ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER'S STEM PROGRAMS

STEM is a state-wide revolutionary program that integrates the teaching of Science and Mathematics by incorporating Technology and Engineering. For years, these subjects have been taught separately and most of the time independent from each other. By adopting the STEM philosophy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics all play an integral part of teaching the whole.

The hands-on curriculum focuses on transforming the typical teacher-centered classroom by utilizing inquiry-based learning. In 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.

"Thank you for bringing camp to our school. My daughter has had her eyes opened to new career paths. She told me every night after camp… 'Mom…I want to be an engineer…' Next night…a forensic scientist, a surgeon. It was so encouraging that we went to the library to look up those jobs to see what kind of school they take. Thank you for opening her eyes to see what a girl can do!" -STEM Summer Camp Parent

STEM After School Clubs 

Jump in and see how exciting STEM can be! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Jr. Scientists meet once a week for nine 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. Arizona Science Center STEM Clubs create a fun-filled, hands-on environment for high-level learning. (Program lengths can be customized upon request.)


STEM Clubs available in 2017–2018

 

Junior Computer Scientists will learn the ins and outs of computer coding, robotics, Arduino and how to "speak" to a computer. You will learn important processes and procedures and how a simple grammatical error can crash their entire code. By the end of the club, you will be able to use basic code and think like a computer.

Throughout this program, Junior Scientists will have the chance to learn all the basics of forensic science. Everything from blood spatter analysis to processing for latent fingerprints will be covered throughout this program. Junior Scientists will have to put their skills to the test at the end in order to figure out what crime was committed, who committed it and how to properly go about finding these answers so that everything stands as reliable in court. By the end of this club, they will be able to add "gumshoe" to their list of skills!

Junior Scientists will be encouraged to view the Sonoran Desert up close and through many perspectives. Junior Scientists will look at the Sonoran Desert and interpret the interconnections needed to sustain a habitat for both people and animals. They then will learn how to conduct a field study to further develop observation skills while collecting, comparing and discussing data. Junior Scientists will explore the diversity of plant life, the water cycle and water usage as well as birds, animals and solar energy.

Learn about food from every angle. Examine how water, soil and energy are used to process, produce and manufacture food and invent ways to improve these systems. Discover the biology and chemistry behind taste and flavor and delve into digestion and metabolism. Your number sense will be developed as you analyze your own caloric needs and then compare and contrast ecological and monetary costs to meet such needs.

Discover the truth about the animals that make you go ICK!!! Step into the shoes of an ecologist as you explore the world of these fascinating species and the beneficial roles that they play in our ecosystem. Junior ecologists will encounter some of these species firsthand while investigating their unique characteristics. By the end of club, you won't be saying ICK anymore!

Junior Marine Biologists will dive into the fascinating world of Oceanography without leaving the desert! Discover the secrets of the deep sea; Explore the chemistry of coral reefs; Learn about the diversity of ocean habitats and much more!

STEM Club Instructor Training

9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Lunch is included
CREATE at Arizona Science Center
Price: $1800 per session date

Whether you already have a STEM club at your school or you are planning to start a new one, let us support you with inspiring, engaging, and exciting activities. Our STEM Teacher Workshops are professional development courses that give you insight into inquiry-based science and provides you with the materials, curriculum and training to facilitate a nine week out-of-school-time club of your own. Each training date includes training for two teachers for a total of six professional development hours, one kit of materials and one quarter of club curriculum. Each session will introduce a new STEM Club topic.

2019 Dates and Club Themes: 

Feb. 9, 2019 - Design and Build it

Put your students’ engineering skills to the test as they explore different types of engineering. Junior scientists will compete in various engineering challenges and learn about the design process. Each day will introduce a new challenge.


May 18, 2019 - To be determined

Price: $1800 per session which includes six hours of professional development for two instructors, one kit of materials, curriculum for 9 weeks of STEM Club on one theme, and lunch.
For more information and to register, contact stem@azscience.org


 

STEM To-Go/Take Homes Kits

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. 

Contact us at stem@azscience.org for more current kit information.


 

STEM 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.

Click here to view a current listing of kits. 

Contact

For more information, please contact us at stem@azscience.org.