Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations
2023 GCOI Contest Entries

Congratulations to the 2023 GCOI Teacher and Student Innovator of the Year! Click here for details!

Winners will be honored at the 2023 GCOI event!

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

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

Arizona STEM Calendar

Scroll down for the quick view of what's happening in Arizona STEM!

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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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What I've learned about those who succeeded
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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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15 Jan 2024
Future City Competition
Model viewing beginning on the 15th. Final presentation Saturday Jan 20th (finals at Casteel High School) Power Rd. near Chandler Heights
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 until Saturday, 20 Jan 
17 Feb 2024
 10:00 AM 
Southwest Maker Fest 2024
Southwest Maker Fest  is a collaborative one-day festival and community of makers seeking to achieve the vision of a connected community, empowered by creativity. The Southwest...
24 Feb 2024
 10:00 AM 
Chandler Innovation Fair
Chandler Innovation Fair, 10-2 (set-up before 8:30), Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024,
28 Mar 2024
STEM Cafe at GCU
The event will be March 28th at GCU. They are targeting 400 attendees from 40 Valley schools, the technical community, and from industry (STEM professionals).
03 Apr 2024
Az Science and Engineering Fair 2024
AzSEF 2024 will be held at Mountain American Stadium (a.k.a. Sun Devil Stadium), 500 East Veteran's Way, Tempe, AZ 85287. Plenty of free parking for this event and on-site concessions! ...
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 until Saturday, 06 Apr 
10 May 2024
PER334 – When Disaster Strikes: Prepare, Act, Survive
The official registration instructions can be found here:   Bulletin - PER334-007 - May 10-11 - Mesa.docx That document will give you instructions on how to set up an...
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 until Saturday, 11 May 
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