Teacher Supply Drive, NAU Career Fairs, Scientists in the Classroom, and More!
July 19, 2016
Teachers Supply Drive
Please volunteer for the Teachers Supply Drive. Sign up for a time August 5th and 6th between 11 am and 6 pm, and August 7th from 10 am to 5 pm at one of the two WalMart locations. Duties include working concessions, promoting prepacked bags of supplies inside the store, and accepting donations of supplies and cash. This is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together in support of all Flagstaff schools. To volunteer, sign up at:

There is also a "Fill-the-Box" challenge for business members to fill the most boxes with teaching supplies. Boxes may be picked up at either the Chamber or at Swire Coca-Cola (ask for Jaime Bellar). Drop off during the Drive.
Note: The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce also has a Cash for Calculators drive happening from now until August 31st, that we will highlight in the next e-letter! See the information here if you just can't wait to help!
NAU Job and Career Fairs
NAU has several exciting on-campus recruitment opportunities during the Fall 2016 semester:

NAU Fall 2016 Part Time Job Fair - Our Part Time Job Fair on Friday, August 26th from 1-4 pm is an opportunity for NAU departments and Flagstaff businesses of all sizes to recruit students for part time work and skill-building volunteer opportunities. Connect with thousands of motivated students who are using their first day on campus to find a job.

NAU Career Development Week - The NAU Fall 2016 Career & Graduate School Expo on Wednesday, October 5th from 12-4 pm is the sole NAU recruiting event attended by students of all majors and provides an opportunity for students to connect with employers and graduate schools as they pursue internships, full time employment, and further education. There will be a specific zone at this event for STEM majors from NAU's College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, where employers seeking those students will be located. Discounts are available for organizations attending this event and the NAU W. A. Franke College of Business Career Exploration Day and/or NAU Hospitality Career Fair that provides hospitality employers with an opportunity to connect with NAU students seeking internships and full time employment.

NAU W.A. Franke College of Business Career Exploration Day  - This event is on Friday, October 7th, from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm provides an opportunity for students to meet with employers to begin networking, explore career options, and apply for internship and full-time employment opportunities. Majors include: Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Management, and Computer Information Systems.

NAU Fall 2016 Natural Resources Fair - This event on November 17th from 10 am - 3 pm provides local, state, and federal governmental agencies, non-profits, and private organizations within the natural resources industry (e.g., Forestry, Environmental Science) an opportunity to recruit NAU talent specifically interested in full time jobs, seasonal employment, and internships.

Please follow the links to the Employer Preview page, then log in or create an employer account for more details or to register for one or more of these events. For more information, contact

Scientists in the Classroom
Is your business interested in direct interaction with a 6th to 8th grade class, to engage students and help them practice the skills they need to enter your workforce? Read about the program here and e-mail the STEM Coordinator if you want to learn more about this exciting program that over 20 local businesses, government agencies, and non-profits participate in!
              Nestle Purina engineers test student boats in Jillian Worssam's class at Sinagua Middle School

CAVIAT and Partners to offer HS Bioscience
NAU and the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry & Technology (CAVIAT), in partnership with TGen North, STEM City, North Country HealthCare and others, received a National Science Foundation ITEST grant called iCREATE. This grant will analyze the role community partners play in the education of CAVIAT students. HS students will solve a problem related to infectious disease in Coconino County. This project-based program will emphasize the many career pathways in the biosciences while developing the necessary skill sets to enter the exciting world of bioscience. This program will be taught on the NAU campus starting in August, 2016.

Any high school age students through their 21st birthday are eligible to apply for this program in the fall. CAVIAT covers the tuition, books and fees while students earn high school credit for successfully completing the program. Interested students should visit: to learn more and start the process. Seats are limited and are on a first come first serve basis. There are no prequalification requirements to participate. For more information regarding CAVIAT and this program please contact Christine Mayer, Program Coordinator at (928) 613-2169 or email:

Girl Scout Video Game Workshop
The Girl Scouts held a two-day Video Game Weekend Workshop at Northern Arizona University on July 1st and 2nd hosting 50 6th – 10th grade girls, over half from the Navajo Nation, on campus. The girls gained the full college experience with meals in the dining hall, an overnight in the dorms, instruction from a college professor.

For the past year the Girl Scouts have partnered with ASU Assistant Professor Ashish Amresh to host multiple “Girls Design Video Games” workshops at the ASU Polytechnic campus. The Girl Scouts explored what technology has to offer and met professionals in technology fields. The girls learned what it takes to be a video game developer and created their own video game! They also learned the basics of Java Script, how to create an app, and participated in a competition to identify the characteristics of an innovative video game.

Read more about Dr. Amresh and this Girl Scout program here!

     Dr. Amresh (front row) with graduate student Corey Heath (3rd row near left) instructed the Girl Scouts!

Got Summer Camps?
Consider writing a guest blog for the STEM City website about your STEM Summer Camp. Susan Holiday, science educator and volunteer at the Flagstaff Arboretum wrote about the Eco Explorer's Summer Camp at the Arboretum here!

Help Coach a Robotics Team!
2016 FIRST Lego League Coaches Training is coming up! July 26-27 from 8 am to 4:30 pm at Coconino High School Room 701 (upstairs in the science department, 2801 N. Izabel St. Flagstaff, AZ 86004). The cost is only $20 and that includes light refreshments and training materials! Register here:
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