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Future STEM Pathways
* Autonomous vehicles
* Dig Into Mining Innovation
* Future Energy Sources
* Future of Warfare
* Internet of Things
* Personalized Medicine
* Get More STEAM out of your Outreach using Distance Learning Technologies
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.
* Extracurricular Coding Clubs
* The Impact of Code.org on Education and Policy
* Tech in the Classroom
* Women in Tech Speed Networking
* AZ 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!
* STEAM is Hot… Literally
* STEM Tourism and Sneaky Science
* Technology in Future Cities
* Technology and Gaming Session
* The Future of Art, Design and STEM
* Emergence Performance
* Desert Detectives – How Science is Preserving Our Last, Best Places
* Outdoor STEM-Centered Education
AZ SciTech Festival’s Meet the Mentors / SciTech Best Practices
* Building Collaborations
* Extending Your Event Story to Attract Visitors and Coverage
* Signature Planner Meet & Greet
* STEAM it up
* Student-Led Events
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
* Diverse Mentors
* Hera Give Me Strength: The Science of Wonder Woman
* Social Justice and STEM
* Arizona’s Got STEM Talent III
* Chief Science Officers and Civic Action
* Where Do Our Students See Tech Going?
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
* Making Maker Spaces
* How to Start a Robotics Club at Your School
* Ins and Outs of the STEM Immersion Guide
* Intersection of Neuroscience, EdScience, and EdTech
* The “M” in STEM: Making Math Meaningful in Your STEM Classroom (Grades K-5)
* Modeling STEM Instruction
* STEM Resources at the ADE
* STEMAZing – STEM on a Budget
Track: STEM in Our Communities Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is like no place else. Spread across more than 30,000 acres of spectacular desert, it is home to diverse wildlife, lush flora and jaw-dropping topography. This oasis of beauty and solitude, however, exists near neighborhoods, office parks and one of the busiest corporate jet ports in […]
Track: Future STEM Pathways Presenters: Phil Howardell, Paradise Valley High School District CREST/STEM Coordinator, Phoenix Dr. Sara Byron, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Translational Innovation at TGen Karen Anderson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, The Biodesign Institute, Personalized Diagnostics, Arizona State University Phil Howardell is currently the Paradise Valley Schools District CREST/STEM Coordinator. He […]
Conference Session: “How the Intersection of Cognitive Neuroscience and Educational Technology Creates a Deeper Learning Environment”
Track: School STEM Best Practices Come join our interactive and collaborative session where we explore the relationship between Cognitive Neuroscience, Educational Psychology, and Technology and how the intersection of these fields can provide a deeper and meaningful learning environment for all students. As a group, we will explore aspects of Cognitive Neuroscience (how the […]