Night Wings Returns This Summer to Pima Air & Space Museum 7/23 & 8/27

Night_Wings_2016_FINAL (1)Explore the museum during the cool summer evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.! Hand-on kids educational activities in all hangars. Flight Grill open for dinner. The entire grounds open until sundown. Cost: Discounted admission $10 for adults and children 12 and under FREE! For more information about Night Wings, please visit http://www.pimaair.org/edu/family-events or email: education@pimaair.org

2015 SARSEF Cox Future Innovators Night

Crowd after Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke; notice Star Wars characters liberally sprinkled about.
Crowd after Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke; notice Star Wars characters liberally sprinkled about.

I had the pleasure of attending SARSEF‘s 2015 Cox Future Innovators Night on March 11 at the Tucson Convention Center. What a blast!

More than 75,000 STEM research projects were entered in Southern Arizona science fairs this school year, and 1,903 of them were selected to compete at SARSEF. The TCC exhibition hall was lined with tables displaying the projects, and students and their families spent the evening viewing projects and exhibits, being congratulated by a mayor, and learning the fine art of working with light sabers.

Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild congratulated both the students and their families for making STEM a priority in their lives. He was accompanied by an honor guard of Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader, storm troopers, Annakin Skywalker, Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Jedi knights, and Chewbacca (big thanks to the Dune Sea Garrison for taking part in the event!).

Over 40 organizations brought exhibits and demonstrations that highlighted interesting aspects of STEM.

Below is a gallery of photos I took of Southern Arizona’s future STEM innovators.

 

 

Tucson’s 2015 Arizona SciTech Festival events

2014 Family SCIFest at Children's Museum TucsonThe Arizona SciTech Festival‘s 2015 kickoff is January 31, with a fantastic downtown Phoenix event, Connect2STEM.

But what if you’re in Baja Arizona? What’s happening when? Give us our STEM!

The Arizona SciTech Festival website offers a sortable events calendar–if you’re looking for Tucson-area events, select Pima County and/or Southern Arizona as filters.

Here is an list of Arizona SciTech Festival events happening Tucson-way between now and the end of March.  Please click on the event titles for details.


Garden Talks

Friday, January 30, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


11th Annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Green Pathways

Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


STEAM TEENS Series at Main’s 101 Teen Space

EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY THROUGH MARCH 31, 2015
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Gardening Demonstrations: Warm Weather Vegetable Gardening

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Mad Science: Magnificent Magnets!

Tuesday, February 4, 2015
12:30 – 1:30p.m.


Felines of Arizona Educator Workshop

Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.


4th annual Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off

Saturday, February 7, 2015
All-day event


Children’s Storytime: Weather!

Saturday, February 7, 2015
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.


Mad Science: Science of Magic!

Saturday, February 7, 2015
2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.


Science Saturday: Animals in the Sky

Saturday, February 7, 2015
2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m


Greater Tucson Lego Club

Sunday, February 8, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Recycling!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.


Key to Employment for the 21st Century Symposium   ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL SIGNATURE EVENT!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Space!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Sahuarita SciTech – Science Passport Experience   ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL SIGNATURE EVENT!

Thursday, February 12, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Pima Air & Space Museum Volunteer Presentation Series

Saturday, February 14, 2015
10:00 a.m.


BASIS Oro Valley Engineering Expo

Saturday, February 14, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Imagine Rockets

Saturday, February 14, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Brick Engineers!

Saturday, February 14, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


STEMAZing Tuesdays: Engineer This! (K-8 teachers)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Children’s Storytime: Space!

Tuesday,February 17, 2015
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


Boom Wow! Stink Bugs, Skunk Beetles and More!

Tuesday,February 17, 2015
6:00 : 7:00 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Math!

Wednesday,February 18, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Create Club

Wednesday,February 18, 2015
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Bear Essential Educational Services’ Young Reporter Night

Wednesday,February 18, 2015
5:30- 7:00 p.m.


Preschool Storytime: Science!

Thursday,February 19, 2015
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.


Children’s Museum Tucson’s Family SCIFest   ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL SIGNATURE EVENT!

Saturday,February 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Hair-Raising Fun!

Saturday,February 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Pima Air & Space Museum Volunteer Presentation Series

Saturday,February 21, 2015
10:00 a.m.


How Things Fly

Saturday, February 21, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Mad Science: Spin, Pop, Boom!

Saturday,February 21, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Mad Science: Laser Light!

Tuesday,February 24, 2015
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


LEGO(R) Robotics Experience

Saturday, February 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Mathtastic!

Saturday,February 28, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Pop Culture Astronomy

Saturday,February 28, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Bats: Myth and Reality

Tuesday,March 3, 2015
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Science!

Wednesday,March 4, 2015
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


ToddlerTime: Math!

Thursday,March 5, 2015
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.


Children’s Storytime: Science!

Friday, March 6, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Marana Founders’ Day   ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL SIGNATURE EVENT!

Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Women in Flight” Exhibit Grand Opening

Saturday, March 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


ToddlerTime: Computers!

Saturday, March 7, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


Nature Through the Senses

Saturday, March 7, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Greater Tucson Lego Club

Sunday, March 8, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


SARSEF and Cox Communications Future Innovators Night   ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL SIGNATURE EVENT!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


SARSEF Project Viewing: Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair

Wednesday, March 11 – Friday, March 13, 2015
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Tucson Festival of Books – Science City   ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL SIGNATURE EVENT!

Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Imagine Rockets

Saturday, March 14, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Brick Engineers!

Saturday, March 14, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Wings and Wheels at the Pima Air and Space Museum

Sunday, March 15, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Tucson Festival of Books – Science City   ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL SIGNATURE EVENT!

Sunday, March 15, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Mad Science: Slime!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Big Hunk Candy Bars and Geology

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Building and Construction!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.


Babytime: Building and Construction!

Thursday, March 19, 2015
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.


ToddlerTime: Building and Construction!

Thursday, March 19, 2015
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.


Mad Science: Fire and Ice!

Thursday, March 19, 2015
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Bricks 4 Kidz

Friday, March 20, 2015
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Family Fun Storytime: Uniquely You!

Saturday, March 21, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Children’s Storytime: Building and Construction!

Saturday, March 21, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


How Things Fly

Saturday, March 21, 2015
1:00  – 2:30 p.m.


Garden Talks

Friday, March 27, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


LEGO(R) Robotics Experience

Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.


Family Fun Storytime: Ninja Science!

Saturday, March 28, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


 

 

Connect2STEM kicks off the Arizona SciTech Festival during Super Bowl Weekend

Logo for Connect2STEMMy most recent guest blog post for the Arizona SciTech Festival is about Connect2STEM, the Festival’s 2015 kickoff event that happens Saturday, January 31 from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. in downtown Phoenix. To write it, I talked with Allison Otu, Director of Outreach and Communications at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. Her excitement and enthusiasm about the upcoming event was contagious–I am contemplating making the four-hour round trip drive up there to experience it myself!