Visit stem.vtol.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the VFS STEM Program! This new online platform aims to provide quality VTOL-related learning resources for STEM educators ranging from primary through high school level, and to highlight the outreach efforts from our VFS regional and university chapters as well as membership at large.
2018 Arizona SciTech Festival
(February – March)
The Arizona SciTech Festival is a statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM or STEAM when you include the arts) held annually in February and March. Please see below for a calendar of events for the different AZ regions and check back for more details closer to the festival.
- 18th Annual Ancient Technology Day: Prehistoric & Historic – Sat 3/10/18, 9am-3pm [Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix]
- 2018 Arizona Archaeology Expo – Sat 3/10/18, 10am-4pm [Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa]
- spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity – Sat 3/17/18 – Sun 3/18/18, 12-11pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun [Mesa Arts Center, Mesa]
- Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books – Sat 3/10/18 – Sun 3/11/18, 9am-5:30pm [UA Mall, Tucson]
Southern + Eastern Arizona
- 2018 Maricopa Science City at Salsa Festival – Sat 3/17/18, 2-6pm [Copper Sky Regional Park, Maricopa] (10,000 – 15,000)
- Innovation Nation STEM Festival – Sat 4/28/18, 10am-2pm [Show Low Jr. High School, Show Low]
Northern + Western Arizona
- Verde Valley SciTech Festival 2018 – Date & Time TBD (7+ days of STEAM fun all around the Verde Valley!)
- Prescott Regional SciTech Fest – Sat 4/21/18, 10am-4pm [Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Activity Center, Prescott]
- Xplor-ology: Discover STEAM in the Verde Valley – Fri 5/11/18, 3-6pm [Yavapai College – Verde Valley Campus, Clarkdale]
Forum 74 STEM Event
On Thursday May 17th, the AHS-Vertical Flight Society Phoenix Chapter hosted a STEM day for High School/College students at the Phoenix Convention Center. Dr. Kendra Befort, The Boeing Company, presented engaging insight into the history of automation toward autonomy and the influence it will have on future vertical lift. The students were escorted throughout the AHS-VFS Forum Exhibit Hall where they spoke with college and industry representatives and tried their hands on multiple vertical lift simulators. After lunch and a debrief, feedback from the students was exceedingly positive with several of them now influenced to pursue vertical flight careers and to join Arizona State University’s Vertical Flight Society Student Chapter.
Special thanks to Joanne Baker, The Boeing Company for leading and organizing the event!