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Future Innovator and Teacher of the Year Awardees ACESA Education
Future Innovator and Teacher of the Year Awardees ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about 5 months ago  (8/22/2019 7:46 PM)

The winners of the 2019 GCOI Future Innovator and Teacher of the Year awards have been announced!

I wish to thank all of this year’s students for the great job they have done when responding to the judge’s questions. I hope you all will continue to follow the STEM choices you have made and that you have great success in your chosen field of study.

In addition, the teachers selected for this year’s honors have gone that extra mile to help students prepare for success in their STEM fields while also helping other teachers improve their teaching methods.

Ray Quackenbush


2019 GCOI Future Innovator of the Year

Ella Wang

Basis Chandler High School
Chandler, AZ
A Novel Approach to Improving Crop Yields: Curd Residue to Enhance Soil Productivity


Emily Ignatoff

Tanque Verde High School
Tucson, AZ
An Investigation of the Interaction Between Marine Microalgae and Microplastics Over Time


Sky Harper

Navajo Preparatory High School
Farmington, NM
Novel Artificial Synthesis of Sugar from Non-Organic Compounds for Renewable Cellular Energy


Yutan Zhang

Basis Scottsdale High School (18-19, International Program)
Scottsdale, AZ
Conceptual Design of Large Subsonic Transport Aircraft With Advanced Configuration


2019 GCOI Future Innovator Honorable Mention

Hannah Guan and Maghna Ramesh    

Hamilton High School
Chandler, AZ
Evaluating the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Zileuton on Neuronal Cell Viability in an Alzheimer’s Model of Disease


Matthew Fosdick

Empire High School
Tucson, AZ
A Novel Approach to Renewable Energy: Light Simulated Active Cation Transport Membrane Via Covalent Modification with a Photoacid


2019 GCOI Teacher of the Year

Katy Gazda

Red Mountain High School
Now Teaching: Biotechnology, Concepts and Techniques, Advanced Biotechnology, Scientific Research


2019 GCOI Teacher Honorable Mention

Oguz Guvenc

Davis- Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan
Now Teaching: 11th Grade Physics, 12th Grade Dual Enrollment Engineering 102, 12th Grade Video Game Design


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2019-2020 Dates to Remember ACESA Education
2019-2020 Dates to Remember ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about 8 months ago  (5/18/2019 7:19 AM)

2019-2020 STEM in the Phoenix valley and throughout Arizona

2019-2020 Dates to Remember

Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations (ACESA)

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National Engineers Week – February 16-22, 2020
Girl Day - February 20, 2020 (Thursday)


Engineers Day at Arizona Science Center – tbd, 2020,


Mesa Public Schools Science & Engineering Fair – (not yet announced) Feb., 2020.


Arizona Science Olympiad

Division B Regionals

  • Southern – (not yet announced) February, 2020, Desert Sky Middle School, Tucson, AZ
  • Northern – (not yet announced) February, 2020, Rainbow Valley Elementary School, Buckeye, AZ

Arizona State Tournament, (not yet announced) March, 2020, Div. B & Div. C


Arizona SciTech Festival 7th Season – February 1 thru March 31, 2018

Kick-off Conference tbd 2019 -- Mesa Arts Center 7:45am-4pm,


Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) – tbd 2020

Judging of projects – 
Public viewing - 
Awards -


Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) – (not yet announced) April, 2020

Judging of projects –


Sierra Vista Science and Engineering Fair (YES Fair) – (not yet announced) February, 2020

Judging of projects –


Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium – (not yet announced) March, 2020

Judging of projects – March 2020


Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) – tbd


ASU Events (not yet announced) 


Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Annual Conference – November 7-8, 2019

Challenger Space Center of Arizona


Governor’s Celebration of Innovation – November tbd, 2019

Location tbd


Future City Competition Finals – February 19, 2020
Regional competitions -- January 2020


MathCounts –

Central AZ Chapter (not yet announced) January/February, 2020

Papago Chapter – (not yet announced) January/February, 2020


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RISE Life Long Learning ACESA Education
RISE Life Long Learning ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about a year ago  (11/23/2018 9:22 AM)

RISE is seeking STEM presenters for their winter term, 2019 (January - March)

RISE Life Long Learning is a service of Rio Salado College in Surprise, AZ.

Our winter term starts on January 7 and ends on March 1.  We organize short, 2-hour presentations for our members to keep their minds working and social skills sharp.  We still have the following dates available:


Open Dates and Times for RISE Winter 2019



No dates/times available

(Monday, January 21 and Monday February 18 are holidays and RISE/Rio is closed.)



10 a.m.-12 p.m.

January 29


1 – 3 p.m.

January 29



1 – 3 p.m.

February 27



1 - 3 p.m.

January 10

January 24

January 31



10 a.m.-12 p.m.

January 11

January 18

February 1

February 8


1 - 3 p.m.

January 11

January 18

January 25

February 1

February 8

February 15

March 1

(No classes February 22 – RISE Membership Meeting

Your help will be greatly appreciated.  Let me know if you have any questions about RISE.  Thank you!

Becky Schroeder
RISE Coordinator
Hours (These days/hours may vary.):
Mon.-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
RISE Learning for Life
Rio Salado College, Surprise
12535 West Smokey Drive
Surprise, AZ   85378
Facebook:  Rise Learning for Life


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Mesa Public Schools Science Fair Invitation to Judge ACESA Education
Mesa Public Schools Science Fair Invitation to Judge ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about a year ago  (11/23/2018 8:47 AM)

Mesa Public School's District Science and Engineering Fair is actively recruiting judges for the February 27 & 28, 2019 Event.

Judging includes interviewing students and evaluating project boards. There are a wide variety of categories to judge - from Animal Sciences to Robotics.  The grade level divisions are 5th- 6th, 7th- 8th, and High School. 

Judges can volunteer for 2 or 4 hour sessions on either day (or both days), and may request the division and categories they are most comfortable with.  If you are interested or know someone who would enjoy judging and making this a meaningful learning experience for Mesa Public School students, registration and additional information is attached.


Thank you in advance,

Tisha Bourne

Elementary Science & Social Studies Specialist


549 N Stapley Dr
Mesa, AZ 85203

480 472-0261

Email, letters, faxes, and other correspondence with the district are subject to public disclosure under the Arizona Public Records Law unless the content is exempt from disclosure by a state or federal law.

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VEX call for volunteers ACESA Education
VEX call for volunteers ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about a year ago  (11/23/2018 8:21 AM)

VEX Volunteering opportunities coming soon: December 1st AND 8th; Volunteers are needed!

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer please fill out the form below with your information and desired roles! For more information on the various roles please check out the link at the bottom of this email.



December 1st, 2018 – VEX EDR (middle & high school students using erector set – style robots)

December 8th, 2018 – VEX IQ (elementary & middle school students using lego – style robots)

March 9th, 2019 – VEX IQ Middle School Championship



(if you really don’t want to fill out the form for any reason please simply reply to this email)


We are especially interested in the following roles:

Judge (requirements: age - adult, some technical or teaching experience is expected)

Referee (requirements: age - high school to adult, some VEX experience is a plus)

Queuing (requirements: age - high school to adult, no experience is needed)


Coffee, breakfast, lunch, water, and some snacks will be available to all volunteers.


The following is a typical public schedule for the events, depending on your volunteering role, we may ask you to be earlier (7:30am):


Where:  Microchip Technology Inc.

2355 W. Chandler Blvd.

Chandler, AZ 85224

In the Cafeteria

Free and open to the public


When:    Saturday Morning on the above dates.

8:00                         Doors open

8:30 – 9:45             Design Judging, Inspection, and Skills matches

9:45 – 10:15          Drivers’ Meeting

10:30 – 12:00       Qualifications, skills challenges and Robot Design Judging

12:00 – 12:45       Lunch break

12:45 – 3:00         Qualifications, skills challenges, and judging resumes

3:00 – 3:30           Robot and Programming Skills Matches

3:30 – 4:30           Finals

4:30 – 5:00           Closing Ceremonies/Awards


(Schedule can vary.)


Some further information for all VEX volunteer roles:



Corey Simoncic

VEX Event Partner

Microchip Technology


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ASU Fulton Schools activities for 2018-2019 ACESA Education
ASU Fulton Schools activities for 2018-2019 ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about a year ago  (10/4/2018 7:45 PM)

ASU STEM Virtual Career Fair (October 12)

Career Exploration Night (October 16 @ Tempe & October 24 @ Polytechnic)

Comunidad de Ingenieros STEM Networking Mixer (October 10)


Fulton Schools Career Fair (February 19 & 20 2019 @ Tempe & February 21 @ Polytechnic)

Register for ASU STEM Virtual Career Fair (October 12): Register Now through CareerEco. Learn more about how the virtual career fair works.

Register for Career Exploration Night (October 16 @ Tempe & October 24 @ Polytechnic): This freshman-focused event is an educational opportunity for engineering professionals to share their college & career experiences with future innovators and entrepreneurs. It is also a great way to expose your company brand to our students early on! Register to attend. Learn more about the event and what to expect.

Sign up for Comunidad de Ingenieros STEM Networking Mixer (October 10): MAES - Latinos in Science and Engineering and SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers are hosting Comunidad de Ingenieros., an event aimed at providing students in STEM fields the opportunity to network with professionals and to ask for career advice and tips for success in their fields of study. The event will be on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 from 5:30-7:00pm on the Tempe campus at the Memorial Union. Although this is a Latinx-focused event, we appreciate all professionals willing to participate. Interested? Complete this form:

Save-the-Date: Spring 2019 Fulton Schools Career Fair (February 19 & 20 @ Tempe & February 21 @ Polytechnic). Registration will open through Handshake in early December.


Connect with Fulton Student Organizations: Help students discover their passions, develop career skills, become leaders, and build industry connections while having fun! Check out our 60+ orgs in the Student Org Directory and feel free to connect with them.

  • Here’s a highlight from – Engineers Without Borders: Engineers Without Borders is an organization that strives to use engineering-based knowledge to solve real-world issues all around the globe. The Arizona State University chapter of E.W.B. has pushed to use lessons learned in class to aid communities in Pune, India and Shonto, Arizona. The Arizona based projects have begun taking trips to the site in order to gain more in-depth knowledge of the area and the needs of the community. From solar panel arrays to water pumps, the Shonto based projects utilize a wide variety of skills and specialties. Over in India, our club is working on building wells in order to provide the local community with a clean source of drinking water. Outside of the projects themselves, the organization works with industry professionals and local companies to foster professional development for our members. Whether it be presentations, workshops, or tours of local businesses, coordination with professionals in engineering fields enables our members to learn new skills or gain more insight into prospective careers. Contact Samuel Binkley, Outreach Chair, to connect with E.W.B.!


Get Involved in Fulton K12 Outreach Programs (details attached): We are looking for industry partners to support outreach by participating in programs, such as Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) High, Young Engineers Shape the World, First Lego League, Girls Make-A-Thon and others.

Feel free to reach out to us at the Fulton Schools of Engineering Career Center with any questions you have. We’re always happy to help!

With Gratitude,

Cher Stevens, M.Ed.
Employer Relations M-Z
Arizona State University
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Career Center
660 S. Mill Ave, Ste 107 | Centerpoint Building A 
Tempe, Arizona 85281 [Map]
P: 480.965.2276 | | 


Lauren Majure
Employer RelationsFulton Schools Career Center

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
660 S. Mill Ave, Ste 107 | Centerpoint Building A | Tempe, AZ 85281 [Map]


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Engineering Is Big In AZ!! ACESA Education
Engineering Is Big In AZ!! ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about 1 years ago  (4/1/2018 5:58 PM)

The Phoenix Business Journal has compiled some statistics on the local Engineering economy.

PhxBusJournal Engineering Careers 2018

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ACESA site reboot ACESA Education
ACESA site reboot ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about 3 years ago  (11/7/2016 1:28 PM)

The ACESA website has been updated (as you no doubt have noted)!

All good things come to those that wait, and now the wait is over.  ACESA introduces a great destination for STEM and Education news in the Phoenix Valley and the state of Arizona.  For information on how your organization can become an ACESA member and contribute news and announcements, click on the Contact link at the top of the page and get in touch with an ACESA officer!

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