Office of Education


STEM Initiatives

Arizona's National Science Camp Delegates
National Youth Science Camp


Women were awarded one out of five engineering degrees in Arizona in 2013 and one out of four computer science degrees. Arizona ranks 4th in the nation for STEM job growth.  Between 2014 and 2024,  STEM jobs in Arizona will grow 23% (27% Computing and 17% Engineering).  The demand for engineering and computer science graduates exceeds the supply.

Arizona employers, educators, and government could dramatically increase the available talent in computer science and engineering with women by simply closing gender gaps and issues across the entire talent pipeline:

      1. Use immersive learning to increase female interest to pursue a career in STEM.   Internships, apprenticeships and other hands-on learning and career programs provide a fun,flexible environment to immersively learn, practice, and explore STEM while picking up valuable skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.  
      2. Educators and female students both desire and need mentors.  Role models and mentors play a powerful role in inspiring encouraging and supporting students and young women in STEM at every stage of their STEM education and career.
      3. Increase retention and growth rates for women in STEM which is currently not improving at the rate needed to achieve parity with men or meet the projected industry growth need. By completing high school and earning a technician’s certification or a college degree that matches their area(s) of interest where the interest is matched to skills needed to fill STEM jobs in industry, women can earn  92 cents for every dollar earned by men, compared to 77 cents for other fields.

Science Foundation Arizona has established a program with focus on girls and women in STEM described below.


      • Make Girls/Women in STEM in Arizona the new NORM and at par with Men by 2025.  
      • This Portal
      • Immersive Mentoring / Role Models
      • Internships and other Opportunities
      • Personalized STEM Pathway and Career Navigation


      1. Fill the STEM talent pipeline with Girls/Women – attract, engage, retain, and transition successfully to Industry — monitoring and measuring success along the way.
      2. Address the gender gaps that impact girl’s and women’s interest and retention in STEM majors and careers with targeted, age appropriate messaging, support, and activities.
      3. Engage and partner with Industry to comprehend areas of need, set joint goals, and establish Mentoring Network(s) and Intern Programs,that will foster confidence, motivation, and support.
      4. Provide Teachers and Parents with a framework, tools, and processes to successfully integrate and implement girls in STEM.


Our approach involves four phases that incrementally focus on closing gender specific gaps and issues that hinder girl’s and women’s interest, retention and success in STEM spanning K-12, higher education and successful transition into industry.   Gaps and issues to address will be based on prior research at the national and state/regional level.  We will closely monitor progress to the goal through design and instrumentation of metrics across multiple STEM areas.

Click here to find out more.

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.   


Coyotes Future Goals Stem prgm

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!

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.



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