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    1. STEMAz Advancing excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education Arizona Grantmakers Forum May 29, 2009

    3. STEM Education More than a set of disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics A way of learning and doing that incorporates: foundation of math and science critical thinking problem solving skills hands-on activities project-based learning

    4. Statewide nonprofit organization within Science Foundation of Arizona Only organization in Arizona focused exclusively on the advancement of STEM education Building a sustainable, world-class STEM education network which provides the foundation for greater opportunities and success for Arizonans and our state Fostering innovation and excellence by bringing global best practices and models to Arizona Leveraging financial, human and intellectual resources through worldwide networks Major funding provided by Freeport McMorRan Copper & Gold STEMAz

    5. Located within SFAz Governed by Internationally-renowned SFAz BOD: Erich Bloch, former NSF Director Anita Jones, Ph.D., Vice Chair of the National Science Board, elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, Director Science & Technology program for DARPA Leroy Hood, Ph.D., president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, Member National Academy of Sciences Craig Barrett, Ph.D., former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Intel Corp Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Ph.D., Director, University of California's Biotechnology Research and Education Program (UCBREP) Bill Harris, Ph.D., CEO SFAz and former CEO of SF-Ireland

    6. Guided by Advisory Council of Arizona Stakeholders Arizona teacher of the Year, 2009 School Principals Arizona K-12 Center Corporations (Freeport McMorRan, Intel, Google, McCoy Motors, Arizona Technology Council, SALC) All three Universities Community Colleges Foundations (Helios, Rodel, Brown) State Board of Education

    7. STEMAz Goals Educate: Increase awareness and understanding of STEM education, its importance for long-term success and its benefits for individuals and Arizona. Connect and Convene: Bring individuals and organizations together around STEM education to create efficiencies, shared learning, foster innovation and strengthen our collective impact. Attract and Leverage Resources: Through global networks attract new resources to Arizona while maximizing internal state resources.

    8. STEMAz Focus Increase and improve STEM teacher professional development. Arizona Center for STEM Teachers at Biosphere 2 Catalyze systemic policies and actions to develop a pipeline of STEM literate students. Cochise STEM Pathways Model Galileoscopes Project Galvanize broad public understanding of the importance of STEM education. Innovation Heroes STEM Resource website

    9. Arizona Center for Science Teachers at Biosphere2 Resource and training center geared toward expanding the quality and retention of STEM teachers Mission is to enhance and strengthen the skills of Arizona STEM educators to effectively communicate STEM concepts to their students Teacher-driven and offers: Access to intensive summer programs Themed weekend coursework mentoring and ongoing classroom support Web site and portal with online resources universal support of faculty from all three Arizona universities Goal to directly impact 300 teachers in 3 years

    10. STEM Pathways A pathway is a program of academic and technical study that prepares students for success in STEM careers such as: Engineering Technology Bioscience Sustainability Students pursue a pathway over multiple years and graduate prepared for a full range of post-graduation options: 2- or 4- year college degrees Certification programs Apprenticeships Formal job training Military service

    11. STEM Pathway Features Early intervention Rigorous levels of math and science Relevant, hands-on education and training Alignment of courses Early college credit options Professional development Informal education opportunities

    12. Cochise STEM Pathway Model

    13. Students build their own Galileoscopes

    14. Galileoscope Kit

    15. K-12 Math/Science Y3

    16. Innovation Heroes Ongoing, statewide program to recognize innovation by students and teachers within STEM education Celebrated for: Individual and system advances in STEM education and achievement Helping to raise the importance of STEM education Inspiring others to follow in their footsteps Rewards $500 gift certificate for classroom supplies to teachers $1,000 savings bond for college to students Recent recipients include teachers from Peoria, Tucson Nomination forms available at www.stemaz.org

    17. STEM Resource Center GetSTEM-AZ Web portal Collaboration with ATC and Minnesota to use www.getSTEM website Turnkey interactive web portal Tech Support Marketing materials Access to state and national web portal data Benefits A comprehensive yet fluid list of statewide STEM programs and events calendar. A means for tracking STEM program implementation geographically. A statewide data base of people and for people interested in STEM. A portal for connecting teachers, businesses and STEM program implementers. Annual licensing and operating budget http://www.getstem-mn.com In Minnesotas first week, they had 3,000 unique visitors(?) The first 30 days have been a great success www.getSTEM-mn.com has received more than double the anticipated traffic and has worked to make numerous successful matches of educator needs with business resources. In Minnesotas first week, they had 3,000 unique visitors(?) The first 30 days have been a great success www.getSTEM-mn.com has received more than double the anticipated traffic and has worked to make numerous successful matches of educator needs with business resources.

    18. What is needed Resources to: Research and replicate best practices, e.g., Galileoscope to all 5th graders Seed additional research and pilots, e.g., STEM Pathways Coordinate and disseminate best practices e.g., Summits with teachers and districts Develop resource site for all STEM education Continue Innovation Heroes

    19. For more information, visit: www.stemaz.org