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

#ItWasNeverADress STEAM Conference Recap: Confidence, careers and capes

Over the weekend 50 girls ages 12 to 17 spent their weekend at Axosoft, learning about STEAM fields, confidence, and leadership from some of the Valley’s tech and non-tech leaders. The conference began with introductions from Axosoft’s Tania Katan, Miss Phoenix 2015 Kaitlin Vortherms, Miss Gilbert 2015 Lauren McBurnett, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Both … 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

The gender gap starts with us – Bev Crair, Intel – Girls in Tech Catalyst

Intel is just one of the larger tech companies in Arizona striving to reduce the gender gap in the tech industry, and are putting their money where their mouth is. Bev Crair, storage group vice president and general manager at Intel, spoke at the Girls in Tech Catalyst and said that Intel has invested around $300 … 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

400 hackers and drones – InnovateUA hosts massive hackathon – March 6-8

InnovateUA, a student-led entrepreneurial organization at the University of Arizona, is hosting the Southwest’s largest-ever hackathon from March 6-8, 2015. The hackathon, dubbed ‘Hack Arizona,’ expects close to 500 participants, mostly students, to partake in the three day hacking event. With drones as a focus at Hack Arizona, Nick Morin, Director of InnovateUA shared that lead sponsor … 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

Air Force promotes STEM edu with full-motion simulator at Fan Fest Scottsdale

Video contribution Thomas Hawthorne Flying through the desert at high speed, jumping out of an airplane then taking off on a dirt bike to a remote location to launch a drone strike. This isn’t an XBox game, it’s the Rapid Strike full-motion flight simulator the Air Force brought for the public at Fan Fest Scottsdale. [youtube]http://youtu.be/4HuuIFeKSTw[/youtube] Watch … Read more

Avnet VP selected as one of STEMconnector 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders

Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, announced that Beth McMullen, vice president of IT for Avnet, Inc., was selected as one of STEMconnector® 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM. McMullen was honored in the STEMconnector® publication featuring top executives who have demonstrated a commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and diversity initiatives. … 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