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ARIZONA'S NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP DELEGATES
April 2017

Governor Doug Ducey today announced that Alice Wong and Isaac Mordukhovich have been selected as Arizona’s delegates to the 2017 National Youth Science Camp. At the invitation of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia, they will participate in the 54th Annual National Youth Science Camp held near the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia. Shuchi Sharma and Deven Carmichael have been selected as alternates.

Alice Wong is a senior at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, where she is the Co-Captain and Fundraising Committee Chairperson of the Varsity Badminton team, President of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Vice President of the Ironwood Library Teen Council, and a participant in the Desert Vista Science Olympiad. Last summer she participated in the Women’s Technology Program (EECS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she studied electrical engineering, computer science, and discrete mathematics for four weeks. Her honors include serving as the Class of 2017 Valedictorian, a 2017 National Merit Finalist, and a 2016 National AP Scholar.

Isaac Mordukhovich is a senior at BASIS Chandler, where he is a peer tutor and a Red Cross Club member. Isaac has volunteered at Hospice of the Valley since 2013, and he has served as the Service Committee Chair of the National Honor Society since 2013. He currently interns at the Mills Laboratory at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Last summer he interned at the Helios Scholars at TGen Program as well as the Barmada Laboratory at the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. Isaac is a National Merit Finalist, a 2016 National AP Scholar and was named Best Diplomat at the Mesa Community College Model United Nations Conference in February.

Click here to read the full press release.

ARIZONA GEOGRAPHY BEE
March 2017

On March 31, 2017 Governor Ducey attended the Arizona Geography Bee at Arizona State University to congratulate the contestants and praise their commitment to STEM education. He also competed in a mini bee against Representative Matt Salmon.  

NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP
January 2017

The Governor’s Office of Education is calling for applications to the 2017 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), an annual program that rewards two high-achieving high school seniors from each state in the U.S. with a fully funded summer camp experience dedicated to scientific exploration. The nearly month-long program centered in West Virginia includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation, overnight camping trips into the Monongahela National Forest, and a visit to Washington D.C. Selected delegates must demonstrate academic achievement in science and show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.  

The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to its participants. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge. Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday, June 14, and depart on Saturday, July 8, 2017. 

Applications must be submitted by 6 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To apply, visit http://apply.nysc.org

For more information, contact the NYSC Selection Coordinators listed below or explore these resources:

National Youth Science Camp Website

2017 National Youth Science Camp Flier

NYSC Selection Coordinators

Nikki Lazarus

Education Program Coordinator

Governor's Office of Education

(602) 542 - 3427

nlazarus@az.gov

 

Lacey Wieser

Director of K-12 Science and Stem

Arizona Department of Education

(602) 364 - 2332

lacey.weiser@azed.gov

 

 

COYOTES FUTURE GOALS (STEM) PROGRAM

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Today’s students have unprecedented access to the tools of the digital age — computers, mobile devices, and social media — but they are not being taught how to leverage that technology in a responsible and safe way. Upon graduating, these students will compete in an emerging global economy fueled by rapid innovation, but many will be unprepared to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We’re facing a growing shortage of employees with STEM skills, yet the majority of teens lose interest in these subjects before they enter tenth grade.

Inspire Student Interest in STEM Skills

In partnership with EverFi, the nation’s leading critical skills education platform, the Future Goals Program teaches important skills that help prepare them for success in life. Using the fast-paced, exciting game of hockey as a learning vehicle, the program helps students understand the real world applications of science and math principles.

Hockey Scholar™ covers the following topics:

      • Engineering behind equipment
      • Calculating ice surface area and volume
      • Circumference, area of circles, radius & diameter
      • States of matter & phase changes
      • Examination of mass, velocity and kinetic energy
      • Manipulating variables to run experiments
      • Data analysis and drawing conclusions


Recommended Grade Level: 5th – 7th*

The Future Goals program is committed to sparking student interest in STEM topics and helping students become college-ready, career-ready, and life-ready.

Click here to find out more!

COMPUTER SCIENCE IN ARIZONA

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• Arizona currently has 9,657 open computing jobs (2.8 times the average demand rate in Arizona).
• The average salary for a computing occupation in AZ is $85,165, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($45,310).
• Arizona had only 484 university computer science graduates in 2014; only 15% were female.
• In 2016, 438 high school students in Arizona took the AP Computer Science exam; only 23% were female; 62 students were Hispanic or Latino; 4 students were Black; 1 student was Native American and only 1 student was Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
• Only 42 schools in AZ (13% of AZ schools with AP programs) offered the AP Computer Science course in the 2015-2016 school year. There are fewer AP exams taken in computer science than in any other STEM subject area.

SUPPORT K-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION IN ARIZONA

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Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computing occupations are the number 1 source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees. And computing is used all around us and in virtually every field. It’s foundational knowledge that all students need. But computer science is marginalized throughout education. Fewer than half of U.S. schools offer any computer science courses and only 8% of STEM graduates study it. We need to improve access for all students, including groups who have traditionally been underrepresented.

GEODAYTRIP - GEOCIVICS: A DAY AT THE CAPITOL MALL
November 12, 2016

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Arizona Geographic Alliance and the Arizona Capitol Museum will host a half-day, no-cost professional development workshop for K-12 teachers. The workshop includes:

      • A tour of the State Capitol
      • Showcase of GeoCivics Lessons (lessons that integrate geography and civics as well as other subjects like language arts and history)
      • GeoCaching in Wesley Bolin Park
      • See our Giant Mao of Arizona 

To find out more click here.

THE GREAT ARIZONA CODE CHALLENGE
July 22 & 23, 2016

The Great Arizona Code Challenge is the largest coding event for AZ kids, with space for up to 200. This event is open to kids from all over Arizona, whether you have been coding for years or you're just getting started. Kids from grades 3-12 compete by creating coding projects in teams. There will be food, tshirts, fun, learning, peer interaction, and amazing prizes.

Click here to see a video from last year's event. 

Grades 9-12: Arrive on Friday morning, form teams, and code all day and all night. You will make apps to support local nonprofits, learning to use your coding powers for good.

Grades 3-8: Arrive Saturday morning and spend the day making games and apps. 

There will be classes and mentors to help coders of all skill levels, plus workshops about the fun things that are possible when you know computer programming. Also, food. Lots of good food. And t-shirts.

After the coding is over, all the kids will have a chance to present their project to their peers in a "show and tell" session. Expert judges will choose winning teams and award awesome prizes at the closing ceremony, open to families and the general public on Saturday evening (family members need to reserve seats for the closing reception, but the coders are covered under their registration). 

Click here to register.

For more information, please contact Kelly Smith at kelly@prenda.com.

ARIZONA'S NATIONAL SCIENCE CAMP DELEGATES
April 2016

Governor Doug Ducey today announced that Sophia Liu and Jack Burgess have been selected as Arizona’s delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. At the invitation of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia, they will participate in the 53rd Annual National Youth Science Camp held near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia. Brianne Sprehe, and Karen Guo have been selected as alternates.


Sophia Liu is a senior at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, where she is the Math Club President, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Club Vice President and a member of the National Honor Society. Last summer she participated in the Ross Mathematics Program at Ohio State University where she studied number theory for six weeks. Her honors include winning 1st place in the 2015 Arizona HOSA State Competition and 2nd place in the 2015 Central Arizona Mathleague Competition.

Jack Burgess is a senior at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, where he teaches project-based programming skills in varied languages as the founding member and leader ofthe Programming Club. From 2012-2014 he was a Junior Docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and in 2014, served as a University of Arizona KEYS Summer Research Intern researching shrimp development using genetic techniques. He was also a Science Olympiad State Champion Team Member in 2016. Jack is a member of the National Honor Society and will be attending Dartmouth College in the Fall. 

Click here to read the full press release. 

NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP
February 2016

The Governor's Office of Education is leading the application process for the 2016 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), an annual program that rewards two high-achieving high school students from each state in the U.S. with a fully funded summer camp experience dedicated to scientific exploration. The nearly month-long program centered near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monongahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

The NYSC experience is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation® and offered at no cost to its participants. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge. Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday, June 15, and depart on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by 6 p.m. EST via the NYSC website. To apply, visit http://apply.nysc.org.

For more information, contact the NYSC Selection Coordinators listed below or explore these resources:

2016 National Youth Science Camp Call for Arizona Applications Press Release

National Youth Science Camp Website

PDF icon2016_nysc_flyer.pdf

PDF icon2016_nysc_application_student_info_packet.pdf

NYSC Selection Coordinators:

 Carmen Ronan

Education Program Coordinator

Governor's Office of Education

(602) 542 - 3427

cronan@az.gov

 Lacey Wieser

Director of K-12 Science and Stem

Arizona Department of Education

(602) 364 - 2332

lacey.weiser@azed.gov

 

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