We wanted to learn the impact of all the communities we serve around Arizona, and how effective our model has been implementing STEM opportunities in rural communities. Verde Valley STREAM Council have been hard at work and wanted to share some of their accomplishments of 2019.
What all has been achieved?
The STREAM Council sponsored the Friends of the Verde River’s second annual State of The Verde Watershed Conference in October, addressing the health of the Verde waterways. Over 160 people attended this popular community event. The group also participated in the 30th annual Verde River Day at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on September 28, 2019.
“It was great to share the day with other STEM champions, community members and families to promote awareness about how STEM plays a part in everyday life.”
Mini grants were awarded to Local First Arizona, Friends of the Verde River, Camp Verde Parks and Rec, and Gardens for Humanity. These grantees implemented after school and summer STEM programming for kids across the Verde Valley as well as informal STEM learning opportunities for all ages.
What’s coming up?
The STREAM Council is excited to announce two upcoming community events. The Cosmic Science Café, planned for late February 2020, is a free event that will bring together the Verde Valley Astronomers and an ASU astrophysicist to guide our participants through an evening of stargazing. In March, the Verde Valley’s own Kathryn Turney will present at the Archeological Science Cafe. Both of these events will be hosted at the Yavapai College Southwest Wine Center.
The mission of the STREAM Council is to develop and support partnerships that shift cultural awareness to target and enhance informal science, technology, engineering, and math learning for all ages across the Verde Valley. If your organization is interested in learning more about the Verde Valley STREAM Council or applying for a grant, visit 4azrain.com and search the Verde Valley. A member of the Council is available to make presentations regarding our mission and grant opportunities by contacting Carolyn Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org.