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Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem

It’s that time of year again when the Arizona SciTech Festival presents its kickoff conference, gathering together Arizona’s educators and STEM outreach community for a day of learning. This is the event’s seventh year! This year’s conference, Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem, is being hosted by the Mesa Center for the Arts. I am looking forward to the…

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PCC STEM Innovation Challenge

What is Pima Community College’s Innovation Challenge? Students engaging STEM to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Mentors from the STEM business community sharing their knowledge and experience with students. Community members coming together at an October showcase to explore the ways PCC fosters STEM learning. It is also a series of workshops. Five mentors presented pitches…

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Sign up for Jr Shark Tank Today!

Is your student a born Entrepreneur or Inventor? Do they have interest in Business, Engineering, Technology or Science? Are they thrilled by a challenge? Then S.Y.STEM Coalition’s Junior Shark Tank Competition is the summer program for them!! From June 6-July 30th*, S.Y.STEM Coalition is conducting a scholarship competition for high school students in Tucson hosted at…

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Wrap-up from 21st Century STEM: Integrate 2 Innovate

I spent two full days in downtown Phoenix at last month’s 21st Century STEM: Integrate 2 Innovate conference. This ambitious event was presented by the Arizona STEM Collaborative (AzTEA-Arizona Technology in Education Association, ASTA-Arizona Science Teachers Association, AATM-Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics) and Science Foundation Arizona. Keynote addresses from Hadi Partovi and Elizabeth Holmes…

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Exploring Brains in London

When there is STEAM to be done, I don’t restrict myself to the United States, or even North America. I just got back from a week in London and between the amazing springtime weather, the history, the food, and the science, I had a blast! These photos are from London’s Natural History Museum‘s Human Biology…

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Who Provides the STEAM in Tucson and Southern Arizona?

Green saguaro with clouds of steam above it, with words STEAM in the Desert

Ever wonder about the organizations behind the STEM and STEAM programs in Southern Arizona? Here’s a quick roundup, in no order but alphabetical, of just a few of the *whos* responsible for the amazing learning opportunities that happen here!   LOCAL Bio5 Institute at the University of Arizona http://www.bio5.org/ Biosphere 2 http://b2science.org/ Children’s Museum Tucson http://www.childrensmuseumtucson.org/…

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Why Was THA Community STEM Festival Different From All Others?

Earlier this month, Tucson Hebrew Academy, a private K—8 school in Arizona, presented its first-ever Community STEM Festival. Since attending the event, I have talked with people who were also part of the festival, both exhibitors and visitors, and universally I have heard words like amazing and terrific used to describe their experience that day.…

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Exploring STEM at 2015 SARSEF Future Innovators Night

I had been waiting a while to catch this moment and SARSEF‘s 2015 Future Innovators Night was my chance. This child was checking out the Mad Science Tucson display at the event, and I just happened to be walking past. In fact, the resident mad scientist running the display was about to pack up his equipment…

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