Teachers Power Up Their Science Skills Over the Summer

The STEMAZing Institute offers interactive and engaging professional development skills for local educators to take back into local classrooms.

Tucson, AZ – More than 100 local educators will dedicate part of their summer break to The STEMAZing Project’s 2019 Summer Institute in the coming weeks. The STEMAZing Institute, sponsored by Tucson Electric Power for the third consecutive year, provides an intensive, three-day professional development opportunity for southern Arizona educators. The media is encouraged to come get great stories and visuals of what teachers are doing to prepare students at all levels for the 21st century STEM-related workforce.

Comments from teacher participants last year:
“This was seriously the most I have been engaged in any professional development I have attended in my 11 years of teaching.”

“I liked that the activities were hands-on and can easily be used in the classroom to help facilitate real world experiences for the students.”

This year’s topics include offline coding, LEGO molecules, using gardens to cultivate STEM minds, coding and engineering with robots, and molecular biology.  Each strand is interactive and engaging, putting educators in the seat of the student to experience STEM lessons firsthand. Educators will also receive a kit of equipment to take back to their classrooms. The kits range in value from $200-$2400.

The STEMAZing Institute is generously supported by our title sponsor – Tucson Electric Power. We are also proud to partner with the MIT Edgerton Center, UA College of Education, UA Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research, Manzo Elementary, Mansfeld Middle School, Bayer U.S., and the UA Community and School Garden Program to make these opportunities available to educators.

DaNel Hogan, Director of The STEMAZing Project, will be on-site and available to coordinate interviews and media coverage. You can reach DaNel at danel.hogan@pima.gov or 520-724-8395.

What: The STEMAZing Project 2019 Summer Institute
Where: Various locations. Please inquire with DaNel Hogan, danel.hogan@pima.gov
When: June 11-13 and June 18-20

About The STEMAZing Project
The STEMAZing Project is an initiative of the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office. The program provides hands-on and engaging STEM professional development for classroom teachers. The STEMAZing Project's mission is to positively impact the quality of STEM education for ALL students by empowering classroom educators to experience, share, improve, and implement STEM best practices.