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.
2019 GCOI Future Innovator of the Year
Basis Chandler High School
A Novel Approach to Improving Crop Yields: Curd Residue to Enhance Soil Productivity
Tanque Verde High School
An Investigation of the Interaction Between Marine Microalgae and Microplastics Over Time
Navajo Preparatory High School
Novel Artificial Synthesis of Sugar from Non-Organic Compounds for Renewable Cellular Energy
Basis Scottsdale High School (18-19, International Program)
Conceptual Design of Large Subsonic Transport Aircraft With Advanced Configuration
2019 GCOI Future Innovator Honorable Mention
Hannah Guan and Maghna Ramesh
Hamilton High School
Evaluating the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Zileuton on Neuronal Cell Viability in an Alzheimer’s Model of Disease
Empire High School
A Novel Approach to Renewable Energy: Light Simulated Active Cation Transport Membrane Via Covalent Modification with a Photoacid
2019 GCOI Teacher of the Year
Red Mountain High School
Now Teaching: Biotechnology, Concepts and Techniques, Advanced Biotechnology, Scientific Research
2019 GCOI Teacher Honorable Mention
Davis- Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan
Now Teaching: 11th Grade Physics, 12th Grade Dual Enrollment Engineering 102, 12th Grade Video Game Design
2019-2020 STEM in the Phoenix valley and throughout Arizona
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
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 -
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
Governor’s Celebration of Innovation – November tbd, 2019
Future City Competition Finals – February 19, 2020
Regional competitions -- January 2020
Central AZ Chapter (not yet announced) January/February, 2020
Papago Chapter – (not yet announced) January/February, 2020
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:
No dates/times available
(Monday, January 21 and Monday February 18 are holidays and RISE/Rio is closed.)
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1 – 3 p.m.
1 – 3 p.m.
1 - 3 p.m.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1 - 3 p.m.
(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!
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
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,
Elementary Science & Social Studies Specialist
549 N Stapley Dr
Mesa, AZ 85203
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.
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:
VEX Event Partner
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 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: https://goo.gl/forms/RhlEIFdLiXWORyNq2
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.
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!
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | career.engineering.asu.edu
Employer Relations, Fulton Schools Career Center
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
660 S. Mill Ave, Ste 107 | Centerpoint Building A | Tempe, AZ 85281 [Map]
The Phoenix Business Journal has compiled some statistics on the local Engineering economy.
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!