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Summer Ideas for STEM lessons

Posted By Linda Coyle, Sunday, June 24, 2018
Guest blog post from Angelo Fernando, Computers & Technology Teacher

Salt River Elementary, Salt River Schools

Office: (480) 362-2400  

Fax: (480) 362-2401 I


10 THINGS To Do in Summer WITH S.T.E.A.M.

There a many interesting things related to science and technology you could do during your long summer break.  Here are ten FUN ideas to get you started.

Click  on the attached file for ideas, directions and photos.  For other good ideas you can contact Angelo at the address posted above.

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STEM Professionals needed as Mentors

Posted By Linda Coyle, Monday, June 11, 2018

Seeking Diverse STEM Professionals for Summer Program With International Refugee Students

Are you an Arizona STEM professional with roots in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or elsewhere outside of the United States? Do you love your STEM job and have a "Coming to America” story that you can share? If so, we would love to have you join us in the final week of July to work with middle school refugee students on team building activities, design challenges, and STEM career explorations!

DatesMonday, July 23rd – Thursday, July 26th 
Time12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Daily 
Location: Central Phoenix

If you are interested in joining us for any portion of the program, please contact Kaci Fankhauser at by June 20th. There will be a summer program training session on June 22nd that all volunteers are highly encouraged to attend.


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Summer Resources for Students and Parents

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Are you looking for a place to enjoy some summer STEM activities for your children?

The Connectory is the go-to place to find STEM year-round and summer is the peak season. Many boys and girls-focused summer STEM opportunities are available. Search by location, dates, area of interest, and age group. Find an opportunity near you!

Visit this site for details:

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WIN! FREE Teacher PD this Summer

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, May 3, 2018


The Department of Energy is sponsoring a scholarship for one Arizona educator to attend REcharge Labs’ "REcharge Academy” in Virginia this July. It’s a week-long workshop that teaches educators how to incorporate renewable energy discussions and hands-on activities into the classroom. REcharge Labs is accepting scholarship applications through the end of May.


This is a great opportunity for teachers.  Contact Rachael for questions at the address below.


Interested in teaching students about renewable energy? Enroll in the 2018 REcharge Academy – you can even win a scholarship!


About the REcharge Academy

The REcharge Academy is a week-long educator training workshop on renewable energy. The intensive training blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content, as well as context. Participants learn how to build solar-powered cars and boats and wind turbines, as well get a deep understanding of the science behind these projects so they can teach renewable energy concepts in their classrooms. Check out the 2017 REcharge Academy Report to see what educators learned.


Dates:  July 23-27, 2018
James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA


Win a Scholarship!

The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is funding REcharge Academy scholarships for teachers in the 12 Wind for School States, including Arizona. Educators can apply for the scholarships through REcharge Labs here. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2018.


Have a question?  Send a note to


Rachael Ballard

KEH Communications

504 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Suite 6

Severna Park, MD 21146
(o) (410) 975-9638

(c) (443) 618-7014

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Blasting Through the Barriers- A look at the Arizona Mining Industry

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, April 19, 2018
The UA’s College of Engineering has developed a series of articles about the increasing diversity of the mining industry. The series, called "Blasting Through Barriers” profiles six students and alumni, including women, international students and one man who grew up in an Arizona mining family. 

We are highlighting these diverse STEM students and alumni by featuring a link to the stories below.  The U of A has released two of the six profiles and one intro story. All of the stories will be accessible through the intro story as they are published in the coming weeks. Here’s the link:

University of Arizona mining engineering students come from all over the world -- from the mineral-rich deserts of Chile to the alluvial diamond deposits of Angola, from the iron ore-filled plateaus of India to the copper mines of our very own Arizona.

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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

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