ACESA
Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations
The STEM Calendar
image?

Scroll down for the quick view of what's happening in Arizona STEM!

...or jump to the Happenings page!

Nominations for the 2022 Teacher of the Year are now closed.

Arizona's Teacher of the Year has been honored annually for many years. Click here for a description of a successful Teacher of the Year

Watch this space for the announcement of winners and runners-up! 

Follow this link to see previous
GCOI winners and runners-up.

STEM/CTE AROUND TOWN
What I've learned about those who succeeded
More info
GCOI Teachers of the Year and Future Innovators of the Year

All GCOI Teacher-of-the-Year and Future-Innovator-of-the-Year award recipients are listed here.

More info
Infographics for free distribution

Here are some posters and graphics that help tell about science, engineering and careers, royalty free.

More info
Question: What do you wish you had known before becoming an engineer?

Recently, in an on-line forum, a high school teacher asked a simple question. Here are some of the answers from working engineers, and some of the top answers:

  • Engineering is worth nothing if the designer/engineer can’t communicate to their clients/users why their product matters.
  • Engineering is not all calculations. More often than not, my days are spent reading multiple code provisions.
  • Not every engineer needs to do high-level math.
  • I'd teach the art of answering questions that aren't designed to be solved. 99% of everything I was asked in high school and 90% of college were questions that led you to the answer.
  • Engineering is odd field in that it's so broad you can't really say what it is that they do.

An infographic about what electrical engineers do is available here.

More info
Engineering Is Big In AZ!!

The Phoenix Business Journal has compiled some statistics on the local Engineering economy.

More info
GCOI's Arizona Teacher of the Year

Governor's Celebration of Innovation

Honoring a Teacher of the Year (AzTOY) has been part of the Arizona landscape for many years, and in the early 2000's the Arizona Technology Council under the leadership of Steve Zylstra, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority headed by Sandra Watson, incorporated this award program into their annual technology awards showcase. The Teacher of the Year award winners represent the best of the best of Arizona educators in STEM and CTE curriculum.

2022 entry information.

More info
STEM or CTE? What's the difference?

What is STEM? What is CTE? What do these acronym’s stand for? What method(s) are involved in the utilization of and/or application of these concepts?

In today's educational environment, STEM and CTE are sometimes treated as separate disciplines, but underneath there are many similarities. How do we apply these “tools” to educational needs and our everyday environment?

More info
Volunteer Openings at ACESA

ACESA is expanding and there are volunteer opportunities available right now! All of the three primary projects at ACESA are looking for volunteers.

If you would like to take on some of the planning and execution, or just ask questions, please contact an ACESA board member. You may have seen the ACESA show booth at many of the street fairs and STEM events around the Valley. This year we would like to expand to include the technical societies and associations that are available to our professional colleagues.

More info
STEM Careers in the U.S. Military

To learn more, click here how we use STEM in the military today!

More info
Volunteer opportunities at Az Science Lab
The Arizona Science Lab (ASL) offers STEM workshops for student classes in grades 4-8. These are four-hour, project-based workshops taught by expert volunteer engineers and scientists. It is an exciting science field trip for Arizona students!
Volunteers are needed on a regular basis.
More info
Membership in ACESA

Membership in ACESA is a way for your society, association or organization to pool resources with like-minded technology groups. ACESA acts as a clearinghouse of information on technical events and award programs for excellence in science and mathematics. If any of these activities interest your organization, you will benefit by membership in ACESA.

More info
For Professional Associations

The 1957 mission of ACESA was to support, promote and coordinate programs and activities of the engineering and scientific associations within the State of Arizona through facilitated communication and leadership support.

Although times and technology have altered the way things can be done, that mission has remained unchanged for these 60 years.

More info
STEM/CTE HAPPENINGS
Friday
14 Oct 2022
  
Jamboree On The Air
Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around...
More info
 until Sunday, 16 Oct 
Saturday
15 Oct 2022
  
SMART Competition High School Division 2022
In a world increasingly dependent on energy efficiency, sustainability, redesign and reuse, the SMART Competition invites university and high school students to become part of...
More info
 until Monday, 07 Nov 
Friday
28 Oct 2022
 5:00 PM 
SPOOKTACULAR HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
Over 20 Hot Air Balloons on display and passing out over 4,000 pounds of candy to Trick-or-Treaters, live music, food and beverage, a FREE Kids Zone with over 30 inflatable slides and...
More info
 until Saturday, 29 Oct 
Friday
28 Oct 2022
 5:30 PM 
Tarwater Elementary Science/STEM Community Event
Tarwater Elementary in Chandler, AZ is hosting a fall science/STEM focused community event on Friday, October 28, 2022 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Last year, our event had over 1,400...
Saturday
29 Oct 2022
  
ARL Arizona Robotics League Qualifier Event #5
 
More info
 until Sunday, 30 Oct 
Saturday
29 Oct 2022
  
Mountain Point VEX Robotics State Qualifier Tourny & Expo
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Wednesday
02 Nov 2022
 7:30 AM 
Career Day at Tonopah Valley High School.
Tonopah Valley High School is hosting its annual Career Day on Wednesday, Nov 2nd. We are looking for industry professionals from all areas to speak with our students.
Thursday
03 Nov 2022
 7:30 AM 
Az Science Teachers Association (ASTA) 2022 Conference
Join us on November 3 & 4, 2022 at the AZ Challenger Space Center for our Annual Conference. On November 3rd, join Page Keeley as she explores the link between the Arizona Science...
More info
 until Friday, 04 Nov 
Tuesday
08 Nov 2022
 4:00 PM 
2022 GOVERNOR’S CELEBRATION OF INNOVATION AWARDS
This year marks the 19th year of this prestigious event that attracts more than 700 attendees for a night of networking, dining and entertainment. The event will consist of a Tech Showcase...
Friday
18 Nov 2022
  
VRC White Mountain Apache SW Native American Showcase
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
More info
 until Saturday, 19 Nov 
Friday
25 Nov 2022
  
ARL Arizona Robotics League Championship
Tentative date!!
More info
 until Saturday, 26 Nov 
Saturday
03 Dec 2022
  
RoboBucs Winter Rumble #1 - VRC/Blended
Copied from VRC White Mountain Apache SW Native American Showcase The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest...
Saturday
10 Dec 2022
  
Surprise (AZ) SciTech Festival
The City of Surprise celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) efforts in the community by holding an annual SciTech Festival. This free, fun-filled...
Saturday
10 Dec 2022
 12:00 PM 
Taking Flight 2022
The concept of this event is to introduce the community, students and adults to Aviation, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Robotics and UAV/UAS career paths in those areas. I hope to attract...
Saturday
10 Dec 2022
  
Desert Ridge HS Jingle Spin up Blended MS&HS
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Saturday
07 Jan 2023
  
Desert Ridge HS Let's Spin up Blended MS&HS
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Saturday
14 Jan 2023
  
White Mountain Blended VRC Qualifying Tournament
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
Saturday
14 Jan 2023
  
2022-2023 Arizona College Prep VRC Qualifier (Blended)
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally...
stay connected with the ACESA NEWSLETTER

We encourage individual technical professionals, teachers and other members of the academic community, corporate leaders and legislators to subscribe to our newsletter. Be sure to stay connected, and feel free to forward the newsletter to everyone in your organization!

stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities by subscribing to our newsletter