SARSEF Named $15,000 First Place Winner at Social Impact Pitch Competition!
Catching students before stereotypes are formed is critical – and particularly so in STEM fields. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that by 2020, STEM-related jobs will increase by 500,000. And yet, 70% of the jobs that this year’s Kindergarteners will hold have not yet even been invented! On October 20 at the UofA’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Social Impact Pitch Competition, SARSEF pitched a new program idea – teaching critical thinking skills to preschoolers – and won $15,000! Rather than teach isolated skills that will be outdated in a few short years, SARSEF will explore teaching critical thinking and problem solving so students can keep ahead of tomorrow’s curve.
SARSEF Co-hosts TENWEST’s STEM Connect Day
On October 15, SARSEF, together with the UA STEM Learning Center and Waters Foundation, was host to a celebration of STEM collaboration in Arizona. The day included numerous SARSEF facilitators during the Systems Thinking plenary discussion by the Waters Foundation, followed by a panel discussion with community leaders from IBM, Raytheon, Microsoft, and more, moderated by SARSEF’s Deputy Director, Liz Baker. President Robbins was the keynote speaker and emphasized the need for early outreach – to preschoolers – to reach our STEM goals for our state. SARSEF led two afternoon breakout sessions on the future of STEM in Arizona.
Click here to view a Facebook video of Stem Connect Day at TENWEST!
IBM 40th Anniversary Event Honors SARSEF
On October 19, SARSEF was recognized for its work in the community and awarded a check for $10,000 to support the Arizona STEM Adventure, coming November 16, 2018!
Rotary Club of Tucson’s Classic Car Show Benefits SARSEF!
The Rotary’s Tucson Classics Car Show named SARSEF as one of the primary beneficiaries of the proceeds of their biggest event of the year, held October 20 at the Gregory School. SARSEF volunteers assisted with the activities. Proceeds will go towards SARSEF’s STEM Outreach programs for underrepresented students in areas of poverty and rural communities.