Teachers

Applications have closed for STEM Adventure 2020, but you can still participate in the asynchronous activities and the LIVE broadcast on 11/20.

Important Dates for 2020:

  • Friday, October 2nd Application Period Opens
  • Wednesday, October 21st Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, October 28th Notification of Decision
  • October 29th-November 6th Register and Build Your STEM Adventure Schedule
  • November 9th-13th Materials Distribution
  • November 16th-21st Arizona STEM Adventure Week

All classes participating in the Arizona STEM Adventure are encouraged to conduct science or engineering research projects for SARSEF Fair 2021. If you know a class or school that has never completed research projects but would like to learn how, please visit our website at sarsef.org or contact Brooke for a free educational outreach visit. 

Please read our FAQ below for more information about the application and event!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Arizona STEM Adventure and what are the timelines for applying?

Arizona STEM Adventure will be held virtually via YouTube and Zoom November 16th-20th, 2020. For students, we will be offering interactive activities via YouTube all week long as well as a live Q&A all day on November 20th with speakers and a panel of scientists and engineers from a variety of different fields. Students will be provided with materials kits free of charge to enable them to participate. A Teacher Professional Development course will also be provided for free throughout the week. Teachers will receive a gift bag filled with useful items for the classroom. All Grades 4-8 classes from interested schools will have an opportunity to apply and be considered for Arizona STEM Adventure.

The application period will be from October 2nd-21st, 2020. Those invited to register will be notified by October 28th, 2020.

Arizona STEM Adventure will be able to able to accept 1,000 students again this year (approximately 40 to 50 classes). We hope to include classes from as many different schools and districts as possible; however, applications are considered on an individual basis. Individual responses play a large factor in our determination of how each individual teacher might provide follow-up support.

Each teacher must submit an application for their own class or homeroom. Please do not apply on behalf of a team or entire grade band. 

What is the schedule for AZ STEM Adventure Week?

The Arizona STEM Adventure will take place virtually this year on YouTube and Zoom November 16th-20th, 2020.

For students/classes:

  • November 16th-19th: Asynchronous interactive STEM activities via YouTube using provided materials kits
  • November 20th: LIVE broadcast of speakers and panelists via YouTube, allowing students to interact and ask questions to scientists and engineers from a variety of different fields 

For teachers, Professional Development sessions will be provided for free throughout the week. Teachers can choose from one of three sessions to attend:

  • Wednesday, November 18th 2:00p-4:00p
  • Friday, November 20th 8:00a-10:00a
  • Saturday, November 21st 8:00a-10:00a
Is there a admission charge to attend Arizona STEM Adventure?

There is no registration fee, everything is free! 

What is the Professional Development I will be attending at Arizona STEM Adventure?

Teachers signing up for Arizona STEM Adventure will participate in two hours of STEM professional development. This professional development will focus on best practices for engaging your students in science and engineering research projects for the SARSEF Fair in the Spring. The Professional Development course for STEM Adventure 2020 will be engineering-focused. Differentiation for teachers who have participated in the past, and those who are new to SARSEF will be provided. All teachers who attend will receive a gift bag with equipment to help open up research options for their students.

Teachers will receive a certificate from the Office of the Pima County School Superintendent upon completion of the STEM Adventure Teacher Personal Development session.

Can we register groups other than grades four through eight?

We target grades four through eight because studies have shown that those students most benefit from the education experience at events like Arizona STEM Adventure. (Students tend to lose an interest in math and science in grades four through eight – so we want to reinforce how cool math and science can be to this age group!) We hope that you understand and will help us by complying with these guidelines. We do have opportunities for older school groups to attend – and even participate in developing their own workshops/exhibits – but these must be coordinated with the Planning Committee well in advance.

If I don't get selected, can I sign up on a waiting list? What about if I was on the list from last year?

We will be selecting a very limited number of classes. If there is a waiting list, it will be solely based on the applications submitted this year.

How can I prepare my students so they get the most out of Arizona STEM Adventure?

Some teachers prepare journals in which students write observations as they view different activities and exhibits. Once Arizona STEM Adventure has concluded, they continue to have students share with each other what they learned and saw through Arizona STEM Adventure.

How do we find out what exhibits / workshops will be at Arizona STEM Adventure?

We will post the list of workshops that are registered sometime in October. However, they are subject to change. 

We will also post suggested schedules of activities based on the level of participation you and your class desire!

Are people paid to do this for us?

No…We rely completely on the hundreds of professional scientists/mathematicians and engineers that volunteer their own time to make Arizona STEM Adventure happen. Exhibitors are not paid, nor do the companies that they represent pay to have an exhibit at the festival. They are there for one reason: to share their love of STEM, thereby encouraging Southern Arizona’s students to learn more about the sciences. Please be sure to thank exhibitors for volunteering their time to share their love of science with your students!

Can home school groups register to attend?

Absolutely! Home schools may fill out an application for Arizona STEM Adventure as a class.

How can I get other specific questions answered?

Please go through all the FAQ first, then if you still have questions, use the Contact information on the front page of this website to find out more.

Check back on this site in the coming weeks! More information may be added!

Why do you ask teachers to complete an evaluation?

Every year we try to incorporate “lessons learned” from teachers and workshop owners, in order to improve the next event. We also receive grants based on some of your information that are used to keep the event going. Your comments are important to us: We want Arizona STEM Adventure to be a great experience for all. Please take the time to fill out the evaluations sent if you are selected. We read each and every one of them!

How can my students thank organizers for making Arizona STEM Adventure possible?

Members of the Planning Committee and professional scientists and engineers donate thousands of hours to bring their particular math and science to life for Tucson and Southern Arizona students. They are not paid to make Arizona STEM Adventure happen; they do it because they are passionate about helping young people develop a love for math and science.

The planning committee and our sponsors love to hear from students, teachers, and even parents. Each year, we receive hundreds of thank you notes and cards, and we love reading every one of them. Please keep cards, letters, and notes coming after the event is over, and be sure to tell our sponsors what your students learned. It really does make a difference, and means so much to all our volunteers!

We look forward to your cards, letters, and teacher evaluations. We will include an address for comments in the registration packet that will be mailed out a few weeks prior to the event.