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Future STEM Pathways
* Autonomous vehicles
* Dig Into Mining Innovation
* Get More STEAM out of your Outreach using Distance Learning Technologies
* Internet of Things
* Personalized Medicine
* Space Tourism Keynote with Jane Pointer & Geoff Notkin
Computer Science & Tech
Technology has been in development for millennia, even farther back than the invention of the wheel or the use of iron in decorative ornaments. Nowadays, it is almost impossible to live without technology being available in some facet or another, especially in the form of computer science. Schools are wanting to incorporate coding courses into their curriculum. Engineers are using technology to develop safer and more efficient ways of battling natural disasters. The possibilities are endless. Whether you are searching for ways to get your kid or school into coding, or are a community member interested in topics such as hackathons, the impact of computer science on the economy and on Arizona’s culture, and even technology speed networking for women, the “Computer Science & Tech” Track has a number of opportunities to explore these ideas and more.
* AZ Robotics!
* Extracurricular Coding Clubs
* The Impact of Code.org on Education and Policy
* Tech in the Classroom
* Women in Tech Speed Networking
STEM in Our Communities
What’s “hot” in STEM? Come see what professionals in the STEM fields have to say about things that excites us, surround us, and are almost impossible to live without. Technology has developed so exponentially that kids are now figuring out how to engineer prosthetic arms using a 3-D printer. Hosting a doctor’s session through online means is starting to become more mainstream. Research is constantly being done that helps to explain the benefits of the arts, such as the positive correlation between learning Argentine tango and the improvement of balance in people with Alzheimer’s. If incredible developments such as these have developed in more recent times, can you imagine what life will be like in the future due to STEM + the arts? Our panelists can. Feed the curiosity that piques your interest in STE[A]M and hear what they have to say!
* Desert Detectives – How Science is Preserving Our Last, Best Places
* Emergence Performance
* Outdoor STEM-Centered Education
* STEAM is Hot… Literally
* STEM Tourism and Sneaky Science
SciTech Festival Meet the Mentors
The “SciTech Festival Meet the Mentors” track is geared toward those who are looking to organize events. Learn from the best in Arizona about how they came up with some of the most memorable event themes that draw thousands each year. Listen to students who have successfully pulled off their very own student-run STEM festival. Find out how to build community partnerships and garner the publicity that will help to solidify your event’s success for years on end. Take a lunch hour to connect, collaborate, and exchange ideas with other event organizers just like you. What you can take away from this track is nothing short of fantastic advice, valuable ideas, and lifelong connections that will help to bring your event to its success. The possibilities are endless!
* Attracting Media With Your Event Story
* Building Collaborations
* Event Planners Meet Up
* Make it S.T.E.A.M – Y
* Student-Led Events
* Theming Your Event
Social Equity & STEM
There is no doubt about it – STEM is a human right, and we need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to access it, whether it be simply having the means to read about the latest undertakings in science, or receiving the education needed to enter the STEM workforce. This is what the “Social Equity & STEM” Track is all about. It brings to light the human right that is STEM, presenting topics such as social justice and women in technology, all while showing the ways that Arizona is already working to deliver the right tools and resources to different groups of people so that all can have what they need.
* Bridging the Connection Between STEM Professionals and Schools
* Hera Give Me Strength: The Science of Wonder Woman
* Hispanic STEM Success in Arizona
* Social Justice and STEM
* Arizona’s Got STEM Talent III
* Chief Science Officers and Civic Action
* Student Perspective on Future STEM Pathways
School STEM Best Practices
STEM in education- There is no way around it. More and more schools are catching on to the importance of STEM, and as such are looking for ways to integrate it into their classrooms, even into their entire academic curriculum! The “School STEM Best Practices” track will answer questions such as “How can I, just an average citizen, become involved in science?” “How do I start a Maker Space in my school?” “What does a STEM curriculum look like?” and “Help! I have no money! How can I bring STEM into my classroom?” Whether you are an educator, a business professional, an activities coordinator, or just someone with a curiosity in STEM and education, the “School STEM Best Practices” Track is the way to go.
* Citizen Science 2.0: Expanding Reach, Expanding Results
* Code.org Educator Training
* Creating a STEM Culture in Schools
* How the Intersection of Cognitive Neuroscience and Educational Technology Creates a Deeper Learning Environment
* How to Start a Robotics Club at Your School
* The “M” in STEM: Making Math Meaningful in Your STEM Classroom (Grades K-5)
* Making Maker Spaces
* Modeling STEM Instruction
* STEMAZing – STEM on a Budget
Track: SciTech Festival Meet the Mentors “Make it S.T.E.A.M. – Y,” a session about creating experiences through S.T.E.A.M., is an interactive opportunity to see how creativity and play provide clarity around innovating and integrating S.T.E.A.M into business and educational practices with a focus on Process over Product. Session Objective: In this session you will learn […]
Track: SciTech Festival Meet the Mentors When it comes to creating an event, one of the most essential elements is the theme, as this is what will both attract attendees and help to create an event that is memorable and uniquely yours. How do you come up with a strong theme for your event that […]
Track: SciTech Festival Meet the Mentors Did you know that several of the SciTech Festival events that happen during Festival season in February and March are actually planned and run by students? Join three of our very own students who will share how they each turned their ideas in to a STEM event success! Presenters […]