When dinosaurs celebrate Pi Day – AZ SciTech Festival

At some point in your middle school years you learned about pi or 3.14 and figured this squiggly line with two feet wouldn’t resurface in your adult life but once a year on March 14. Today, as part of the AZ SciTech Festival celebration of Pi Day, the Arizona Museum of Natural History (AzMNH) hosted an event … Read more

AZ SciTech Festival bridges communities with massive teleconference

Written by Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director Arizona SciTech Festival As the AZ SciTech Festival hosts its first telecommuting event, I’ve been reflecting on the preparation that led us to this place. What started as a small idea has quickly morphed into a unique tele-press conference event, created through our statewide partnerships. This year’s press event … Read more

AZ teens celebrated at White House Science Fair

Today, Arizona student science winners will be recognized at the 2015 White House Science Fair. President Obama will be the emcee and celebrate the range of winners from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. Anvita Gupta, 17, from Scottsdale Arizona, is a strong advocate for getting girls into science. Since she … Read more

Arizona SciTech Festival isn’t just for kids

If you were that kid that enjoyed creating tornadoes in a bottle, making Epsom salt crystal spikes or exploding soda with a mentos, you don’t have to stop playing with science because you grew up. Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide event, offers over 800 events including workshops, Minecraft events and much more all geared towards … Read more

Startups, STEM and Hackschooling kick off Innovation AZ Summit 2014

Startups, STEM and SCITECH, oh my! It’s time again for entrepreneurs and educators from across the state to come together for the annual Arizona Innovation Summit on August 14, with the theme “From Inspiration to Commercialization”- this time at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. If you are a startup and haven’t been to this event, … Read more

3rd Annual Arizona SciTech Festival kicks off January 28th

For the third year in a row, the Arizona SciTech will launch a six week celebration of science and technology beginning January 28th. The Arizona SciTech Festival is a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM or STEAM when you include the arts) held annually in February and March. Through a series of … Read more

Over 800 expected for the Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference

The Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference starts tomorrow, September 4, 2013 from 7:30 a.m-6 p.m., at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. The conference brings together collaborators in industry, education, research, entrepreneurship, community, arts and culture to share strategies, best practices and lessons learned from previous events. Program goals are to … Read more

First Arizona SciTech Festival Draws Over 200,000 People

  Arizona’s 100th birthday was celebrated in grand style with the launch of a new annual festival called Arizona SciTech Festival. The festival was created to celebrate the world-class science and engineering communities that call Arizona home–and hopefully convert future generations of youth to make a career for themselves in one of those disciplines. The … Read more

Arizona Innovation Summit draws makers, cybersecurity experts and pirates

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Pacman, pirates and protons made an appearance at the 5th annual Arizona SciTech Festival Innovation Summit bringing STEAM education to the forefront of the community. Fifty exhibitors from across the state packed the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Thursday to share what their company does and how they help fuel STEAM … Read more

Arizona Innovation Summit returns for 5th year

The Arizona Innovation Summit is returning for it’s 5th year, inviting innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the state to engage in a day long event as part of Arizona’s SciTech Festival. The Summit will be held October 1 at Scottsdale Center for the Arts. “This is a gathering which enables cross-sector relationships for education, … Read more

STEAM festival draws 380,000 attendees

Imagine a STEAM festival that attracted close to five times the number of attendees that could fit in the University of Phoenix Cardinal stadium. The Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide celebration of STEAM that ran February to March of this year, released their report on the positive impact the Festival had on the community. In collaboration with over … Read more

Southwest Maker Fest hope to create culture of makers – wrap up

Inventors from across the Valley gathered over the weekend in downtown Mesa for the second annual Southwest Maker Fest. Exhibitors displayed robotics, artistic pieces and more for everyone to come and enjoy. The event has doubled in size and aims to enhance Arizona’s “maker” culture where inventors can gather and collaborate, according to Thomas Sollars, … Read more

Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant helping little girls change the world – interview

Photo contribution by Vianka Villa Kimberly Bryant spent years in the corporate world as a software engineer climbing up the ranks in a field where very few women of color, and women in general, held a seat in the boardroom. In an interview with Oprah, Bryant talked about her first engineering job where her manager (who … Read more

3.14 has its own set of rebels

Geeks galore are celebrating the 27th anniversary of National Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday. Today also has special significance as the date and time 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., coincides with the first 10 digits of π. While the pi community celebrates with slices of pie and festivals around the Valley, there is a rumbling within the mathematic … Read more

Happy 3.14 Day!

Today is Happy 3.14 Day or Pi Day, not to be confused with Pie Day in January-though you might take in a slice of the circle to celebrate. This international day of celebration, now in its 26th year, was started at the San Francisco Exploratorium by physicist Larry Shaw commemorating the mathematical constant and observed … Read more

Co-working space, tech incubator LaunchSpot enters 2.0 phase

It all started with a cup of coffee. Technology consultant and Social Media AZ founder Fred von Graf had been thinking of starting an incubator for technology companies for a while. He wanted to provide a place where people could find the resources and mentorship they needed to turn their ideas into realities. One day, … Read more