and answer student questionsLIVE at the top of each hour, from11AM ET to 2PM ET.This flexible format will allow classrooms to tune-in at a particular hour throughout the day.

Get Students Excited for the Live EventonDecember 13by using our virtual labs and digital interactives, like theDig a Little Deeper Virtual Laband theFrom Ore to More Virtual Lab.

Don't forget to share your photos and tweet us your questions during the event using #DigIntoMiningVFT.See you onDecember 13.

 

Questions? Email us atDigIntoMining@discovery.com

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K-12 Science Conference - January 21, 2017

Posted By Linda Coyle, Saturday, November 19, 2016

Engaging K-12 Students in Science for the Classroom and Life:

Sparking Curiosity, Exploring Ignorance/Unknowns, and Celebrating Diversity

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NEW DATE!!  Saturday, January 21, 2017 -- 8:00AM to 4:30PM

Arizona Health Sciences Center, DuVal Auditorium

Tucson, Arizona

 

We invite you to attend an interactive one-day National Institute of Health-sponsored conference for Arizona K-12 science/ biotechnology teachers to focus on engaging students in science in the classroom and in life. By learning, exploring, and implementing curiosity, ignorance, and questioning skills, your students can (re)discover the wonder of science applicable to their own lives. Format includes lecturettes, short videos, panel/audience discussion, and action planning. Topics will include:

§  Curiosity: An Addiction to Exploring Ignorance and the Unknown

§  From Germs to the Microbiome

§  What We Don’t Know About Zika

§  Students Creating Science Videos

§  The Diversity Pipeline and the Future Biomedical Workforce

§  Flexner 3.0 - Teaching Medical Science to Middle and High School Students

 

Come join us!

* Experienced conference faculty

* Complimentary breakfast and lunch

*$100 Stipend for first 75 teacher registrants (before Jan. 14)

*Free curricular materials for all registrants

*Networking opportunities

 

To register or for questions, please contact: Grace Wagner at: grace@surgery.arizona.edu

(520-626-6360).

 

 

 

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Dow and the Chemical Educational Foundation Grants

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hello, Educators ~

I wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity to win cash for your school.

Dow and the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) are teaming up to give K-8 students an opportunity to win up to $7,500 in grant funding for their schools' STEM program!  All you have to do is create a 60 second video that responds to the following prompt:

Chemistry is all around us.  We encounter it every day in items ranging from clothing to cars. We want to hear your take on how you think chemistry & STEM will change products we use every day in the future?

You should use your video as a platform to demonstrate an innovative and sustainable chemistry improvement idea for how you see something evolving in the future. The more imaginative you get with your ideas and videos, the better your chances are at winning a top prize!

The contest is open to K-8 schools in the United States. For full contest details and helpful tips, visit the contest page on DowCorps Facebook.
 
Important Contest Dates:
  • Upload your video to the contest page on Facebook from November 7th-November 13th to be entered.
  • Voting runs from November 14th-November 20th
  • A total of 10 winners will receive grants for the following amounts:
    • Dow & CEF's Top Pick will be awarded a $7,500 grant. The top 3 videos with most votes will receive the following grants: 1st place - $5,500, 2nd place - $3,500 and 3rd place - $2,500 and the top 2 videos from each grade grouping K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th whose school did not already win one of the top grants will win a $1,000 grant.
  • Winners will be announced on November 21st on the DowCorps Facebook page.
Submit your video this week! 
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Best of luck to all participating schools!

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Announcing Active Learning Day!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, October 20, 2016

Announcing:  Active Learning Day-October 25th!  The team from 100k in 10 with partners all over the state of Arizona are thrilled to provide lessons in experimenting with Active Learning! This resource is designed to help you find brief Active Learning activities that you can easily integrate into your classroom during the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Active Learning Day on October 25th, 2016 – and, of course, beyond! These brief activities, curated from and by 100Kin10 partners, leading organizations in STEM teaching, are divided by grade level and subject area and designed to facilitate Active Learning experiences for you and your students. SEE this LINK: https://activelearning.100kin10.org/Choose a grade band 

At the heart of Active Learning is the student experience.

Active Learning is when teachers create the opportunity and guide students to construct their own understanding of a big idea from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

To do this, teachers:

  • Engage students with "real world” problems that are meaningful and will take learning a big idea to solve.
  • Elicit what students already know about the big idea, and design an experience that might be hands-on but is always minds-on

In response, Students:

  • Explore and test their own notions about the big idea.
  • Explain what they have figured out for themselves before the teacher elaborates, fully engaging in the concept and activity.
  • Apply what they learned to solve their "real world” problem or extend their understanding by tackling a new problem.

As a result, Active Learning moves students to a deeper understanding of a STEM concept and improves their ability to use that concept to solve problems.  An Active Learning lesson might have all, just a few, or even one of the components described above. Active Learning engages students in the mindset of the new standards, including Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards – Math.

Curious to learn more? Check out this video (courtesy of Teaching Channel) and time guide below to see Active Learning in action:

Grade 6 / Math / Geometry
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Guide for video:

1:06-1:46: The teacher defines a real-world problem which students can relate to, makes sure that the challenge requires understanding/use of target concepts of perimeter and area and target practices to solve.

2:44-3:25: The teacher elicits students’ initial understandings in writing (flashes up in video) and in conversation about rectangles, area, and perimeter.

4:15-6:30: Students discuss the challenge among themselves and in groups explore their own ideas and approaches for solving the problem. Students recall, use, and test their notions of the concepts of area and perimeter and use target practices as they explore.

6:58-8:20: The class comes back together and students first explain what they figured out themselves – including algorithms they invented to solve this real-world problem – before the teacher elaborates.

9:15-12:15: Students work as a whole class to use their new understandings to solve the real-world problem.

12:05-13:32: Teacher helps students elaborate on and confirm the math concepts now deeply learned.

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Beginning STEM Immersion at the Grassroots Level- The Laveen STEM Advocates Group

Posted By Linda Coyle, Friday, October 14, 2016

Are you interested in implementing STEM into your School?

Join the Laveen STEM Advocates on their Journey!

The Laveen STEM Advocates program was initiated by Dr. Joe Roselle, the Director of Grants and Partnerships for the Laveen School District.  Dr. Roselle began this collaborative partnership between 20 schools in eight different districts, all with an interest in implementing STEM programs within their schools.  The schools have committed to meet five times during the school year, each with a goal of developing a targeted, strategic plan for STEM immersion. 

STEM education is an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning that provides hands-on and relevant learning experiences for students.  STEM teaching and learning goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge.  It engages students and equips them with critical thinking, problem solving, creative and collaborative skills, and ultimately establishes connections between the school, work place, community and the global economy.  STEM also helps students understand and apply math and science content, the foundations for success in college and careers.

The 20 schools, supported by Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA), Grand Canyon University, Rio Salado, the Arizona Business Education Coalition, and the Arizona Department of Education STEM leadership team, began the process by using the STEM Immersion Guide to ascertain their current level of STEM immersion. The Guide developed by SFAz and MCESA describes four levels of immersion from Exploratory, Introductory, Partial Immersion and Full Immersion.  The schools took a self-assessment designed to help target their initial levels.  They will either go deeper into their current level or move up a level.  In addition, each level contains program descriptors in six different categories; Leading, Teaching, Learning, Budgeting, Evaluating and Sustaining.

The schools will each select a site specific Design Team made up of Superintendent (or Assistant Supt.), Parents, Higher Education Member, Students, Geographically Significant Employer, Principal, District Board of Education member, Teacher(s), District Level Finance Employee and Civic Leaders. The Design team works to grow the STEM program organically within the community. Each site will have a different strategic plan based on the mission, vision, goals and objectives of their specific districts. 

In addition to learning strategies for integrating STEM into their schools, the partners will each be provided current professional development opportunities by STEM service providers, an extensive list of resources to business partners, and a collaborative network to share ideas and best practices.

To join this group of dynamic educators contact Dr. Joe Roselle at: jroselle@laveeneld.org

 

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Sharing Promising Practices in STEM Teacher Leadership

Posted By Linda Coyle, Monday, September 19, 2016

By Maria Salciccioli and Jessica Mislevy, SRI Education

 

Recently, expert practitioners in the field of STEM education, 

​Linda Coyle, Director of Education at Science Foundation Arizona ​

collaborated with researchers from SRI Education and Policy Studies Associates (PSA) on the development of an exciting resource for the U.S. Department of Education: stemteacherleadership.org, a website that addresses promising practices and challenges for preparing teachers to become Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher leaders.

 

STEM teacher leaders can play a crucial role in developing and delivering high-quality education to all students. They take on additional roles and responsibilities for improving STEM programming and supporting peers outside of their own classrooms.

 

The website is designed to spread awareness of the roles STEM teacher leaders can play, highlight ways districts and schools have approached teacher leadership, and help stakeholders think through challenges they may be facing in developing and supporting STEM teacher leaders.

 

Getting Started: Identifying Pressing Needs in STEM Teacher Leader Development Efforts

 

The initial charge for the researchers and practitioners was to promote a discussion of problems and promising solutions relevant to the broader field of STEM teacher leadership. To get started, SRI and PSA hosted a gathering in Arlington, Virginia that brought together over 60 diverse stakeholders from across the country with a shared interest in STEM teacher leadership. These teacher leaders, administrators, practitioners, and policymakers discussed the needs of the field, successes and challenges they’d personally experienced, and ideas to move STEM teacher leadership forward.


As the event wrapped up, attendees came to a consensus on the six most pressing topics to address in STEM teacher leadership:

 

·         Models of STEM Teacher Leadership

·         Elementary STEM Teacher Leaders

·         Administrator Support for STEM Teacher Leaders

·         Building Teacher Leader Networks

·         From Teacher Candidate to STEM Teacher Leader

·         Evaluation of Teacher Leader Programs

 

These topics became research action clusters (RACs), working groups that collaborated over the 2015-16 school year to dive into the particular issues of each topic. The RACs were staffed with expert practitioners who expressed a desire to extend the progress that was made at the convening and each group was facilitated by a senior researcher at SRI or PSA.

 

Shaping the Resource through Frequently Asked Questions and Inspiring Examples

 

Each RAC generated a list of frequently asked questions that stakeholders might have about each of the six topics—what might someone want to know about networks of STEM teacher leaders, or STEM in elementary schools?—and then worked to identify some exciting practices and potential solutions to those questions. To generate answers to the FAQs, RAC members had in-depth conversations with organizations that specialized in each of the topic areas to learn about their work, and drew upon their own professional expertise. Embedded within the FAQ answers are illustrative examples that seemed particularly promising for advancing STEM teacher leadership. These models vary in their size, scope, target population, and means of building STEM teacher leadership capacity, but they are uniformly rich, innovative, and teacher-focused.

 

Building a Culminating Web Resource on STEM Teacher Leadership

 

The final product is a web resource authored by expert practitioners in the field of STEM teacher leadership for use by other practitioners. Readers can access the FAQs and solutions by topic, such as evaluating teacher leader programs or how administrators can effectively support STEM teacher leadership. The information is also presented by stakeholder type, so readers can find a curated list of questions that are of particular relevance to audiences like state education agencies, secondary educators, or policymakers.

 

We encourage you to take a look at stemteacherleadership.org, and we think you’ll find information of interest, regardless of your role and your familiarity with STEM teacher leadership.

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INTERNSHIP PROGRAM SHOWCASE

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, September 1, 2016

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM SHOWCASE 

  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
3pm - 5pm
West-MEC Northeast Campus
1617 W. Williams Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85027

Building high value and sustainable internship- externship programs for high school students


Join us to meet West-MEC’s Staff, Medical Assisting students, and their externship business counterparts and hear their experiences with building a successful and sustainable workplace program.


After the inaugural year, West-MEC assigned 62 qualified students to externships with 62 unique sites. 36 students were offered jobs, and 60 sites will take externs again next year.

 

This self-sustaining program was launched with seed funding and resources from Science Foundation Arizona.


We look forward to meeting you!  See attached flyer for additional details.

RSVP to cvaningen-dunn@sfaz.org

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