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LIVE YouTube Broadcast with Speakers and Tours on Friday, November 20th from 9:00a-1:00p.

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Arizona STEM Adventure is an annual event that engages 4th-8th grade students in the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on activities and interactions with STEM professionals and college students. In 2020, Arizona STEM Adventure will be a week-long virtual event complete with interactive videos by STEM professionals available November 16 and a live YouTube feed on Friday, November 20 of science education tours as well as Q&A sessions with STEM professionals and college students! Join us November 16 through the 20 and choose your own Arizona STEM Adventure!

What You Need to Know

  • Twelve videos will be released online November 16, and teachers will be able to incorporate the STEM activity videos and associated supplies throughout the week of November 16 – 20. The week will culminate in an interactive event on Friday, November 20 held live on YouTube.
  • Friday’s event will include virtual tours of Pima Community College campuses and Biosphere 2 as well as question and answer sessions with STEM professionals and college students.
  • 1,800 students from 34 schools across Southern Arizona were selected to receive STEM Activity Supply Kits that pair with the videos, and 50 teachers were selected to participate in professional development. Teachers will receive a kit of classroom supplies worth $200.
  • The student events are open to everyone – not just teachers and students selected to receive supplies. Please share this with your network of educators, parents, and students! We want everyone to have an opportunity to hear from our amazing speakers and to participate in our virtual activities. Teacher professional development is by invitation only, but please feel free to reach out to director@sarsef.org to learn more about other professional development opportunities for teachers.

Participating Organizations

Arizona STEM Adventure is made possible by a collaboration between SARSEF, Pima Community College – Northwest Campus, The STEMAZing Project, Office of the Pima County School Superintendent, the University of Arizona Office of Societal Impacts, Raytheon, IBM, and Thomas R. Brown Foundations.

This year, we are greatly appreciative of presentations and activities by:

  • UA Biochemistry Club
  • Gregg Gilbert
  • Project WET
  • SWE Tucson
  • Women’s Chemistry Group, Southern Arizona Section of the American Chemical Society
  • The STEMAZing Project

A special thank you to our speakers and tour guides presenting during live Friday:

  • Emily Halvorson-Otts, Dean of Science, Pima Community College, Northwest Campus – Host and Tour Guide
  • Greg Wilson, Academic Dean, Pima Community College – Tour Guide
  • Calline Sanchez, Vice President, IBM Global TSS Service Planning and Premium Support, Arizona & New Mexico State Executive, Tucson Site Leader – Speaker
  • Bea Velázquez, Student Life Coordinator, Pima Community College, Northwest Campus – Panel Moderator
  • Lauren Konisberg, Marsha Hilt, Benjamin Gooding, Rikki Mailer, Students, Pima Community College – Panelists
  • Yvonne Mayfield, Solar System Ambassador, NASA JPL – Speaker
  • Erin Anderson, Crime Gun Intelligence Coordinator, Eagle Harbor – Speaker
  • John Adams, Deputy Director, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona – Tour Guide
  • Adriana Kern, Alicia Rodriguez, Christine Pham, Students, Pima Community College – Moderators

The Arizona STEM Adventure 2019

Last year, 834 4th-8th grade students, from 31 schools throughout Arizona came together at the Pima Community College – Northwest Campus for the Arizona STEM Adventure. Students discovered a range of opportunities and professions for a day, motivating students to enter the world of STEM and leaving inspired to begin their research projects!


  • 834 total students: Gr. 4-8, from 30 schools in Arizona
  • 34 Corporate and Community Exhibitors, with over 100 employees and volunteers, interacted with students at their booths!
  • 48 teachers were provided with over $150 worth of supplies and materials for science lessons and best practice in Professional Development. 
  • 207 volunteers made the event possible as student guides and exhibitor helpers, the majority of them from Pima Community College!
  • 149 Parent Chaperones gave their day to help their students succeed!
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