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STaR is an innovative, hands-on program that is led by expert facilitators and content specialists focused on addressing common misconceptions about STEM subjects that are often taught in the classroom. STaR starts with four days of instruction at Arizona Science Center and one day of asynchronous learning. The program gives participants the tools to take these same lessons back to their schools and classrooms.

Participating teachers also receive a year of individualized mentoring and coaching as part of STaR. At the end of the program, they will walk away with all the materials needed to create lesson plans to effectively teach what they've learned.

Upcoming Modules

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STaR Life Science Module

October 7-8 and 14-15, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will engage in four days of hands-on, research-based learning activities that challenge common student misconceptions about Life Science. Explore how energy flows through an ecosystem, how organisms adapt to their ever changing environments, how animals and plants depend on each other for survival, and so much more!

Application open through September 30, 2022.

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Life Science

STaR Space Science Module

February 24-25 and March 3-4, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will engage in four days of hands-on, research-based learning activities that challenge common student* misconceptions about space science. Explore how the Earth and Moon move within our solar system, why the Moon's appearance changes, the cause of eclipses and the effects of Earth's tilt on the length of days and seasons.

Application open through February 10, 2023.

*Focused on grades 5–6 

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Generously supported by the Richard F. Caris Charitable Trust.

Criteria to Apply

Your school must meet one of the following:

  • Qualify for Title 1 Funding,
  • Have a large population of Native American and/or Latino students, or
  • Be located in rural Arizona and consistently experience high teacher turnover.

You must teach general education science or STEM in grades three through eight.

Application Requirements

A letter of Understanding must be submitted to participate.

Agreement outlines:

  • An understanding of the time commitment (five days of professional development)
  • A commitment that coaches will support you on your campus
  • A commitment to implementing the provided lesson plans
  • Signature from your administration


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Arizona Science Center's STaR program is generously supported by Helios Education Foundation.

About Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. The Foundation’s work is driven by four fundamental beliefs in Community, Investment, Equity, and Partnership. Helios invests in programs and initiatives across the full education continuum – from early grade success through postsecondary education. In Arizona, where Latino students comprise the largest percentage of the K-12 public school population, the Foundation is implementing its Arizona Latino Student Success initiative focused on preparing all students - especially students in high poverty, underserved Latino communities - for success. Through Helios’ Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, the Foundation is helping underserved, minority, first-generation students from the state's large population centers in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa achieve a postsecondary education. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested more than $200 million in education programs and initiatives in both states. To learn more about Helios, visit

Additional support for STaR is generously provided by:

APS | Richard F. Caris Charitable Trust | Freeport-McMoRan Foundation | Helios Education Foundation |
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