STEM For Every Student

Every Arizona student deserves the choice to enter a STEM Career, but not every student will have the opportunity. You can make the difference.

Why Do Early STEM Experiences Matter?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in STEM related fields pay twice as much as those that are not related to STEM. The opportunity in a STEM career is significant, and yet, according to Arizona’s Education Progress Meter, only 27% of 8th grade students are prepared to be successful in high school math – a core component of most STEM careers. Even more, STEM experiences and connections help students understand why specific courses are important, what real life experience they need, and equip them to develop the skills necessary for success.

Help Us Close The STEM Gap

This year School Connect is partnering with Arizona State University and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) to create a STEM experience for 1,200 seventh grade students. Our goal is to introduce students to engineering professionals to learn what they can do now to set themselves up for success in the future. In this pursuit, School Connect is creating a STEM “Game Day” Field Trip to Mountain America Stadium at Arizona State University. During this field trip students will meet engineers and gain firsthand knowledge of the engineering skills needed to host a game in the very stadium in which they stand. This STEM experience will be followed by the opportunity to connect further with these engineering companies.

Like you, we believe that every child should have the connections and resources needed to reach their potential. Please help us provide life changing opportunities in STEM for a future without limits!

“Before I went to ASU Stadium, I’d heard the word “engineer” before, but I didn’t really know what they did. It was kinda like a mystery job to me. And to be honest, I had no clue how someone becomes an engineer either. But when we had those engineer presenters at lunch, everything started to make sense.”

“I asked them all sorts of stuff, like how they got into engineering, what their favorite projects were, and what they thought was the coolest thing about their job. It got me thinking a lot about my future. Like, maybe I could be an engineer too someday. I mean, if they can do all this amazing stuff, why not me?”

“And guess what? Some of them said they struggled in school too. That was a big surprise because I always thought engineers had to be like super geniuses. It felt real because they were just regular people like us, and they made it happen. So now, I’m kinda excited about the idea of becoming an engineer one day. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be the one talking to students and inspiring them at some cool place like ASU Stadium in the future.”

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Celebrate the Champions of Education who have made a significant impact on Arizona's youth!

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

Congratulations to Litchfield Elementary School and Principal Sabine Hopper for winning the 2024 Because It Takes A Village Award. Your school leads the way as a shining example of what it means to collaborate for the benefit of the entire community! In the words of Principal Sabine Hopper, 

“I could not run this school and do what I do without the beautiful work of the people that I work with. It is about community; it’s not about one person. The volunteers that we get at our school are incredible. The parents are incredible. They are part of our family; so, when they walk in, we know them by name. They come in, they help get chills when you walk out there and see all the people and the love from the community.” 

@litchfield_esd thank you for showing us the value of #community!

Congratulations to Samuel Granado, 5th grade student from Pendergast Elementary School District, and recipient of the 2024 Student Champion of the Year Award for grades K-6.

Samuel strives to be a leader for his community just like his ancestors in the Lakota tribe and says we should always advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Thank you for leading by example, Samuel! We cannot wait to see your Dreamscape Lab and know that you will keep advocating for other students to have the best educational pathway forward! 

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Congratulations to Taylor Perkins, recipient of the 2024 School Champion of the Year Award. Watch as Taylor shares how gardens can become a welcoming place for every person to build community and help Arizona youth see a glimpse of all the amazing careers that are right at their fingertips. 
In Taylor’s words,
“It’s really awesome to see students plant a seed in the ground and watch it grow. They just have this appreciation for life. You get in the dirt; you plant something and it’s like dancing – everyone can do it! And no matter what stage of life you are in? You belong.”  #CHASSEBuildingTeam #schoolchampionoftheyearaward  #BuildingToMakeADifference 

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Congratulations to Deb Lupnacca, Achievement Interventionist from the Washington Elementary School District @wesdschools and recipient of the Founder’s Heart Award. Honored for her work as a teacher and school champion, Deb believes that leaders of all ages are just waiting to be discovered. Ms. Lupnacca inspires young and old to be the change they want to see as she embodies the School Connect “Heart of a Founder” who paves the way for the next generation.
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#nationalteacherappreciationweek #foundersheartaward #schoolconnectawards #WESDfamily @wesdschools
In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, School Connect invites you to submit your school project now. 

We can't think of a better way to support your teachers and school than inviting your community to come partner with you!

Early bird submissions create time for organizations to put your school project on their calendar! It also allows time to invite parents, community members and student leaders to help lead the charge!
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