Resources for high-quality, informal STEM programming 
2019 STEM Grantee Spotlight
Summer Camp | Topock Elementary School

The Topock Elementary School Summer Camp used their AzCASE STEM Grant to fund a variety of  STEM projects and to replace damaged technology. As a result, the campers  explored engineering by building straw bridges, designing a marble maze, and constructing towers. They combined science and art with exploding sidewalk chalk and made glowing fairy jars. They learned about circuits by making light up masks and learned binary code while making necklaces with their names spelled out in the code. Finally, the campers programmed Dash robots and built games and courses to direct the robots through, as well as programmed them to sing and dance! 


Free 2-Hour United Robotics Workshops

Whoever said, "STEM can't be fun", never played with robots.  United Robotics is offering a FREE 2-hour hands-on workshop on robotics, the United Robotics Clubs and how to bring them to schools, districts, and nonprofits.  United Robotics is a school-based or community-based robotics club for individuals with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and their typical peers. Dedicated to creating robotics experiences to provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to make new friends, find new hobbies, learn new skills, and develop independence. Students who participate in United Robotics will learn robotics, engineering, coding, practice teamwork and communication, and model friendship, and acceptance. Participating organizations will receive specialized training, organizational resources, and opportunities to participate in United Robotics leagues, scrimmages, and tournaments.


ROADS on Mars Challenge - Free Informational Workshops

Take advantage of a fantastic opportunity for out-of-school time programs to take part in a national NASA Challenge called ROADS on Mars. It is a great way to get kids in 3rd-12th grade excited about STEM education, NASA, and technology. Schools and coaches need no prior experience and there are opportunities for free professional development and materials support. There is a sequence of free workshops coming up in January:
  • January 4th - Flagstaff, AZ, time TBD*
  • January 10th - Miami, AZ - 9-5PM
  • January 11th - Tucson, AZ - 9-5PM
  • January 17th - Tuba City, AZ - 7:30-3:30 (Must register by Jan 13) 
*This challenges uses Lego EV3 Mindstorm Robots, so programs that have FIRST Lego League teams may also be good candidates to take part in this national NASA Challenge.  

Teams can participate by completing the challenge at their home location, or can apply to take part in the Arizona Regional Challenge, which will take place on May 2nd in Flagstaff, AZ. Finally, we strive to support STEM education in high needs, diverse programs. There is an opportunity for additional materials support for qualifying programs while supplies last. Educators and administrators can apply for these resources when they attend one of the workshops. 

For questions, or to sign up, email anne.hamlin@nau.edu and sean.ryan@nau.edu.
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence


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