From STEM to STEAM

My big idea for the day is to rename this endeavor from Debbie Does STEM to Debbie Does STEAM. The thinking behind it is that it will have a longer life, that there is already momentum building to incorporate the creative aspect of art, music, writing, into the STEM universe–I don’t want to end up with last decade’s name.

Here is a new version of the logo. I figure I will give it a few hours at least before I go making sweeping change!logo.fw

 

Nature Connects features stunning LEGO® artistry of Sean Kenney

I came across a 2014 news story out of Miami, when Zoo Miami hosted Creatures of Habitat, a traveling exhibition created by LEGO® artist Sean Kenney. The traveling exhibit, originally hosted at the Philadelphia Zoo, depicted nine animal species whose habitats are stressed–from a harlequin frog to a polar bear. Over a six-month period, Sean used more than 250,000 LEGO® bricks to build the animals. He used 95,000 bricks to build the polar bear!

So while looking to see if Creatures of Habitat was still making the rounds of the nation’s zoos, I discovered that Sean has another exhibit that is traveling the U.S. through 2018, Nature Connects. Here’s a description of the exhibition:

Nature Connects photoNature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Built from nearly one million LEGO pieces, this show features over 50 larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney.

Now, that sounds like something to see! It looks like the closest it is scheduled to show near Tucson is Salt Lake City in the summer of 2018. There are still openings for zoos, gardens, and museums to book the exhibit, so maybe there is a way to get this fantastic display of LEGO® artistry to Arizona!

 

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!