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Arizona SciTech Festival launches STEM celebration

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The Arizona Board of Regents , Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, Arizona State University, Arizona Technology Council Foundation, and The University of Arizona invite you to the Arizona Science and Technology Festival Launch Event and Press Conference for the 3rd annual Arizona SciTech Festival.

Join Arizona SciTech fellow collaborators, and foundational partners on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. to discuss this year’s celebration of Science and Technology in Arizona, along with the importance that STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education plays in our state’s economic growth.

Geoff Notkin, star of Science Channel’s “Meteorite Men” and host of Cox Communication’s STEM Journals will emcee the press conference. Speakers will include Diane Joeans, Mayor of Cottonwood, SciTech’s newest community partner, Chevy Humphrey, CEO of Arizona Science Center and a proclamation will be issued by the Office of Governor Jan Brewer.

“The Arizona SciTech Festival is a wonderful opportunity for individuals and families to explore the wonders of STEM in action,” said Jo Anne Vasquez, VP & Program Director, AZ Transition Years STEM Teaching & Learning Initiatives. “It provides hands-on experiences with science, technology, engineering and math which helps to reinforce the relevancy of what students learn in classrooms. As we continue moving toward a digital, global economy, occupations in the STEM fields are becoming more and more important as they support innovation, economic growth and competitiveness. The SciTech festival provides the opportunity for our state to highlight the importance of STEM in a fun and engaging way.”

The Arizona SciTech Festival was initiated to support quality education, a qualified workforce and to identify projected needs for emerging and fast growing job sectors in Arizona’s economy.

The Arizona SciTech Festival celebrates Arizona’s scientific wonders, resources and opportunities, as well as their potential global impact.

Interactive messaging is relatable to audiences of all ages, and includes players from Arizona’s cultural, educational, research and business communities that explore the vital roles of science, engineering and technology in our own environments, across our nation and around the world.

“We are committed to supporting STEM education in the communities we serve through the programming we offer on Cox7 AZ,” said Susan Anable, Vice President of Public Affairs, Cox Communications. “Our STEM Journals show, with host Geoff Notkin, takes viewers along as he visits intriguing sites across the state, discovering the latest happenings in science, technology, engineering, and math and exploring STEM-related careers. In addition, our Cox SciTech Youth Reporters demonstrate their passion promoting the amazing Festival events happening across the state. We are honored to serve as the Presenting Sponsor and help communicate insights of technology innovation in Arizona.”

The need has never been greater, as STEM talent is fueling growth and expansion for Arizona companies. In 2011, STEM positions in Phoenix totaled 331,040 with an average STEM wage of $68,175 for those holding a bachelor’s degree.

According to a report produced by McKinsey Institute in 2012, in the U.S., the average STEM major earns $500,000 more (in discounted lifetime earnings) than the average non-STEM major.
WHAT: Arizona Science and Technology Festival launch event and press conference
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
SPEAKERS: Chevy Humphrey, Arizona Science Center CEO
Diane Joens, Mayor of Cottonwood
RSVP: Kristin Sheff, or 602.845.1233
2014 Arizona SciTech Festival Sponsors:
FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS: Arizona Board of Regents , Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, Arizona State University, Arizona Technology Council Foundation, and The University of Arizona
PRESENTING: Cox Communications
PLATINUM: Helios Education Foundation
GOLD: iDS/Technology Marketing, State Farm Insurance, Sun Valley Solar Solutions
SILVER: Arizona Ready, ASU Technology Based Learning and Research, Eight Arizona PBS, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, Honeywell, The Arizona Renaissance Festival, Thomas R. Brown Foundations
BRONZE: 360 Vantage, Arizona Family College Savings Program – Bank Plan, Arizona Sports – KTAR – The Peak, Arizona Virtual Academy, AT & T, Boeing, Harkins Theatres, Intel, In the Zona, KJZZ, Midwestern University, MJS Designs, Nextiva, Phoenix Business Journal, SRP, Texas Instruments , University of Advancing Technology, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Wells Fargo
COPPER: Arizona Connections Academy, AVNET, DeVry University, Green Living, Immedia Edu, EventInterface, Retreat at Tontozona , Rosemont Copper, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Sonoran Schools, TechTHiNQ
KRYPTON: Bear Essentials News for Kids, Biz in a Boxx , Discover the Region Publications, EVIT, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa County Education Service Agency, Maricopa Community Colleges, SCF Arizona, Straight A Consulting
About the Arizona SciTech Festival:
The Arizona SciTech Festival is a statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) held annually in February and March. Through a series of more than 400 expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and tours held in diverse neighborhoods throughout the state, the festival excites and informs Arizonans age 3 to 103 how STEM will drive our state. Spearheaded by its Foundational Partners the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University and The University of Arizona, the Arizona SciTech Festival is a grassroots collaboration of more than 450 organizations in industry, academia, arts, civic, community and K-12 education. Visit for more information.