Resources for high-quality, informal STEM programming 
2020 Spring Professional Development Series
Join us this Spring for $25 workshops!

We have an incredible lineup of workshops next month as part of our 2020 Spring Professional Development Series. The best part? Each workshop is only $25 per person. One such session is: 

N BA Math Hoops 
Presented by Nick Monzi 
February 20, 2020 
Boys and Girls Club of Tucson

Learn Fresh and the Phoenix Suns have partnered to offer the NBA Math Hoops program to educators and students across the state of Arizona. The experience leverages a board game and NBA-themed curriculum to engage 4-8th grade students in fundamental math and social-emotional learning. All session attendees will have the opportunity to learn the game rules, explore the curriculum, discuss best practices for implementation, and sign up to join the program at no cost. As part of this unique experience, top participating students and educators will have the opportunity to earn rewards from the Suns and Learn Fresh, including apparel, special event access, and participation in the annual Suns Math Hoops tournament.

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2019 STEM Grantee Spotlight
Hummingbird Robotics |  Sonoran Science Academy Phoenix

The  Sonoran Science Academy Phoenix   used their 2019 AzCASE STEM Grant to develop a new Hummingbird Robotics program for 6th through 8th grade students after school. They developed a comprehensive, multi-unit plan to get youth learning the basics of robotics and, ultimately, more advanced coding. In one unit, for example, youth learned to program their robot to stay within a paper boundary. Once accomplished, the students attached a marker to their robot and created coded designs on the paper. The last unit, The Hummingbird Research Project, will have students research a science topic, design a structure that demonstrates what they learned about that topic, and use technology, math, engineering practices, and teamwork to make their designs a reality. The students will have 10 meetings to research and construct their designs. At the end of the 10 weeks, they will showcase their work during parent-teacher conferences to celebrate their achievements! 


Hot Wheels: Speedometry Curriculum 

Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ curriculum encourages inquiry and real-world, problem-based learning through play, hands-on activities and in-depth lesson plans that is mapped to state and national standards including Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). This education curriculum, co-created with researchers at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, combines Hot Wheels® fun, imagination, and action, as well as toys and track to accelerate learning. Speedometry™ is a free-to-use curriculum targeting fourth grade (8-9 year old) students. Comprised of two units with up to six lessons per unit, Speedometry™ provides coursework intended to cover a period of 10-12 days. Students work in collaborative learning groups to deepen their understanding of speed, angles, slopes, collisions, kinetic energy, and potential energy. The lessons and activities aim to put students on course for success in science and mathematics. A kindergarten curriculum for 5-6 year olds is currently in development and will be released at a later date.

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence


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