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Arizona Science Center, Desert Shadows team up for STEAM Extravaganza


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A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts And Mathematics) Extravaganza Is Coming To Desert Shadows Elementary School (5902 E Sweetwater) On March 1 From 9 A.m.-12:25 P.m.

A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Extravaganza is coming to Desert Shadows Elementary School (5902 E Sweetwater) on March 1 from 9 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Desert Shadows Elementary in the Paradise Valley Unified School District is partnering with Arizona Science Center to launch their STEAM school transformation.

Arizona Science Center, Desert Shadows team up for STEAM Extravaganza TeacherStudentScienceExperiment

A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Extravaganza is coming to Desert Shadows Elementary School (5902 E Sweetwater) on March 1 from 9 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

“Our community is excited and supportive of this transformation. We are committed to teaching our students the knowledge and skills needed to compete in today’s global economy,” said Chad Caudle, principal at Desert Shadows Elementary.

STEAM experts from Arizona Science Center will engage 500 kindergarten through sixth graders in hands-on science including astronomy in a mobile planetarium, math and physics concepts with catapults, analysis of combustion and much more.

While students are experiencing STEAM learning, their teachers will be doing the same.

Jessica Hickey, professional learning specialist with the Freeport MacMoran Center for Leadership in Learning at Arizona Science Center, will train Desert Shadows Elementary teachers on STEAM-based lesson design that supports academic standards and project based learning.

“We need to get the community and our students excited about science and the idea of discovery,” Hickey said. “The integration of STEAM into classroom instruction requires innovative thinking.”

Arizona Science Center is honored to provide programs and professional development needed to support teachers as they transform their instruction,” said Dr. Andi Fourlis, chief learning officer at Arizona Science Center.