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August Newsletter
Full STEAM Ahead
STEM City is excited to share our Full STEAM Ahead virtual program for the 2020-21 school year. The program is a collaboration in which local teachers and professionals develop hands-on activities to further the STEAM education of students within a classroom. It was created to enrich education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics by providing students insight into future career paths with practical knowledge from professionals in the field. Teachers, students, and professionals will meet on a monthly basis to complete lessons and activities designed to help students develop a project by May. If you are a teacher, student or parent interested in being involved in the program please contact us at:
STEM City Grant Awards
Thank you to the AZ Community Foundation of Flagstaff for supporting our Full STEAM Ahead program. We are dedicated to providing an engaging online version to inspire students to pursue STEAM careers and help them understand the applicability of the curriculum they are learning. Also, a big thank you to The Flagstaff Arts Council for supporting STEM City as an organization. 
New Blog Posts
Why do Jackrabbits Have Large Ears?
Highlighting Indigenous Scientists: Aaron Yazzie Interview
Highlighting Indigenous Scientists: Krystal Tsosie

Local and Online Resources
Welcome back to school! The Flagstaff community is here to help you get through this time.
WiFi Access: Connect Arizona — Free Wi-Fi resources through AZ schools and libraries networks

Online Learning Sites

Library curbside holds and pickup services:
Downtown Library East Flagstaff Community Library
928-213-2333 928-213-2348
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff
Distanced Learning Center: Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Ages 6-17
Access to technology, printing, tutoring, school supplies, free breakfast, lunch and snack.
Weekly fee, * tuition assistance available

Flagstaff Family Food Center
Kitchen Door Lunch Program: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. daily
Free Daily Hot Meal: 4:00-5:30 p.m. daily
Emergency Food Boxes: Tues - Sat: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Killip Elementary Free Food Boxes
Fridays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Public Art Map - Discover Flagstaff

Local STEM News

CCC Begins New Cybersecurity Program

Youth Climate Action Summit 2021

Calling all students (grades 4-12) - the climate crisis is a global emergency and we need your help! The Flagstaff Youth Climate Action Summit is an annual summit held for Flagstaff youth groups to share their climate-oriented community projects. Projects need not be completed by the April 2021 Summit, but should be started before then. Project topics can be related to Water, Waste & Energy, Natural Environment and Conservation, or Food. Student groups are typically 2-5 persons each, though they may be as large as 20. Each group is required to have a Climate Action Mentor to help steer the project. Prospective mentors are encouraged to reach out to local youth groups that they know, formal (clubs, community organizations) or informal (a group of students who you already mentor for professional development), to offer their skills. If you are interested in joining an action group or helping as a mentor please contact:

The Perseid Meteor Shower

Image from Lowell 

Lowell Observatory
Giovale Open Deck Observatory Open (completely outside):
Private Programs for groups of 10 or less
Premium access*: 90 minutes, 8:30pm–10pm and 10:30pm–12am
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat Only

Museum of Northern Arizona 
Open Thursday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, Last entry 2 pm
Advance tickets required

Opportunity Board

Research Associate - The Machine Learning Research Lab, NAU
Job Description

​Research Technician - School of Earth Sci & Env Sust, NAU and NPS
Job Description

Biological Scientist, Flagstaff
Job Description

​Biological Science Technician (Fisheries), Flagstaff
Job Description

Lowell Observatory Openings:

Lowell Discovery Telescope Operator I – posted 8/6/2020
NPOI Observer Technician I & II – posted 8/6/2020
LDT Junior Electrical Technician – posted 7/17/2020

PT Faculty Chemistry, Lone Tree Campus, Flagstaff
Job Description

Substitute Teacher, CAVIAT Central Campus, Flagstaff
Job Description

System Performance Engineer, ATNi - Flagstaff
Job Description

STEAM Event Calendar



Science Friday Radio Program

Fri Aug 21st 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.


Family Friday: Where does the water go?

Fri Aug 21st 2:30pm - 3:00pm
We see water when it’s falling from the sky as rain or snow, but where does it go after it soaks into the ground? Learn about the paths water takes and how we can keep it clean. 


                           OFFICIAL Virtual Arizona Park Fest 2020

Sat Aug 22nd 8:00am - Sun 23rd 5:00pm
The National Park Service will be celebrating its 104th birthday this August! Join us on August 22nd and August 23rd as we recognize the wonderful National Parks in Arizona and our amazing partners! 

Wildflower Walks at the Arb
Sat Aug 22nd 9:30am - 10:30am
Limited to 9 people. Must register 24-hours in advance online, including free walks. Masks are required to participate. NO WALK INS. FREE with paid admission.


Landscaping for biodiversity with MNA

Tue Aug 25th 12:00pm - 12:30pm
The museum grounds may look completely natural and untended, but actually they were carefully planned and planted to recreate a natural ecosystem that serves the needs of diverse creatures..


Sustainability Commission Meeting

Thu Aug 27th 4:30pm - 5:30pm
The Sustainability Commission is currently meeting online, as all in-person Commission meetings have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Science Friday Radio Program

Fri Aug 28th 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.

Seed collecting with MNA

Tue Sep 1st 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Often the best seeds to grow aren’t found in a store, but on the plant already thriving outdoors. Live streamed presentation with horticulturist Jan Busco. 

Angiosperm of the Month
Sulfur Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum

Polygonaceae, Buckwheat Family

Blooms: April - September
Elevation: 5,000-9,000
Dry rocky slopes and ridges, open areas, rocky places in Pinyon (or Piñon)-Juniper , Ponderosa-Pine and higher elevation communities.
Comments: Native and perennial. It has been used as a fumigant and emetic by the Kayenta Navajo and by many Native American tribes for a variety of ailments. Photograph taken at Walnut Canyon on July 27 2020. 
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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