SAVE the Date – September 8th, 8:00am – 1:00pm


We are excited to announce the next meeting will be held at the Grand Canyon University Arena. Based on feedback received during the kickoff meeting, this event will focus on resource sharing. This will include sharing among the COP schools, along with available resources from community STEM organizations. Look for the agenda details in the August newsletter.

Provide Your Table Topic by July 22nd

When looking at the survey responses from the May kickoff meeting – one of your top requests was for an opportunity to learn what is happening at other STEM schools across the state. The September 8th meeting is providing an opportunity to do that very thing!


Each school has the opportunity to share ideas and resources with other AZ STEM School COP members. This is not a formal presentation – instead, think of people walking up to a table and having a discussion. If you have not had an opportunity to respond yet, please reach out to confirm your table topic, including a brief description of what you intend to share by July 22nd by contacting Jeremy Babendure.

If you are having trouble picking a topic, think back to the May 4th kickoff meeting where teams recorded both the strengths they would be willing to share with others and the topics they would most like to learn more about. Some of the topics teams wanted to learn more about included: community partnerships, content integration, student involvement, high quality resources, STEM events, and many more.


Someone I Know….

Do you know someone who might want to have a table at the resource fair related to STEM? Then this your opportunity – have them Register Here.

Website Update

The AZ STEM School COP website has a new look and feel. We transitioned the website material from a ‘join’ perspective to an ‘active COP’ look and feel. This is your website, so feel free to make suggestions by contacting Janet McConnell. With that said, please remember we are bound by privacy considerations and technical limitations – but it never hurts to ask!

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The wait is over… the forum for asking questions, sharing information, and posting material is ready! This site is password protected and will only be available to those school team members who attended the kickoff session in May. Within the next few days you will receive an email with logon instructions. Each user will be contacted via the email address provided to us in advance of the kickoff session. More details about this forum is located on the website’s FAQ page. As for the website in general, we have a general structure in place, but this is your forum, so feel free to make suggestions by contacting Janet McConnell.

Kickoff Survey Results Are In!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey during the kickoff meeting. We are pleased to announce that we received an average 90% approval rating. Since we are overachievers, we are hard at work trying to top that number for the September event!

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New Federal Government Citizen Science Website Launched

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Innovation Access Program: Free Technology Training Workshop for Educators

The Innovation Access Program was launched with the purpose of increasing access to innovative technology, resources, and trainings for educators, in both formal and informal settings. In partnership with Printrbot, MatterHackers, and BuildTak, we would like to announce our commitment to provide a free 3D printer and accompanying multi-day training to one educator from every state.

Preparing Students for the 21st Century: International Strategies

At a recent meeting of Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network, American and Asian cities collaborated to share their strategies and challenges in integrating 21st century competencies into their school systems. Read more about these strategies.

How to Improve Science Teaching

Teachers, now is your chance to purchase the “Science Teachers’ Learning” book, one which enhances opportunities and creates supportive contents for educators of science.

Math is Like a Scary Movie?

One day, as I was working with a student after school on a problem involving division with decimals, I told him which number goes in the “division house.” Suddenly the student blurted out, “That is not what my teacher told me, and I hate math!” Read more about Helping Youth Overcome Math Anxiety.

How to Communicate About Chemistry

Chemistry plays a critical role in daily life, while communicating about chemistry in informal environments has the potential to raise public interest and understanding of chemistry around the world. Read this report to learn more about effective chemistry communication in informal environments.

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If you are looking for STEM events or want others to know about your STEM event, be sure to take a look at the AZ SciTech site.


MIM Educator Appreciation Month

Did you know July is Educator Appreciation Month at the Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix? That’s right! All educators have free admission through July with a school ID, fingerprint clearance card, or affidavit of intent.


Astronomy Shows for Your Students

For the next few weeks, ASU will be hosting low-cost 3-D Astronomy Shows at their Tempe campus Marston Exploration Theater for all ages! Bring your students or check out a show on your very own!

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Birds ‘n Beer at the Audubon Center

If you are interested in learning more about birding for your classroom (or for your own personal interest), join the Audubon Society on July 21st for a nice fresh brew and an enlightening presentation on wildlife.

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Southwest Wings Summer Festival – Birdwatching on Campus

This August 5th class is part of the Southwest Wings Summer Festival. It will teach you about the very birds that show up in your own backyard. If you are going to be teaching your students about natural wildlife this year, this workshop would be a great introduction!

This initiative is supported by:

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