The hands-on curriculum focuses on transforming the typical teacher-centered classroom by utilizing inquiry-based learning. This approach Independent innovation drives the energy behind the STEM program and allows students to explore all subjects to greater depths by utilizing the skills learned.
STEM School Break Camp
Get ready for an experience to remember! Available to statewide kids in grade 4-8, during the breaks when school is out, STEM Camp offers sensational experiences that make learning fun!
With all camps being held at a parks and recreation facilities, it is convenient for Jr. Scientists from around your neighborhood to join in the adventure. Arizona Science Center provides all materials and a fantastic STEM instructor to facilitate the fun and learning.
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Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning? Investigate with STEM Club at local parks, recreation centers and here at Arizona Science Center! The STEM Saturdays is conducted by a trained instructor. We bring buckets of materials for hours of projects and experiments to captivate children. As each Jr. Scientist grabs their lab coat on the way in, the STEM adventure begins.
Now holding STEM Saturdays at your site!
View a list of offsite STEM Saturday offerings HERE!
After School STEM Club
Jump in and see how exciting STEM can be! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Jr. Scientists meet once a week for ten weeks as a club at their own school. Each club is a new adventure for the Jr. Scientist, allowing them to discover and engage in their learning. They dissect, explore, build and explode. Arizona Science Center creates a fun-filled environment for high-level learning.
Do It Yourself Kits
Curriculum is based upon current best practices in science education incorporating proven interventions such as guided inquiry, modeling, and conceptual change theory. All curricula include lessons and activities which are aligned with Arizona State Standards and Common Core ELA standards and can easily be linked to classroom curriculum.
Designed for grades 4 – 8
View our full list Curriculum Kits HERE!
To-Go Kits/Take Homes
To–Go activities are designed to reinforce STEM education and encourage students to continue their learning experience outside the classroom and involve the entire family. Activities pertain to architecture, math and engineering.
View a list of the STEM To–Go activities HERE!
Arizona Science Center offers many opportunities for professional development for K-8 teachers in the areas of inquiry-based learning and STEM education. After-school, one-day and three-day trainings are available for teachers. We are also able to customize on-site trainings that fit your needs. All lessons align to state science and national Common Core state standards and will be tailored to specific district curriculum. Materials for all curriculums may be purchased at an additional cost. In addition, ongoing mentoring of each teacher participant will be conducted via the Internet through sites such as IDEAL and through personal contacts. More information and opportunities for Professional Development can be found by visiting the Center for Teacher Success.
Want to help?
STEM projects and experiments use many materials that you have in your own home! You can help by collecting the following materials and dropping them by Arizona Science Center. Recycling with a Bonus!
- Cardboard Tubes (paper towel tubes, toilet tissue tubes)
- Recyclable Materials
- Wire Coat Hangers
- Soil Samples
- Wine Corks
- Plastic Jugs (gallon)
- Milk carton ( ½ gallon)
- 2 Liter Soda Bottles
- Mesquite Pods
- Foam Popcorn