Tag: Flagstaff STEM City

Education Spotlight: 2020 Coconino County Teacher of the Year nominations open. See more local education news here

| October 14, 2019
Education Spotlight: 2020 Coconino County Teacher of the Year nominations open. See more local education news here

The eighth annual Coconino County 2020 Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Award nominations are open.

The awards are a countywide celebration that honors and recognizes full- time teachers. 

The Coconino County Education Service Agency invites the public to nominate outstanding teachers in Coconino County. Nomination forms can be found on the Superintendent’s website at www.coconino.az.gov/celebrate. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5. 

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Education Spotlight: ‘Failure is Not an Option’ for Killip Elementary’s LEGO Robotics Team

| August 6, 2019
Education Spotlight: ‘Failure is Not an Option’ for Killip Elementary’s LEGO Robotics Team

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, Flagstaff had a variety of events celebrating the city’s part in the achievement, including hosting a LEGO Robotics competition at NAU. Killip’s team “The LEGO Side” took part in the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student (or ANGLeS) Challenge on July 19th and 20th. In this challenge, teams needed to fly and land a lunar module via drone in a particular location on a map of the moon’s surface. 

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Education Spotlight: Indigenous Youth STEM Academy Awarded $5,600 Kahtoola for the People Grant

| July 2, 2019
Education Spotlight: Indigenous Youth STEM Academy Awarded $5,600 Kahtoola for the People Grant

On June 6th, 2019, Flagstaff Open Space was awarded a $5,600 grant through Kahtoola for the People. Grant funds will allow the Indigenous Youth STEM Academy (IYSA) to work with an additional educational partner beginning in fall 2019. Kahtoola is a local Flagstaff business committed to building quality winter traction gear. Kahtoola for the People grants 1% of Kahtoola’s annual sales to help fund projects that preserve and enrich indigenous cultures worldwide. Since 1999, over $200,000 has been awarded to programs that improve communities, healthcare, education, resources, and the environment.

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Education Spotlight: Welcome to the new STEM City Executive Director

| June 11, 2019
Education Spotlight: Welcome to the new STEM City Executive Director

We would like to welcome our new Executive Director, Kris Penca! STEM City is really excited to see what direction she’s going to take our organization. Read more about her below. …

I was born and raised in Iowa and received a BA in  education from the University of Iowa in 1994. I taught science and math in grades 5-8 for 20 years in Iowa and I encouraged the connection between math and science in Mason City. 
I was part of a team that made our intermediate school a STEM school and I also created a $20,000 Makerspace at Lincoln Intermediate. 

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STEMMYs recognize STEM leaders, new STEM City director. See more local education news here

| June 4, 2019
STEMMYs recognize STEM leaders, new STEM City director. See more local education news here

By Kaitlin Olson • Arizona Daily Sun Whether looking up to the stars or down to microorganisms, creating new technologies or improving existing ones, Flagstaff is home to science, technology, engineering and mathematics enthusiasts young and old who were recognized this week at STEM City’s seventh annual STEM Awards (“STEMMYs”). About 50 community members gathered at […]

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Education Spotlight: STAR 6th Graders Attend Camp Colton

| June 4, 2019
Education Spotlight: STAR 6th Graders Attend Camp Colton

Earlier this month the STAR school sixth grade had the chance to attend Camp Colton, a camp owned and operated by Flagstaff Unified School District that is dedicated to teaching participants about environmental science. The students spent four days and three nights at camp and attended environmental education classes such as forestry, aquatics, wildlife and geology, taught by Camp Colton’s staff.
Each environmental education class was designed to get the students to interact with their natural environment and work as a team to accomplish a specific goal. For example, the Geology class consisted of the students exploring the nearby Lava Tubes and discussing the different types of igneous rock present inside the tubes.

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April 3 — STEM City nominations due for 7th annual STEM Awards

| April 1, 2019
April 3 — STEM City nominations due for 7th annual STEM Awards

STEM City is seeking nominations for the 7th annual STEM Awards. Nominations are due by April 3.The STEMmy’s is an annual award given out to organizations and people who are STEM leaders in our community.Please nominate a student, teacher, community leader and  business partner for the STEM Awards, aka The STEMmy’s!

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Educational benefits from the Grand Canyon. See more local education news here

| February 26, 2019
Educational benefits from the Grand Canyon. See more local education news here

For thousands of years, the Colorado River has carved its way through the Grand Canyon. While remarkable landscapes and breathtaking beauty are present, aesthetics are not as valuable as the knowledge available in the canyon.

Maya Caldwell, the director of student services at Williams Elementary Middle School (WEMS), wrote in an email that there a several opportunities for students to learn about the Grand Canyon. Among them are enriching field trips and park rangers coming to WEMS to host hands-on lessons about park education.

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Flagstaff STEM City — Summer is here! Flagstaff has an assortment of activities for all ages. Check out some of the summer fun below. Also see related countywide Summer Camp, Summer Reading and related stories here

| June 20, 2018
Flagstaff STEM City — Summer is here! Flagstaff has an assortment of activities for all ages. Check out some of the summer fun below. Also see related countywide Summer Camp, Summer Reading and related stories here

• Summer Day Camps at the Museum of Northern Arizona
• Kids Square: Worms! at Willow Bend environmental center
• Wednesday Weed Walks by Flagstaff Open Space
ª Concert Series at The Arboretum at Flagstaff

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Summer STEM Camps listing courtesy Flagstaff STEM City. See other summer camps here

| April 4, 2018
Summer STEM Camps listing courtesy Flagstaff STEM City. See other summer camps here

The Flagstaff Summer STEM Camps are now on our website here. Check out all the awesome camps including:

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