November Newsletter

STEM City would like to express our gratitude to our STEM Community. In particular we would like to thank all of the amazing educators out there navigating a new classroom setting. You are an irreplaceable asset in our community. Sharing knowledge and giving our youth confidence, especially in STEM fields is important for a bright future! This month we are highlighting Gretchen Goodly (left) and Kris Penca (right), both instructing in the MIT-e Biology and Engineering program at Sinagua Middle School.
Gretchen Goodly brings her vast knowledge of science and the engineering process to life in her classroom. For instance, she has been instrumental in bringing the Future Cities Project, an expansive program culminates in a competition and presentation that often impress judges of all walks in the engineering and science field.
Kris Penca is dedicated to keeping her students motivated in a remote setting. This semester she has created original STEM activities with kits that include designing with 3D cad, exploring physical properties of matter, chemical reactions and more. The most inspiring thing about her teaching style is that there are no conventional exams that ask students to regurgitate information. Instead, performance based assessments ask students to share their scientific findings, promoting a deeper understanding and a realistic view of what STEM fields entail. 

If you would know someone who should be highlighted for their excellence in STEM please contact us at
New Blog Post: Why do the leaves change colors?

What is ROADS on Asteroids?

This is a robotics STEM challenge for students in grades 3-12 that follows the objectives of NASA missions to Asteroids using drones and robots. This is an ALL VIRTUAL team robotics challenge that can be done at school, in programs, or by students at home social distancing. The grand prize is a trip to see an Asteroid mission launch (DART or Lucy) in the summer/ fall of 2021, pending the ability to safely travel at that time. Learn more about ROADS on Asteroids here: . Priority registration for the ROADS on Asteroids Student Challenge is open through November, 20th. Registration is not required to use the ROADS on Asteroids STEAM curriculum. Please contact to sign up or for more information. 

Opportunity Board

Stewardship (Hydrology/Fisheries) Resource Assistant Intern - MobilizeGreen, Flagstaff 
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Archeological Field Technician, SWCA - Flagstaff
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Data Scientist, Flagstaff 
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Applications Programmer, Apprentice - The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University
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Research Associate - The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at NAU
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Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist - Department of the Interior, Flagstaff
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Surgical Research Technician, W L Gore and Associates, Flagstaff:
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Wildlife Biologist, Flagstaff
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Biological Science Technician, 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? 


Science Friday Radio Program

Fri Nov 20th 11:00am - 1:00pm
Listen to Science Friday live on Fridays from 11-1pm MST. Radio listeners can tune in to KNAU at 91.7 FM to listen to the program live.

Family Friday: Corn is a-maize-ing!

Fri Nov 20th 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Corn has been raised by indigenous people of the Southwest for more than 4,000 years. This interesting and tasty plant was and still is an important food source...

Springs: Grand Canyon's Hidden Waters

Mon Nov 23rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Colorado River carved the primary path through Grand Canyon, but the canyon is also sustained by more than 1,400 springs, one of the highest concentrations of springs in the United States. 

Science Friday Radio Program
Fri Nov 27th 11:00am - 1:00pm
Listen to Science Friday live on Fridays from 11-1pm MST. Radio listeners can tune in to KNAU at 91.7 FM to listen to the program live.

White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers

Sat Nov 28th 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Coming to Flagstaff from the White Mountains, the second highest peaks in Arizona, the Apache Crown Dancers bring with them a tradition of healing they draw directly from the mountains. 


Let’s Get on Down to the Rio de Flag - Community Awareness, Celebration, and Engagement

Wed Dec 2nd 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Explore the Watershed Speaker Series (public meetings) Speakers: Maggie Twomey (City of Flagstaff), Art Babbott (Coconino County) 

Comet Talk - The Art of Science

Tue Dec 8th 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Art and science collide in Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest, an art exhibit informed by scientific and cultural inquiry and explores the story of water in the southwest.
Angiosperm of the Month
Rabbit Brush 
Ericameria nauseosa (Chrysothamnus nauseosos)
Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)

Blooms: July - October
Elevation: 3,000 - 9,000 '
Habitat: Dry plains, dry mountainsides, grassland, open woodlands and roadsides.
Comments: Perennial shrub, eaten by rabbits and browsed by deer, elk, and pronghorn. Photograph taken at Walnut Canyon on September 3rd, 2020.
Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity taking place December 1, 2020!
Generosity gives each of us the power to make positive changes in our community. Please consider donating to STEM City to continue programs such as the annual STEM Night at the Dome, Full STEAM Ahead, the "STEMmy" Awards, and providing free science kits for checkout.
Donate Here
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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