ACESA
Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations
The STEM Calendar
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The 2022 Teacher and Future Innovators of the Year, as well as the honorable mentions, will be recognized at the Governor's Celebration of Innovation on November 8.

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 to learn when nominations for 2023 will be accepted! 

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

STEM/CTE AROUND TOWN
What I've learned about those who succeeded
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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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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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STEM/CTE HAPPENINGS
Friday
02 Dec 2022
  
First Lego League: Microchip FLL Tournament
2022* Sanghi State Championship confirmed Oct 21 and 22 @ ASU* Microchip VEX Robotics Competition Tournament; Nov 18-19* Microchip FLL Tournament; Dec 2-32023* FRC Kickoff @ Saguaro...
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 until Saturday, 03 Dec 
Saturday
03 Dec 2022
  
RoboBucs Winter Rumble #1 - VRC/Blended
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Saturday
03 Dec 2022
  
First Lego League Chandler High School
First Lego League is looking for judges to participate in the upcoming tournaments. The focus this year is “Superpowered: Explore where energy comes from and how it is distributed,...
Saturday
10 Dec 2022
  
First Lego League Metro Tech High School
First Lego League is looking for judges to participate in the upcoming tournaments. The focus this year is “Superpowered: Explore where energy comes from and how it is distributed,...
Saturday
10 Dec 2022
  
Surprise (AZ) SciTech Festival
The City of Surprise celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) efforts in the community by holding an annual SciTech Festival. This free, fun-filled...
Saturday
10 Dec 2022
  
Desert Ridge HS Jingle Spin up Blended MS&HS
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Saturday
10 Dec 2022
 12:00 PM 
Taking Flight 2022
The concept of this event is to introduce the community, students and adults to Aviation, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Robotics and UAV/UAS career paths in those areas. I hope to attract...
Saturday
10 Dec 2022
  
First Lego League Red Mountain High School
First Lego League is looking for judges to participate in the upcoming tournaments. The focus this year is “Superpowered: Explore where energy comes from and how it is distributed,...
Saturday
17 Dec 2022
  
First Lego League Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies
First Lego League is looking for judges to participate in the upcoming tournaments. The focus this year is “Superpowered: Explore where energy comes from and how it is distributed,...
Saturday
07 Jan 2023
  
First Robotics: FRC Kickoff
2022* Sanghi State Championship confirmed Oct 21 and 22 @ ASU* Microchip VEX Robotics Competition Tournament; Nov 18-19* Microchip FLL Tournament; Dec 2-32023* FRC Kickoff @ Saguaro...
Saturday
07 Jan 2023
  
Desert Ridge HS Let's Spin up Blended MS&HS
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Saturday
14 Jan 2023
  
2022-2023 Arizona College Prep VRC Qualifier (Blended)
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Saturday
14 Jan 2023
  
White Mountain Blended VRC Qualifying Tournament
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Friday
20 Jan 2023
  
SARSEF Regional S&E Fair -- registration
Project registration January 20 – February 26 Project registration opens January 20 Project registration closes February 26 Judging March 4 –...
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 until Sunday, 26 Feb 
Wednesday
01 Feb 2023
  
SciTech Festival
The Arizona SciTech Festival is a multi-week, colorful showcase of more than 1,000 science, engineering, technology (STEM) and innovation events in over 50 Arizona cities featuring...
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 until Tuesday, 28 Feb 
Saturday
04 Feb 2023
 6:00 PM 
Galaxy Gala at Arizona Science Center
Dogs! A Science Tail An immersive journey into the power, the magic, the history of the canine connection in our lives.
Saturday
11 Feb 2023
  
Desert Ridge HS Annual Sr Recognition Spin up Blended MS&HS
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
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