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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Startup Tucson, Thryve, and YWCA Join Forces to Support Culture of Entrepreneurship

Schedule for Thryve Demo Day Summer2015

August evenings can be unpredictable in the Old Pueblo, but Startup Tucson and Thryve caught a real break Wednesday night when they presented Thryve’s Demo Day Summer2015. The temperature was perfect, and the brief spritz of raindrops was only refreshing, not drenching. The YWCA Tucson‘s spacious courtyard hosted the evening’s preliminary event, Startup Drinks, with free…

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Focus on Pluto

July was all about Pluto and other small bodies in our solar system. Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, debuted a brand-new FullDome planetarium show, Exploring New Horizons, as part of its Pluto Week celebration. The show focuses on Pluto and NASA’s New Horizons mission that is at this moment…

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Exploring Brains in London

When there is STEAM to be done, I don’t restrict myself to the United States, or even North America. I just got back from a week in London and between the amazing springtime weather, the history, the food, and the science, I had a blast! These photos are from London’s Natural History Museum‘s Human Biology…

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Who Provides the STEAM in Tucson and Southern Arizona?

Green saguaro with clouds of steam above it, with words STEAM in the Desert

Ever wonder about the organizations behind the STEM and STEAM programs in Southern Arizona? Here’s a quick roundup, in no order but alphabetical, of just a few of the *whos* responsible for the amazing learning opportunities that happen here!   LOCAL Bio5 Institute at the University of Arizona http://www.bio5.org/ Biosphere 2 http://b2science.org/ Children’s Museum Tucson http://www.childrensmuseumtucson.org/…

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