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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Startup STEM Camps for Middle and High School Students

Startup Tucson A Venture Community logo

As new technologies transform the world around us faster than ever, entrepreneurship is becoming an essential skill for the 21st Century. Startup Tucson’s Startup STEM Camp will introduce attendees to cutting edge technology and teach entrepreneurial skills to solve problems, improve the world, and start businesses. This week-long camp will feature technology demonstrations and guest…

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Event report: THA Community STEM Festival Was Fantastic

The weather was splendid and the turnout was terrific for Sunday’s Tucson Hebrew Academy Community STEM Festival. There was just the right mix of exhibits to vigorously interact with alongside others that allowed for quieter inspection. More than twenty exhibitors participated in THA’s first foray into bringing STEM to a wider audience. I enjoyed the…

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TechDivas and DigiDudes Technology Summer Camps

Flyer for UA Eller College of Management 2015 Tech Summer Camps, TechDivas DigiDudes

Four weeks of summer camps, with a different tech focus each week! Camp 1   June 1–June 5  DigiTech Marketing Agency (digital marketing) Camp 2  June 8–June 12  HelloWorld! Software Co. (software development) Camp 3  June 15–June 19  Cyber Art Co. (2D and 3D graphics) Camp 4  June 22–June 26  Not A Robot Inc. (21st Century…

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Bringing the Stars into Your Living Room

Blue portable planetarium inflating in living room

I got a sneak preview of Portable Planetarium Presentations‘ upcoming new show Aliens! in a friend’s living room. Yes, that’s right, the company has designed an even more portable planetarium that can fit in a living room. I sat inside the planetarium with about 20 children and adults to discover the connections between pop culture and…

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Talking STEM with the Mayor

This afternoon, I had the privilege of joining DaNel Hogan, director of The STEMAZing Project, for her meeting with Tucson’s Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. DaNel presented him with a quick outline of this summer’s STEMAZing Institute, three days of superlative professional development for Southern Arizona’s K–12 teachers. Teachers will choose from seven strands: Dark Skies: From Light…

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Come for the sludge, stay for the STEM (and STEAM)

I was lucky enough to tag along on a trip to the Pima County Tres Rios Wastewater Reclamation Facility with Sonoran Desert Homeschoolers. The facility is on the SW corner of Ina Road and I-10, just north of the sports park. First, everyone should know that there was almost no smell at all. None. I did…

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2015 SARSEF Cox Future Innovators Night

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…

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