ACESA
Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations
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Nominations for the 2022 Teacher of the Year are now closed.

Arizona's Teacher of the Year has been honored annually for many years. Click here for a description of a successful Teacher of the Year

Watch this space for the announcement of winners and runners-up! 

Follow this link to see previous
GCOI winners and runners-up.

STEM/CTE AROUND TOWN
GCOI Teachers of the Year and Future Innovators of the Year

All GCOI Teacher-of-the-Year and Future-Innovator-of-the-Year award recipients are listed here.

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Infographics for free distribution

Here are some posters and graphics that help tell about science, engineering and careers, royalty free.

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Question: What do you wish you had known before becoming an engineer?

Recently, in an on-line forum, a high school teacher asked a simple question. Here are some of the answers from working engineers, and some of the top answers:

  • Engineering is worth nothing if the designer/engineer can’t communicate to their clients/users why their product matters.
  • Engineering is not all calculations. More often than not, my days are spent reading multiple code provisions.
  • Not every engineer needs to do high-level math.
  • I'd teach the art of answering questions that aren't designed to be solved. 99% of everything I was asked in high school and 90% of college were questions that led you to the answer.
  • Engineering is odd field in that it's so broad you can't really say what it is that they do.

An infographic about what electrical engineers do is available here.

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Engineering Is Big In AZ!!

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

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GCOI's Arizona Teacher of the Year

Governor's Celebration of Innovation

Honoring a Teacher of the Year (AzTOY) has been part of the Arizona landscape for many years, and in the early 2000's the Arizona Technology Council under the leadership of Steve Zylstra, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority headed by Sandra Watson, incorporated this award program into their annual technology awards showcase. The Teacher of the Year award winners represent the best of the best of Arizona educators in STEM and CTE curriculum.

2022 entry information.

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STEM or CTE? What's the difference?

What is STEM? What is CTE? What do these acronym’s stand for? What method(s) are involved in the utilization of and/or application of these concepts?

In today's educational environment, STEM and CTE are sometimes treated as separate disciplines, but underneath there are many similarities. How do we apply these “tools” to educational needs and our everyday environment?

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Volunteer Openings at ACESA

ACESA is expanding and there are volunteer opportunities available right now! All of the three primary projects at ACESA are looking for volunteers.

If you would like to take on some of the planning and execution, or just ask questions, please contact an ACESA board member. You may have seen the ACESA show booth at many of the street fairs and STEM events around the Valley. This year we would like to expand to include the technical societies and associations that are available to our professional colleagues.

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STEM Careers in the U.S. Military

To learn more, click here how we use STEM in the military today!

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Volunteer opportunities at Az Science Lab
The Arizona Science Lab (ASL) offers STEM workshops for student classes in grades 4-8. These are four-hour, project-based workshops taught by expert volunteer engineers and scientists. It is an exciting science field trip for Arizona students!
Volunteers are needed on a regular basis.
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Membership in ACESA

Membership in ACESA is a way for your society, association or organization to pool resources with like-minded technology groups. ACESA acts as a clearinghouse of information on technical events and award programs for excellence in science and mathematics. If any of these activities interest your organization, you will benefit by membership in ACESA.

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For Professional Associations

The 1957 mission of ACESA was to support, promote and coordinate programs and activities of the engineering and scientific associations within the State of Arizona through facilitated communication and leadership support.

Although times and technology have altered the way things can be done, that mission has remained unchanged for these 60 years.

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ISEF Categories and Subcategories

Projects entered in a science fair are categorized according to the field of study represented. More info is available from the Society for Science.

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STEM/CTE HAPPENINGS
Friday
26 Aug 2022
  
ARL Arizona Robotics League Qualifier Event #3
 
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 until Saturday, 27 Aug 
Friday
16 Sep 2022
  
ARL Arizona Robotics League Qualifier Event #4
 
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 until Saturday, 17 Sep 
Friday
28 Oct 2022
 5:00 PM 
SPOOKTACULAR HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
Over 20 Hot Air Balloons on display and passing out over 4,000 pounds of candy to Trick-or-Treaters, live music, food and beverage, a FREE Kids Zone with over 30 inflatable slides and...
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 until Saturday, 29 Oct 
Saturday
29 Oct 2022
  
ARL Arizona Robotics League Qualifier Event #5
 
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 until Sunday, 30 Oct 
Tuesday
08 Nov 2022
 4:00 PM 
2022 GOVERNOR’S CELEBRATION OF INNOVATION AWARDS
This year marks the 19th year of this prestigious event that attracts more than 700 attendees for a night of networking, dining and entertainment. The event will consist of a Tech Showcase...
Friday
25 Nov 2022
  
ARL Arizona Robotics League Championship
Tentative date!!
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 until Saturday, 26 Nov 
Saturday
25 Feb 2023
 10:00 AM 
Chandler Innovation Fair (CIF) 2023
Now in its 12th year, we are continuing to partner with the Chandler Unified School District's Innovation Fair, which brings about greater district participation. This free...
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