Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Bringing Equity Into Education”

Track: Bridging the Barriers in STEM  This session will explore ways to promote equity in STEM programs, ensure each child learns in a fair and equitable way, and identify and address inequity in educational settings. We will also look at recruiting from an inclusive perspective to promote program accessibility for diverse populations.   Presenters: Brittney […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “How Blood Cord Research is Saving Lives”

Track: The Latest & Greatest in AZ STEM  In this session, attendees will learn how cord blood stem cells can be used like bone marrow stem cells to treat and cure over 80 life threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell disease. The AZPublic Cord Blood Program has had 48 life saving transplants […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Develop An Impactful STEM Program With Three Steps: Engage, Inspire, Empower”

Track: STEM in Education  This session will give strategies on how to have a successful STEM program. It will explain how to engage, inspire and empower the students to own their learning. Future Stars, is starting it fourth year of the Hands On STEM program. We will discuss how we have been able to keep […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Are We Graduating the Entrepreneurial Doers and Thinkers the World Needs?”

Track: STEM in Education    Preparing students for the future workplace is about cultivating their entrepreneurial mindset – an approach that values “initiative, intelligent risk-taking, collaboration, and opportunity recognition”. This session will show educators why building a movement of impact-driven entrepreneurship in their school is crucial to student success. In addition, this session will cover […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Ticonderoga Red Eye Saloon”

Track: STEM in Education  The workshop presents the concept and reaction of acids and bases using household material that goes along with a story  This workshop presents to participants the concepts of acid and base reaction following the AZ science standards. We present the neutralization reaction between acid and base incorporated with an activity for […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Snakes on a Plane: Fun Times Review”

Track: STEM in Education  Snakes on a Plane is an engaging review game that engages all students who are required to play and move every turn. It is easy to set up and can be adapted to any subject area, topic, and grade level. Come test your general science skills, play and see how it’s […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “It isn’t Rocket Science: Rocket Science On A Low Budget”

Track: STEM in Education  During the session, participants will create two types of rockets using simple, inexpensive materials that they can use in their classroom to fit a variety of themes such as telemetry, variables, graphing and the engineering design process. The first rocket is a simple straw rocket using tape, paper and a straw. […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Biodiversity PEEK STEAM: Leaving No Child Inside”

Track: STEM in Education  Biodiversity PEEK STEAM workshops help educators see that science and art are creative arenas where mistakes are important and that curiosity, compassion and wonder spark real learning. In this session, teachers will learn to empower their students by doing real, student-driven, conservation and citizen-science projects outside! Handouts will be given at […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “STEM: How Science Brings Music to Life”

Track: Arts & Sneaky Science  This session will focus on engaging and embodied techniques for teaching physics, engineering, and design concepts through project based learning. Explore the basic physics of sound with games and activities that get everyone up and dancing. Discover how the classification of musical instruments can reinforce the processes scientific inquiry. Finally, […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Kids Making Sense”

Track: STEM in Education In this session, teachers will explore air pollution through hands-on investigations taken from Kids Making Sense, a global environmental education program designed to bring real world science into the classroom. Participants will learn about particle pollution: how it forms, common sources, and methods for measuring particles in the air. Then they […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Help Make Clean Water Happen!”

Track: STEM in Education The session will start with background information about what stormwater is (rainwater once it hits the ground). We’ll discuss where stormwater goes, and the type of pollution that can get into our stormwater and travel to our local waterways. Together we help prevent water pollution (clean up trash, pick up pet […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Using Technology to Personalize Learning”

Track: STEM in Education Come explore how Arizona State University has developed interdisciplinary STEM education resources, grounded in education research and specifically designed for middle and high school educators and their needs. Research evidence has shown the value of both active learning and adaptive feedback (VanLehn, 2011; Freeman et al., 2014); both have been incorporated […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Collaborative Lunch: Physics Fun for Physics Educators”

Track: STEM in Education This collaborative lunch is an informal way for educators and STEM leaders who want to collaborate and share their STEM activities. Bring your FAVORITE STEM ACTIVITY, and pass them around to share as we discuss one of our favorite topics and fight the “decline in physics!”   Lunch Meetup Leader: Scott […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Why It’s Good to TALK About Gender Parity in STEM”

Track: Bridging the STEM Barriers While data shows us that most STEM professions in the U.S. remain male-dominated, we are still scared to talk about gender, racial, and other discrimination in tech and science. Join this session to learn why it’s good for us to engage the conversation, and particularly why it’s important to start […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Arizona STEM School Community of Practice”

Track: STEM in Education  Forty Arizona schools are preparing for their second year of learning and growing together in the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice, the state’s first of its kind.  Developed by:  Each participating school forms a cross-sector team of teachers, coaches, administrators, parents, students, business leaders, and community partners to network, share […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Problem Solving with a Purpose”

Track: STEM in Education Participants will engage in a mini-Human Centered Design Process and learn how this method of instruction drives the cycle of continuous student learning and improvement by placing an emphasis on self reflection, feedback and iteration. This session is great for the beginning to the advanced levels of STEM implementation in your […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Open Lunch Meetup: Rural Connections & RAIN”

Track: STEM Workforce & Our AZ Community If you live in the rural regions of Arizona, this FREE casual lunchtime meetup is the perfect opportunity to connect with other leaders who are part of rural Arizona, and who are just as enthusiastic and excited to connect as you are.    Session Leader: Kal Mannis, Rural […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Leading from the Inside Out”

Track: STEM Workforce & Our AZ Community Learn how to understand the emotions behind your behaviors and the behaviors of others, so as to create a more collaborative productive work environment in the STEM. Join this panel-presentation that discusses just that! Learn where  you fall in the DISC personality profile, and hear from other professionals […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Joint Forces: Military and STEM”

Track: Arts & Sneaky Science Did you know that STEM is a core facet of the military?  It is used every day — from technology, to aviation, to physics! Come learn how the military integrates STEM into their everyday lives.    Panel Moderator: Captain Angelo Rossetti, Civil Air Patrol, Arizona Wing Director of Aerospace Education, U.S. Air […]

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Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Assistive Technology: Improving Lives of People with Disabilities Through a STEM Challenge”

Track: The Latest & Greatest in AZ STEM Many of us use Assistive Technology (AT) every day. Glasses and wheelchairs and IoT enabled exoskeleton systems, oh my! Learn how Southwest Human Development and the MAKERS of Change event committee are bringing High School STEM teams into the fold and improving the lives of young children […]

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