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    Arizona's Future STEM Pathways September 15th, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts
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  • Search over 1,000 events online!
  • Science Happens Here
  • Learn how AZ SciTech has been serving the Arizona science and technology communities since 2010.
  • Get involved through programs and partnerships that extend unique opportunities our Arizona community.
  • Cox's Connect2STEM Awards!
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September 15th — 6th Annual Kickoff Conference Program Listing:


1Future STEMFuture STEM Pathways

From self-driving vehicles to mining innovation, the possibilities that the future holds are quite literally endless, especially when science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are involved. “Future STEM Pathways” is the track to explore if you are the type of person whose ears perk up at the thought of medicine advancement, whose heartstrings are tugged by the broadening of student opportunity through technology, and whose ‘siren call’ is the phrase “earth and space.”

* Dig Into Mining Innovation 
* Drones and Autonomous vehicles 
* Get More STEAM Out of Your Outreach Using Distance Learning Technologies
* Internet of Things
* Personalized Medicine: The Future Has Already Started in AZ 
* Parallel Perspectives: Viewing Earth from Space and Discovering Space on Earth [KEYNOTE]
* Tales from the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range (Cybersecurity) 

1Computer Science2Computer 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. 

* Industry Influences Impact STEM Education Programs for Hands-On Learning 
Extracurricular Coding Clubs
* Hackathons 
The Impact of Code.org on Education and Policy 
* Tech in the Classroom
Women in Tech Speed Networking 
* Work Together to Design Solutions — TODAY’S Computer Science and Robotics 

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 & Sneaky Science 

1MentorsSciTech 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 


1Social EquitySocial 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 in STEM Education


1Student Voice3Student Voice

This track is all about fantastic groups of students who don’t allow their capability to be undermined by their age. Listen to what these students have to say about the future of STEM, find out what differences they are already making on both a community and a national scale, and be amazed at the talent they will bring to the third annual “Arizona’s Got STEM Talent” showcase!

* Arizona’s Got STEM Talent III
* Chief Science Officers and Civic Action 
Student Perspective on Future STEM Pathways 


1Modeling InstructionSchool 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.

Building Innovation Through Robotics 
* 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
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

A special Thank You to our Kickoff Conference sponsors: 



* Cline Library, Northern Arizona University 
* Coder Camps
* Super Cool Kenilworth School
* Texas Instraments

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