SciTech Institute is a collaborative organization, serving to productively align Arizona’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematical or STEM assets (STEAM, when you include the arts), and attracting grants, resources and support from both within and beyond the state’s borders by promoting and connecting Arizona’s industries, leaders and successes and building a world-class community of STEM-literate workers.
STEM or science, technology, engineering and mathematics represent the disciplines of knowledge by which we understand, measure, and design our world. Since 2012, the SciTech Institute, founded by the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona, is a collaborative organization striving to align STEM assets (STEAM, when you include the arts) and catalyze local resources within Arizona and beyond. The goals are to:
– Increase awareness and understanding of the wealth of STEM-related community knowledge, activities and practice;
– Promote community-based, participatory formal and informal STEM education sensitive to local values, practices, resources and interests; and
– Build a world-class pipeline of STEM-literate workers.
The Chief Science Officer (CSO) program, modeled on student government, elevates the student voice by bringing their peers and community leaders together to ignite new opportunities in STEM and innovation. CSOs are destined to…
– Create a pipeline of diverse STEM leaders prepared for college, careers and civic engagement;
– Enrich school STEM culture and career awareness.
– Increase the engagement of STEM professionals and community partners with STEM K-12 education.
– Increase student voice in STEM conversations in their schools and communities.
The annual Arizona SciTech Festival is a grassroots statewide celebration of STEM fueled by a collaborative of over 800 industry, academia, arts, civic, and community organizations. With over 2,000 expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and tours held in 80+ diverse neighborhoods throughout the state in 2018, the Festival is the third largest celebration in the nation.
2018 also marked the launch of a statewide Sonora SciTech Festival! A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the SciTech Institute and the Secretaria de Educación y Cultura in Sonora, Mexico is creating a collaborative environment to promote exchange relationships in STEM and culture in the Mega Region.
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, 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.
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
The Arizona Hubs Advancing Computer Science (AZ HACS) strives to improve computer science and computational thinking by providing K-12 teachers with access to the tools and technology they need to help students succeed.
In November 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) approved the Arizona Computer Science for All proposal which promotes the use of computer science and computational thinking in the classroom and supports the development of Research-Practitioner Partnerships (RPP).
Local RPP’s are teams of innovative thinkers, changemakers and collaborators who work with a statewide network to identify issues, gather reliable data, and make informed decisions to improve the quality of CS/CT education.