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What does STEM Education look like in Flagstaff?
Happy Halloween! Monday, October 31, 2016

Needs Survey - Please Read!
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning at NAU is identifying the needs of out-of-school-time (OST) educators; persons who provide regularly scheduled, structured, and supervised activities serving school age (K-12) children outside the typical school day (before school, after school, weekends, or during summer or other school breaks). If you are 18 or over and currently working as a staff member, educator, supervisor, or coordinator within an OST program, PLEASE participate by completing this survey: OST Needs Assessment Survey.

Please complete this survey TODAY. It is due tomorrow, November 1st! Thank you!

LAUNCH Update
Congratulations to Paul Kulpinski, the new partnership director of LAUNCH Flagstaff. Thank you, Paul,  for accepting the charge of moving Flagstaff education forward in a collective impact framework! See the LAUNCH website for more information on LAUNCH and its many collaborators, including STEM City.

What is STEM Education?
We have a 15-minute presentation via this e-letter to share a vision of what STEM education means, and what it looks like in Flagstaff, aka STEM City. We urge you to follow these "steps" to develop a deeper understanding of what STEM education looks like in Flagstaff Schools.

Step 1: STEM Education Overview presented in a less than 2-minute film.

Step 2: STEM in the Elementary Schools
Blog post by Lisa Winters on Killip Elementary's field trip to Lake Mary at the culmination of a unit on the Earth's spheres.

Step 3: STEM in the Middle Schools
Blog post about Kinney Construction Services, the most recent Scientist in the Classroom partner and business expert for the Future City program at Sinagua Middle School.

Step 4: STEM in the High Schools
Blog post about Flagstaff High School's AP Academy working with resource managers to complete a crucial inventory at Walnut Canyon National Monument to develop a forest management plan for this unique and archaeologically-rich area.

These three examples demonstrate integrated, hands-on, relevant, real-world STEM learning that can lead to applications of that knowledge to solve issues from community to global scales.

While these three examples are from FUSD schools, local charter and private schools also work keenly to increase STEM opportunities for their students. We solicit STEM Stories for our blog posts and e-letters. Please send your STEM Stories to the STEM Coordinator.

              
KCS in the Classroom! Marketing Specialist Katie Colombini; Founder, President and CEO Tim Kinne; and VP of Operations Mike Thomas engage the students in Gretchen Downey's MITe class at Sinagua Middle School


STEM City Calendar
See below for five STEM-related events this Saturday, November 5th!


Celebration and Activities at the USGS Astrogeology Center

Arizona Statewide First Tech Challenge “Meet the Field Day” from 10 am to 4 pm at Coconino High School Cafeteria

"Endangered Species" Science Saturday Event at Willow Bend from 9 am - 1 pm

Girl Scout STEM Saturdays at Hal Jensen Recreation Center from 10:30 am - 1 pm

City Sustainability Fix-It Event with a Kid's Space at Local Works from 10 am - 1 pm

Then on November 17th from 10 am - 3 pm is the NAU Fall 2016 Natural Resources Fair that 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. 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.


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