21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference
January 21-23, 2016, Phoenix, AZ
Who Should Attend?
All pre-K through college educators in all areas of STEM: Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, and CTE.
Register Now for the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference!
- Up to three days of engaging, relevant professional learning for PreK-16 educators, informal educators, business partners, and community leaders in all areas of STEM.
- 12 field trip options on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Visits include K -12 schools, colleges/universities, a variety of museums, businesses and bio-medical research facilities.
- Five amazing keynotes from current innovators in STEM education and industry: Hadi Partovi, Code.org; Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos; Jaime Casap, Google Education; Jo Anne Vasquez, Ph.D, Author STEM Essentials; and Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF.
- The opportunity to choose from a variety of high-interest sessions to match your role in STEM.
Unlimited networking opportunities with educators and industry who are actively involved in leading and influencing the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Access to the exhibit hall featuring the latest STEM products, services, and opportunities from partners in education.
Science Foundation AZ and the STEM AZ Education Collaborative are proud to partner to bring you the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference.
STEM integration is critical for developing the knowledge and skills our students, businesses, and communities desire and deserve. Critical thinking, creativity, and innovation are both goals and outcomes of educational practices that promote a trans-disciplinary approach to STEM education.
At the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate conference participants will engage in diverse sessions to explore and enhance STEM educational practices. Sessions will not only be outstanding learning opportunities for educators, many of them will include how business, informal education, early childhood experiences, and K-16+ classrooms create a nexus of learning that result in the 21st century graduate prepared for tomorrow’s world.
About Our Organizations
Science Foundation Arizona
Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2006 by the State’s 3 CEO groups, in conjunction with the executive and legislative branches of state government. SFAz’s mission is to diversify Arizona’s economy by linking industry needs with university research and ensuring the education system creates a 21st-century workforce.
SFAz’s purpose is to diversify and strengthen Arizona’s economy by:
- Investing in scientific and engineering areas of greatest economic importance to Arizona
- Facilitating strategic collaborations between Arizona research institutions and industry
- Supporting effective education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- Attracting and retaining world-class jobs and talent
STEM AZ Education Collaborative
The Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA), Arizona Association for the Teachers of Mathematics (AATM) and Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA) partnered to form the STEMAZ Education Collaborative. The mission of the collaborative is to improve and support STEM education in Arizona through three strategic areas:
Curriculum & Instruction
Advocacy & Communication
STEM AZ Education Collaborative Organization
The Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA) is a professional nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase student achievement through technology in teaching and learning. AzTEA is the Arizona affiliate for the International Society for Technology in Education, ISTE
The Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is a state-wide professional teachers organization for teachers of science, PreK-Post Secondary. ASTA’s mission is to build a community of learners that share the joys of teaching and learning while creating and refining a vision of science education, and helping teachers put this vision into practice with their students.
The Arizona Association of the Teachers of Mathematics (AATM) is a leader in mathematics education, ensuring that all students have access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning. We envision an environment where everyone is enthusiastic about mathematics, sees the value, beauty and power of it, and is empowered by the opportunities mathematics affords.
Helios STEM School Pilot Project
Seven schools and districts were selected as pilot sites for the Helios STEM School Pilot Program. They are part of a strategic partnership and investment by Helios and SFAz to help the Arizona STEM Network develop a coordinated and effective STEM education system that provides the infrastructure, resources and metrics needed to improve educational outcomes and achieve collective impact for Arizona students.
The seven sites will receive a total of $1.85 million in financial and technical support to implement STEM programs and activities during the next three years. This follows a competitive request for proposals (RFP) in September 2012, and the recipients were chosen in April 2013 from a statewide pool of 57 applicants.
The selected sites include schools and districts in Maricopa, Coconino, Yavapai, Pima and Yuma counties. They include:
- Alhambra Elementary School District (K-8)
- Altar Valley School District (K-8)
- Bagdad Unified School District (K-12)
- Congress Elementary School District (K-8)
- Salt River Elementary School, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (K-6)
- W.F. Killip Elementary School, Flagstaff (PK-5)
- Yuma Elementary School District 1 (K-8)
Consider joining the Az STEM Education Collaborative