AZ STEM Festival


Here are some great resources that will help our Arizona STEM Ecosystem thrive during this challenging time.

Nova's favorites!

Have you met SciTech’s mascot, Nova? Here are some of Nova’s favorite resources for at-home study and play. 

Click here for the Miss Science Blog!

SciTech Festival's own Miss Science is an educator and consultant that likes to think of herself as a speaker of all things Science. She presents to educators around the country on how to fuse STEM with Innovation and Entrepreneurship to make Smart Cool! She also works with companies to help their partnerships in supporting schools and STEM.

Click Here for Mind Full of Brilliance!

Here's a free Facebook Group with a very fast-growing community of parents and educators sharing the coolest pages, activities and at-home stuff-to-do for the whole family!

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Click here for 5 Free Lessons from STEM Sports!

STEM Sports® is offering five free STEM lessons involving sports to students in grades 3 through 8 to continue their education at home. The lessons use basketball, football, soccer and volleyball to teach students science, technology, engineering and math principles while encouraging and engaging children in physical activity.

Click here for "Amazing Educational Resources"

This is likely the most comprehensive list of educational resources online.

Full List of Resources

Updated Daily 

How to talk to your kids about what’s going on with COVID-19

At Home Virtual Field Trips and Other Fun Resources:

  • FUTURE U, from Boeing and Discovery Education (here)
  • ASU World Exploration (here)
  • AZ Game and Fish Dept (here)
  • Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari (here)
  • San Diego Zoo Live Cam (here)
  • A wide variety of topics, CrashCourse (here)
  • National Geographic – kids site. (here)

Lesson Plans / Time Management:

  • Scholastic –  Pre-K to Grade 9 (here)
  • Amazing Educational Resources (likely the most comprehensive list of online educational resources online) (here)
  • Junior Achievement (here)
  • PBS Newshour – lesson plans and resources for 6th – 12th grade. (here)
  • BrainPop – offering FREE access during quarantine! This is an amazing opportunity to “make any room a classroom”. (here)
  • Free, Printable Daily Schedule – I cannot stress enough how useful it is to block your time when you have an overwhelming number of factors to manage. (Thank you Mrs. Melki from Settler’s Point Elementary!). (here)
  • School Library Journal – Expert advice article from two librarians with tips for parents. (here)
  • Facebook Group – Mind Full of Brilliance – fantastic group for anyone to join at anytime, and A+ resources being shared for K-12 and College. (here)


Social Studies:

  • History (here)
  • iCivics (here) –my personal favorite J




  • Engineering (here)
  • Science Learning Videos (here)
  • National Geographic for Kids (here)

Official Government Coronavirus / COVID-19 News

Quick Links and Resources

Big thank you to Abbey Schroeder, Young Women’s and Federal Grants Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Senator Martha McSally, for the following resources:

U.S. Senator McSally’s office:

  • The Senator’s most recent PSA video message to Americans (here)
  • To sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date on this and all things our office is doing (here)
  • For all the up to date Coronavirus into in one spot (here)
  • To contact our office directly for help with casework or other issues:

Federal Resources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (here)
  • National Institutes of Health (here)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (here)
  • Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center (here)
  • Quick 3 page summary of the Coronavirus Policy Response thus far (here)

State Resources:

  • AZ Department of Health Services (here)
  • Office of Gov. Ducey FAQ (here)
  • AZ Department of Education K-12 School Updates/ Resources (here)
  • First Things First, Tips for talking to kids about Coronavirus (here)


County Resources:



  • Arizona State University (here)
  • University of Arizona (here)
  • Northern Arizona University (here)
  • Maricopa Community Colleges (here)


  • All Chamber Business News (here)
  • Employer checklist for COVID-19 (here)



Most Recent update from the federal level/ resources as of 3/19/20:


President’s Guidelines on 15 Days to Slow the Spread here.

The most up-to-date information and guidance can be found via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website: HERE. The Coronavirus Task Force holds frequent national briefings which can be viewed live: HERE. You are also encouraged to follow HHS, CDC, and other agency social media channels for up-to-date information.  

Up-To-Date Information:

  • What You Should Know (here)
  • Travel Information (here)
  • Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (here)
  • Higher Risk & Special Populations (here)
  • Healthcare Professionals (here)
  • Resources for Healthcare Facilities (here)
  • Resources for Health Departments (here)
  • Laboratories (here)
  • Communication Resources (here)

Agency Resources and Hotline Contact Information: Below, please find agency-by-agency information, guidance, and contact information.

Resources – Below, please find agency-by-agency resources and guidance.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (here)
  • U.S. Department of Education (here)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (here)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (here)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (here)
  • U.S. Department of State (here)
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (here)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (here)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (here)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (here)


Hotlines – Below, please find contact information for agencies that offer COVID-19 hotlines.


FDA’s hotline (1-888-INFO-FDA) is available 24 hours a day for labs to call regarding difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples. We also encourage labs to reach out at with any questions related to diagnostic development. You may also be interested in our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page, which contains information on vaccines, diagnostic tests, drugs, medical devices, food and other products FDA regulates.

The Department of State’s phone (1-888-407-4747) is available from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Standard and is toll-free in the United States and Canada.  From other countries, citizens may call 1-202-501-4444.  Citizens may also reach out directly to U.S. Embassies and consulates overseas.  Links to Embassy links with country specific COVID-19 information is available here and health alerts can be found by searching specific countries here. Travelers who register through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at will receive urgent country-specific updates via e-mail.

The Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid customer care line remains open at 800-4-FED-AID. Additionally, questions on which the Department can be helpful should be directed to

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be reached at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636). This is a hotline for the public with questions about anything related to the CDC, so feel free to share this number with constituents. Information is also available on the CDC INFO website.

The Department of Defense offers resources for constituents to take action and stay informed about COVID-19. You can sign up for email updates and check this page regularly for the latest information.  The COVID-19 pandemic and our national response continues to evolve by the minute. If you have any questions, please visit

The U.S. Army has established a COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-984-8523.

The CBP Info Center offers a general information line at (877)227-5511. Please note that this line is not COVID-19 specific.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 here. Contacts for Regional OSHA Offices is available, and OSHA can be reached at 1-800-321-OSHA.

Frequently Asked Questions Answered by the Center for Disease Control

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.