Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Sneaky STEAM: Carnival of Creativity

| September 24, 2019

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Choose From 11 STEM Workshops!
With just a month to go until our 2019 School’s Out, Make It Count Conference, we’re gearing up for a jam-packed event with over 55 workshop sessions, including 11 STEM-focused workshops for out-of-school time professionals. 
Here are a few highlights:
Teaching Girls to Code and Change the WorldNgan Pham, Girls Who Code 
Girls Who Code is a global nonprofit on a mission to close the gender gap in technology. Come learn through hands-on activities and find out how to engage your youth in this endeavor.
Sneaky STEAM: Carnival of Creativity 
Angela Prestinario, Stratum Limitless Learning
Spark creativity, inspire ingenuity, excite education! What’s more fun than circus and carnival games coupled with food, entertainment, and education? Learn about circus history, the games, performers and animals that make it so much fun. Taste and learn about the science behind how cotton candy and popcorn are made, engineer a circus tent and trapeze artist. Bring the games to life by playing carnival game challenges, inventing how to make and market your own candy and stuffing your very own carnival animal.
In Good Hands: Designing Space Gloves to Protect Astronauts from Hazards 
Lori Rubino-Hare, Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Northern Arizona University
Attendees will gather data about materials and their properties to design a glove that will be functional and also protect an astronaut from hazards such as cold, dust, and impact. This new curriculum is part of the NASA-funded Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science (PLANETS) project (NASA #NNH15ZDA004C). This high-quality STEM curriculum is research-based and easy to follow. Learn about units that integrate engineering and planetary science. See how to access them, engage in a sample activity, and find out about online educator support materials involved with the NASA-funded project.
Check out the complete workshop list with descriptions and get your team registered on our website here.
Twitter Chat: Join the Quality STEM Afterschool Conversation
The Connectory and the Afterschool Alliance will co-host a Twitter Chat titled “Quality STEM: Identifying elements of high-quality STEM programs for youth” using hashtag #QualitySTEM on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 11:00 AM Pacific. They will highlight quality out-of-school time STEM programs for K-12 youth, with a focus on elements that quality STEM programs share. Program providers have expressed interest in this topic and report that parents/care-givers are asking… “How do we determine what a quality STEM program is and what features do we look for?” Join in on this timely back-to-afterschool Twitter Chat and submit your questions to
Be sure to follow @the_connectory, @afterschool4all AND @az_afterschool on Twitter and join the Twitter Chat on October 2!
Arizona Science Center Spearheads Statewide and National Efforts to Transform STEM Teaching and Learning
Yahoo Finance
The Arizona Science Center has just announced several new initiatives to bring more STEM opportunities to youth in Arizona schools. As part of these efforts, they “will join forces with the New York Hall of Science, U.S. Department of Education, and seven other science centers across the country to launch STEM-Rich Afterschool Making Programs, an initiative that will support professional development for after-school educators in underserved communities. And the Learning Team will continue to bring the National Science Foundation-funded Leap into Science Training initiative to life in Arizona, partnering with the state library system to pair open-ended science activities with early literacy efforts for pre-K children.” 


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