STEM Saturdays — Track butterfly migration this fall

| November 5, 2019

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Showcase Your Youth Program at Our 28th Annual Conference! 
We’re looking for a feature photo for our 2020 School’s Out, Make It Count Conference promotional materials. Photos should meet the following criteria:
– Is a high-resolution, color image file (.jpg, .png) 
– Includes at least 1 youth & 1 staff member 
– Is candid, and have an indicator of the program represented (staff shirt with logo, in front of sign, etc.) 
– Must have photo release for youth pictured in images 
– Programs may submit up to 5 images for consideration. 
Deadline is January 1, 2020. Submit photos to Ryan Bradstock via email at
ROADS on Mars Challenge: Free Beginners Drone & Robotics Workshop in Phoenix

Take advantage of a free professional development workshop in beginner drone and robotics education on November 8, 3:30 PM – 5 PM online and on November 16, 9 AM – 5 PM in PhoenixNorth Valley. Please sign up for the this workshop by Monday, November 4 before midnight. Similar workshops are likely to be held this January in Flagstaff and Gila County. This workshop will help team leaders for the ROADS on Mars Challenge get started, but is applicable to anyone interested in getting into robotics and/or drone education. The first 5 registered participants will receive vouchers on arrival for challenge materials. This could be a robot, drone, digital microscope, or methane detector. To register, email

The ROADS on Mars Student Challenge is a science, drone, and robotics competition for grades 3-12. The regional Arizona competition will be May 2nd at NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus. The grand prize for the winning team is a trip to Kennedy Space Center to see the launch of the 2020 Mars Rover mission next summer.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Improving STEM Education (and What Space Is Really Like)

In 1995, NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris became the first African American to perform a spacewalk, and he has spent more than 18 days in space. Today, he’s the CEO of NMSI, the National Math and Science Initiative, which runs programs designed to boost the number of STEM teachers.  Dr. Harris joined The EdSurge Podcast to talk about his mission to bring in culturally responsive teaching in STEM, and what it’s like to go to space (and what space food really tastes like.)

Techbridge Girls Extends Expanding Your Horizon Network’s Assets to Increase Quality STEM Education Access to One Million Girls by 2030
Techbridge Girls, a nonprofit leader in afterschool STEM education for girls from marginalized communities, is now one giant leap closer to its bold goal to serve 1 million girls by 2030. As of September 30, 2019, the nonprofit organization officially gained oversight to operate Expanding Your Horizons Network assets. The two organizations came together under a year-long partnership, which led both to the conclusion that their impact to inspire girls to pursue STEM-related careers is greater together.
Wildlife Migration & Seasons with Journey North 
Journey North is one of North America’s premiere citizen science programs for people of all ages. Reported animal sightings are mapped in real-time as waves of migrations move across the continent. People report sightings from the field, view maps, take pictures, and leave comments. Educators can use this site to explore the seasons and migration habits of wildlife. Each update includes a journal page with a question to explore, an activity to try, a map to analyze and more. Over the season, the journal becomes a workplace where kids explore ever-changing events, record compelling questions, formulate hypotheses, and document discoveries. 
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