Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Celebrate National Youth Science Day!

| August 27, 2019

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Resources for high-quality, informal STEM programming | August 24, 2019
Celebrate National Youth Science Day AND Lights On Afterschool!
4-H invites out-of-school time programs to celebrate National Youth Science Day by conducting 4-H’s Game Changers challenge at your Lights on Afterschool event on October 24, 2019. Developed for kids ages 8-14 by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, Game Changers uses physical activity and puzzles to teach kids important CS concepts and problem-solving skills – creating real-world connections between computer science and civic engagement, healthy living, and agriculture. The challenge includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities that bring coding to life. 
BONUS: If you register a Lights On Afterschool event by August 29, you’ll be entered to win a set of 10 Game Changers kits to help you participate in National Youth Science Day!
2019 Arizona STEM and Innovation Summit 
Take part in the future – and interact with the state’s most influential thinkers – by participating in the 2019 Arizona STEM and Innovation Summit in Scottsdale on September 19. This year’s statewide conference brings together Arizona’s key stakeholders in business, industry, education, government, NGO, the community to share best practices, lessons and stories from the field; experience the latest in Arizona technology and innovation; and discuss how we can work as connected ecosystem to improve public STEM awareness and improve workforce readiness. Wouldn’t it be great if the Arizona out-of-school time provider community was represented at this STEM Summit? We think so! 
Federal Support for STEM and Making in Afterschool
Repost from Afterschool Snack

Picture a center filled with computers, paired with a wood and metal shop, combined with a sewing studio, mixed with an arts and crafts room, filled with people of all ages building and making things to solve problems – this is the foundation of a maker space. Maker spaces were born out of the “maker movement” and the pull toward a more DIY culture. The movement gained steam around 2005 with the publication of Make: Magazine (a guide to DIY projects and activities) and the start of Maker Fair exhibitions. Since then, creative people from all over the world have been developing spaces where community members can flock to learn about technology and gain the tools they need to create.

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