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

Arizona’s teachers embrace the challenge of teaching STEM in the 21st Century

What does it take to create a conference for STEM teachers? If you’re in Arizona in 2016, it takes vision, determination, and a dash of moxie. The 21st Century STEM: Integrate 2 Innovate Conference on January 22-23 brings teachers from all corners of Arizona and the United States to the Phoenix Convention Center for two days. They … Continue reading Arizona’s teachers embrace the challenge of teaching STEM in the 21st Century

Agents of STEAM Goes to Baltimore

I stayed overnight in Baltimore earlier this month and discovered an unexpected museum across from my airport-area hotel. Next time you are near BWI, consider making a stop at the National Electronics Museum. It is packed with fascinating gadgetry, and every exhibit functions perfectly! Many of the docents worked at Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems , headquartered … Continue reading Agents of STEAM Goes to Baltimore

Poetry, dendrology, and astronomy unite for Moon Tree Celebration

Four University of Arizona organizations will come together on Friday, October 30, to commemorate the planting of the UA’s moon tree. Truly a STEAM event, the Poetry Center, the Lunar and Planetary Lab, the Tree Ring Research Laboratory, and the Campus Arboretum will celebrate the sycamore that graces the UA campus between Flandrau Science Center and … Continue reading Poetry, dendrology, and astronomy unite for Moon Tree Celebration

Transcending Barriers One Line of Code at a Time

Snippet of computer code

Coding is moving mainstream. Rafts of articles are showing up on business and education sites, touting the benefits of teaching kids to code. One of the biggest things that gets lost in the noise is the idea that learning to code is simply learning another way to communicate, just another language. These languages differ from … Continue reading Transcending Barriers One Line of Code at a Time