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 new venue. One exciting feature of this conference is that there are sessions aimed squarely at wedding STEM and art: printmaking, glass making, and jewelry making, all incorporating technology.

There is also a special 105-minute video game design workshop offered in the morning (and repeated in the afternoon).

And for homeschooling families, there is a session on STEM/STEAM projects for homeschoolers.

But wait, there is still the session that I am most looking forward to: Arizona Telemedicine Program’s Janet Major will present a session on ways to produce a virtual field trip!

I will post updates on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, and I will try to get photos from the conference published soon.