Analysis of the costs to operate Willy Wonka's Chocalate Factory today.

What Would Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Cost Today?

By Debbie | March 27, 2020

From pricing a chocolate river to estimating healthcare costs for Oompah Loompah workers, the folks at Advanced Technology Services bring you a great analysis of what Willy Wonka would spend today on that amazing plant. Find out the details at

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Quarantine Blues? Fire up the Internet!

By Debbie | March 19, 2020

Looking for ways to keep busy while you are maintaining physical distancing? Here is a collection of online resources to make the time fly. It is geared for older adults, but there are plenty of things that would appeal to all ages.

Join Tucson STEM Community at Westbound MSA Annex 11/13

By Debbie | November 12, 2019

Tucson STEM Community brings Southern Arizona’s STEM outreach network together a few times a year for drinks and conversation. The next gathering is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Westbound at the MSA Annex (just north of the new Caterpillar building west of downtown). More information on the Tucson STEM Community…

Investigating Cybersecurity in Arizona

By Debbie | February 4, 2018

Explore opportunities to learn about cybersecurity in Arizona. This was compiled from notes taken at the AZ Cybersecurity Forum. I attended the forum’s Tucson location, and other locations joined in virtually from around the state, including Prescott, Mesa, and Sierra Vista.

Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem

By Debbie | August 30, 2017

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…

Forbidden Planet | Shakespeare in the Stars

By Debbie | March 28, 2017

Forbidden Planet is tonight’s featured movie at The Loft to celebrate the National Evening of Science on Screen. Released in 1956, the movie adapts Shakespeare’s The Tempest to a setting on another world. UA Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and author Chris Impey will discuss the future of space travel before the screening. More at The…

Celebrating a birthday in style with UA College of Science lecture

By Debbie | March 5, 2017

I am looking forward to the final lecture in the UA College of Science Spring Lecture Series this year, because it falls on my birthday. What better time to contemplate reality!                 Domesticating the Quantum Presented by Pierre Meystre, Editor in Chief, American Physical Society Monday, March 6…

Uplifting messages to the world travel into the stratosphere and back again

By Debbie | December 16, 2016

World View and TMC for Children cooked up a holiday project for kids in Southern Arizona: Have the children write letters to the world expressing their hopes and dreams, then send those messages aloft in a balloon to travel into the stratosphere and back. Once the messages were recovered after their trip to the edge…

NASA JPL engineer Nagin Cox: “I didn’t know it would be like *this*!”

By Debbie | November 18, 2016

When she was fourteen years old, Nagin Cox dreamed of working at JPL. But as the NASA JPL engineer explains in this engaging and inspiring keynote address for the Pima Community College STEM Innovation Challenge Showcase on October 15, 2016 in Tucson, AZ, she didn’t know working there would be like this!

PCC STEM Innovation Challenge

By Debbie | August 30, 2016

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…