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Science Foundation AZ: THE NEW NORM - ARIZONA GIRLS IN STEM

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.

PROGRAM GOALS

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

      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.

STRATEGY

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.

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

[email protected]

 

Lacey Wieser

Director of K-12 Science and Stem

Arizona Department of Education

(602) 364 - 2332

[email protected]

 

 

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!

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 [email protected].

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

[email protected]

 Lacey Wieser

Director of K-12 Science and Stem

Arizona Department of Education

(602) 364 - 2332

[email protected]

 

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