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Thinking of adding Computer Science to your School's Curriculum?

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 classrooms with resourceful teachers see higher standardized test results

Research conducted with 3rd--5th-grade students in Broward County found that students who did extra CS Fundamentals activities, in classrooms of teachers who reported high levels of resourcefulness, had significantly higher scores on the Achieve3000 reading comprehension exam. But that’s not all. They scored significantly higher on Florida State Math, Science, and English Language Arts Exams too!

This is great news for the hundreds of thousands of teachers who are teaching CS Fundamentals, and we hope more teachers join them. It's also one of the first studies showing an association between studying computer science and higher student achievement on standardized tests, which is important for advocates of computer science everywhere. Read more about the study here.

If you are a CS Fundamentals Facilitator or a Regional Partner, you should take special pride in these results, and please take advantage of this news to help convince more elementary schools to teach computer science.

Growing momentum for CS across the USA

The momentum for CS is spreading across the United States. Our next update will share the full details, but to preview just the past three weeks, the Advocacy Coalition helped states pass new bills, policies, or funding for CS in AlabamaFloridaIdahoIndianaNew York, and Wyoming.

At the federal level, new grant guidelines prioritize funding for computer science in schools, and Congress’ 2018 federal budget has dedicated $50M per year for STEM and computer science.

Hadi Partovi,

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STEM Resources Available at the GCU STEM Innovation Spotlight

Posted By Linda Coyle, Monday, January 8, 2018

STEM Enthusiasts,


Welcome Back and Happy 2018!


We’re excited to announce the lineup for the Grand Canyon University STEM Innovation Spotlight in the GCU Arena on January 17th, 2018 from 9am-3pm


  • The keynote speaker from the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Young, leads the national cybersecurity effort behind STOP.THINK.CONNECT and will discuss the recent news behind the Meltdown and Spectre threats to the nation’s digital environment.
  • Local STEM organizations including AZ Regional Partner, AZ Science Center, Dream Factory, AZ Humane Society and the AZ Cyber Range along with many more will connect with educators to share valuable educational resources and opportunities for students.
  • Mobile STEM lab and Mixed/Augmented Reality demos and presentations will also take place.
  • STAX 3D Printing will provide a mini Wi-Fi enabled 3D Printer as one of the door prize giveaways!


You won’t want to miss this FREE, exclusive event! Seats are still available but are going fast, so please sign up today. Feel free to come for all or part of the event, but be sure to RSVP.

Register and join hundreds of other STEM educators and professionals for a day of networking

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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 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 event, is a global movement to introduce students to computer science across the world.  For details on the Hour of Code, see:

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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!


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: | url:

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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,
  • 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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PermalinkComments (0) 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 School Administrator, Counselor and Teacher Information Workshop!


Grand Canyon University (GCU) and Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz)’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, we share the vision that every student in every school in Arizona should have the opportunity to learn this important fundamental.  GCU, SFAz and 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 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. 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


Any questions, contact Kathryn Scott,

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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!


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:

Also, see this URL:

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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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