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September Newsletter

We would like to thank the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff for supporting STEM City with a generous grant this year. Also a big thanks to the local business for the gifts!
Full STEAM Ahead
With the funding of ACF we are excited to announce the Full STEAM Ahead program starting this fall. We look forward to enhancing our community in the areas os Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics by pairing local professionals with teachers. Students will gain practical knowledge and opportunities to connect in-class (remote) learning with real world applications. Through constructive and problem based learning, students will gain insight into future career paths, enrich their education, and practice interdisciplinary learning through STEAM applications. Teachers will gain opportunities that enhance their curriculum, deepen student learning, and build stronger ties to the Flagstaff community. As life-long learners, teachers will have the opportunity to learn about topics they may not have otherwise researched by collaborating with a local professional. Lastly, professionals will gain opportunities to become better educators by sharing their knowledge with a broader range of the Flagstaff community. They will also have opportunities to inspire students to pursue STEAM careers and help students understand the applicability of the curriculum they are learning.
New Blog Posts
HOPI R2 at the Museum of Northern Arizona
Free STEM Kits
We have free STEM Kits available to all educators in the Flagstaff community. To request a kit please send an email to Include your name, contact number, school or organization (if applicable), and the kit name. We can arrange a time for you to pick up the kit from the STEM City office or a representative can drop it off at your school. On average, kits are loaned out for approximately 4 weeks. This depends on the length of the unit and the time period can be extended if needed. More information is provided here.
Tynkertopia is providing free STEM Kits at Killip Elementary and Fort Tuthill. Each kit contains materials and directions (in English and Spanish) to make four different bridges from recycled materials: a folded paper bridge, a rolled paper bridge, a sway bridge, and a truss bridge. Thank you to Dr. Alice Christie and local AmeriCorps VISTA members for creating these kits! Available for pick up this week at Killip Elementary (Mon-Friday) from 7:30-11 AM and Saturday (9/26) at Fort Tuthill Extreme Adventure Course parking lot from 9 AM-4 PM.
Flagstaff Festival of Science

This marks the 31st year of the Flagstaff Festival of Science in Flagstaff. A 10 day event, it's the longest running festival of its kind in the world. The upside of this years event being virtual is that there are now watchers from all over the world and more guest speakers were able to attend. The Flagstaff Festival of Science also reaches into the classrooms with virtual presentations from scientists around the world, providing positive role models for students. Their mission gives children the opportunity to follow passions and curiosities. Some of this weeks highlights:

How does culture change our perception of the night sky? In the talk Dark Skies with Modern Eyes, David Koerner discusses the different cultural interpretations of the night sky and the role of science in culture. The major theme of the talk is that “both native and modern science narratives enrich our experience of the night sky.” While ethnocentric perspectives limit our understanding of the world, humans benefit from a “pluralistic” cultural society where scientific ideas can be traded quickly with the help of modern communication. Check out the video for a historical look into the study of cultural astronomy.
Especially nowadays, character portrayal in the media has an impact on how young people perceive themselves and people that engage in STEM careers. The Importance of Non-Exceptional Female Role Models in STEM with data-analyst Pamela Metivier is a discussion on the problematic stereotypes that don’t realistically portray what science is. Metivier urges that STEM role models must be relatable and that “the problem is when girls are expected to be exceptional in order to participate in STEM and STEAM and those who don't perceive themselves as exceptional will self filter.”
The Flagstaff Sustainability Program created a self guided tour of Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve! Download a free QR code app on your phone to get information about the formation, ecology, wildlife, and other interesting sites at Picture Canyon.
Opportunity Board
Hydrologist - Arizona Water Science Center, Flagstaff:
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Surgical Research Technician, W L Gore and Associates, Flagstaff:
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Manager, Laboratory/Research Facility Administration, 
Environmental Genetics and Genomics (EnGGen), Flagstaff:
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Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), Flagstaff:
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Biological Science Technician (Plants), Flagstaff:
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Biological Science Technician, Flagstaff:
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Fish Biologist, Flagstaff:
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Biologist, Flagstaff:
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Lowell Observatory Openings:

Lowell Discovery Telescope Operator I – posted 8/6/2020
NPOI Observer Technician I & II – posted 8/6/2020

Substitute Teacher, CAVIAT Central Campus, Flagstaff
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System Performance Engineer, ATNi - Flagstaff 
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STEAM Event Calendar

Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest

Fri Sep 11th 11:00am - Fri Jan 1st 2021 3:00pm
From prolonged drought to flash floods, what are the particularities and paradoxes surrounding water in the American Southwest? Who has rights to water? How is water shared among people and plants.


The Flagstaff Festival of Science

Fri Sep 18th 5:00pm - Sun 27th 10:00pm
Activities every day! Here is the printable schedule to keep you updated. 


Science Friday Radio Program

Fri Sep 25th 11:00am - 1:00pm
Listen to Science Friday live on Fridays from 11-2pm MST. Radio listeners can tune in to KNAU at 91.7 FM to listen to the program live.


National Public Lands Day

Sat Sep 26th 9:00am - 5:00pm
Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki National Monument - visit free.


Superpowers of Sustainable Building Scavenger Hunt

Sat Sep 26th 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Coconino County Sustainable Building Program is excited to host the Superpowers of Sustainable Building Scavenger Hunt this year in place of the annual Sustainable Building tour. 


The Arboretum at Flagstaff Fall Open House

Sun Sep 27th 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bring the whole mask-wearing family for trail walking, garden viewing and educational exhibits! Find more details at under Events.

Angiosperm of the Month
Rock Mat or Rockspirea
Petrophyton Caespitosum
Rose Family

Blooms: June - October
Highly Specific in Habitat: Limited to Kaibab limestone terrace walls with a steep slope.
Elevation: Approximately 6,500 ft on north facing slopes and 6,595 ft on south facing slopes.
Comments: A well-named plant; in Greek Petra means "rock" and phyton means "plant." Photograph taken at Walnut Canyon National Monument on September 19.
Thank you to our sponsors:

Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff
Flagstaff Arts Council
Grand Canyon Trust
Lowell Observatory
Peak Engineering 
Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona
Social and Behavioral Science at NAU
Kinney Construction Services
City of Flagstaff Economic Development Office
Bob Braudy 
Kenneth Lamm

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