SciTech Programs: Promoting STEM Collaborations in Arizona

Community STEM Programs

The SciTech Institute works with collaborates throughout Arizona to build and promote programs that help business and education leaders provide students with the STEM (STEAM when you include the arts) knowledge and tools they will need to succeed. These are some of the programs we have helped develop.

Rural Activation and Innovation Network (RAIN)

RAIN is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Innovations in Development project supporting informal STEM education (ISE) in rural Arizona.

Spearheaded by Arizona State University, Arizona Science Center, community leaders in four rural regions across Arizona, and the Lifelong Learning Group of COSI, the team is collectively engaging 60,000 children and parents and 1,000 STEM professionals by project completion.

Science Happens Here

Science Happens Here, an initiative of Local First Arizona, RAIN, and SciTech Institute, is a trading card game designed to engage Arizona’s rural 3-8 grade students and help them better understand the science that surrounds them in their everyday lives.

Kids collect the cards at local businesses and visit the Science Happens Here website to conduct science experiments at home using household items.

AZ STEM School Community of Practice

As part of the first cohort of STEM Ecosystems Initiative launched by the national STEM Funders Network (SFN) in September 2015, the AZ STEM Community of Practice (AZSTEM COP) is a diverse collaboration of schools, industry, and community leaders, empowering practitioners to learn from one another and transform how STEM impacts schools and Arizona’s future workforce. The AZSTEM COP is led by the SciTech Institute, Arizona Science Center, ASU’s Entrepreneurship + Innovation, and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency.

Science Bowl

The Arizona Middle and High School Science Bowls are regional competitions of the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® (NSB). These Jeopardy-style competitions engage school teams from across the state. The teams consist of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as a coach. Teams face-off in fast-paced question-and-answer rounds on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

National Counting Bee

The National Counting Bee™ is an annual, fast-paced math competition in which contestants calculate a broad selection of skip-counting patterns with a varying degree of difficulty. Created by Scott Flansburg, “The Human Calculator®” (a nickname given to him by television star Regis Philbin), the program’s mission is to help students improve basic arithmetic skills and promote numeracy.

The Counting Bee™ is open to K-12 students from public, private, charter, and home schools. The top 10 students from each age group and category then compete. The inaugural competition was held November 8, 2018 in Arizona. This year’s winners included:

– Puranjay Madupu, age 7, Chandler, AZ
– Ojas Guttal, age 8, Chandler, AZ
– Aydin Daniel, age 9, Scottsdale, AZ
– Devansh Avlani, age 10, Chandler, AZ
– Rahul Patel, age 11, Phoenix, AZ
– Eric Sanchez, age 12, Mesa, AZ

East Valley STEM Alliance

The East Valley STEM Alliance (EVSA) is a free networking group open to valley companies, school districts, nonprofits with STEM programming and City’s Economic Development staff. The EVSA connects our community’s K-12 students to technology and innovation with a goal of increasing the pipeline of future STEM talent and leaders. By partnering with industry and the academic community, we strive to meet the demands of the future workforce by inspiring students to consider STEM careers.