Saturdays in February were fun with STEM! Experts and special guests hosted virtual Connect2STEM Live TV sessions every week. Those have been archived by STEM category below. For questions about Connect2STEM TV, please contact Caroline Berger.

Science

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department previews a virtual exhibit exploring the Phoenix Zoo, Liberty Wildlife Center, the importance of air quality and more.

Have you ever wondered where and how items used in medical research are made? Join the Arizona Simulation, Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) at the University of Arizona for a fascinating tour through the artificial tissue laboratory. The center will share the science behind the making of silicone molds used for surgery and explain how the molds are used for medical training.

Palo Verde Generating Station has been the nation’s largest power producer of any kind for nearly 30 years — all of it clean and carbon-free. The plant is a critical asset to the Southwest, generating more than 32 million megawatt-hours annually — enough power for more than 4 million people. Join representatives from the APS-Palo Verde Generating Station for an amazing behind the scenes virtual tour of the state’s nuclear power plant.

Continuing the conversation from the Inside the Artificial Tissue Laboratory Part One session, the second session features an inside look at the Artificial Tissue Laboratory – Arizona Simulation, Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) at the University of Arizona. Learn how artificial tissues are used to train medical students and share the center's vast collection of artificial body parts.

Get ready for a quick — and sticky — challenge! Can you lift an ice cube using only a string and salt? With serious wow factor, this science experiment is a simple, fun way to learn about salt's effect on the freezing point of water.

  • Materials needed: Three small bowls — for ice, salt and water — and a piece of string.

Technology

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department previews a virtual exhibit exploring the Phoenix Zoo, Liberty Wildlife Center, the importance of air quality and more.

Have you ever wondered where and how items used in medical research are made? Join the Arizona Simulation, Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) at the University of Arizona for a fascinating tour through the artificial tissue laboratory. The center will share the science behind the making of silicone molds used for surgery and explain how the molds are used for medical training.

Palo Verde Generating Station has been the nation’s largest power producer of any kind for nearly 30 years — all of it clean and carbon-free. The plant is a critical asset to the Southwest, generating more than 32 million megawatt-hours annually — enough power for more than 4 million people. Join representatives from the APS-Palo Verde Generating Station for an amazing behind the scenes virtual tour of the state’s nuclear power plant.

Discover how drones deliver basic first aid, such as band-aids, at a safe distance and learn how to make a wind-up helicopter. Take a virtual tour of the brand-new Ellie & Michael Ziegler STEAM Makerspace Studio at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, followed by a live discussion with the Boys & Girls Clubs STEAM Dream Team.

  • Materials needed: Four small paper clips, masking tape, one craft stick, one long rubber band, one various colors of construction paper propeller, pencils, scissors, one heavy cardstock, retractable pens — several in various sizes — and string.

Watch manikins come alive before your eyes! Learn how technology is used in creating a mock hospital and situations to train medical personnel. Learn the term ‘simulation’ and the connection between society, education – and even video games! Discover how human simulators are used in medical practice and share the use of virtual reality and augmented reality for medical simulation.

Join Lucas Grijalva at the University of Arizona Simulation, Technology and Education Center as he continues the tour and shares how the center is used for training first responders to deal with everything from a pandemic, to wildfires, to floods. See the thirty-foot projector-based wide area virtual environment that immerses trainees in simulations that might challenge our community.

Computers, the internet, and technology: How does it all work? When you use a smartphone or computer to do schoolwork, talk to friends or play games, it’s all powered by telecommunications. Discover the wonders behind connectivity, cool innovations, and science from Radiall, a global manufacturer of leading-edge interconnect solutions.

Continuing the conversation from the Inside the Artificial Tissue Laboratory Part One session, the second session features an inside look at the Artificial Tissue Laboratory – Arizona Simulation, Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) at the University of Arizona. Learn how artificial tissues are used to train medical students and share the center's vast collection of artificial body parts.

Have you ever wondered how traffic lights are controlled? How your microwave knows how long it needs to cook your popcorn? Or how microcontrollers are used at NASA or your local hospital?

This tutorial gives you an insight in the various fields microcontrollers are used in our everyday lives and beyond.

Engineering

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department previews a virtual exhibit exploring the Phoenix Zoo, Liberty Wildlife Center, the importance of air quality and more.

Palo Verde Generating Station has been the nation’s largest power producer of any kind for nearly 30 years — all of it clean and carbon-free. The plant is a critical asset to the Southwest, generating more than 32 million megawatt-hours annually — enough power for more than 4 million people. Join representatives from the APS-Palo Verde Generating Station for an amazing behind the scenes virtual tour of the state’s nuclear power plant.

Discover how drones deliver basic first aid, such as band-aids, at a safe distance and learn how to make a wind-up helicopter. Take a virtual tour of the brand-new Ellie & Michael Ziegler STEAM Makerspace Studio at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, followed by a live discussion with the Boys & Girls Clubs STEAM Dream Team.

  • Materials needed: Four small paper clips, masking tape, one craft stick, one long rubber band, one various colors of construction paper propeller, pencils, scissors, one heavy cardstock, retractable pens — several in various sizes — and string.

Discover how to build Native cultural dwellings and understand the engineering behind why they were built.

Math

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department previews a virtual exhibit exploring the Phoenix Zoo, Liberty Wildlife Center, the importance of air quality and more.

Palo Verde Generating Station has been the nation’s largest power producer of any kind for nearly 30 years — all of it clean and carbon-free. The plant is a critical asset to the Southwest, generating more than 32 million megawatt-hours annually — enough power for more than 4 million people. Join representatives from the APS-Palo Verde Generating Station for an amazing behind the scenes virtual tour of the state’s nuclear power plant.

Discover how using just a few geometric shapes you can create a piece of art in Math!

  • Materials needed: Five pieces of paper, a pencil, a ruler, scissors and markers or crayons.

Medicine

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department previews a virtual exhibit exploring the Phoenix Zoo, Liberty Wildlife Center, the importance of air quality and more.

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy shares how to create a lung at home! Learn about the anatomy of the respiratory system, how it can be affected by a disease like asthma and how certain drugs combat asthma in order to improve breathing. Materials needed: Straws of various sizes, plastic bags and tape.

Palo Verde Generating Station has been the nation’s largest power producer of any kind for nearly 30 years — all of it clean and carbon-free. The plant is a critical asset to the Southwest, generating more than 32 million megawatt-hours annually — enough power for more than 4 million people. Join representatives from the APS-Palo Verde Generating Station for an amazing behind the scenes virtual tour of the state’s nuclear power plant.

Discover (and hear!) the importance of having a healthy, active heart. Join University of Arizona College of Pharmacy students demonstrate how to build a stethoscope and discuss ways kids can keep your heart healthy. Materials needed: Regular or electrical tape, scissors, two ear plugs, flexible wire (15 inches), two flexible tubes (39 inches), medicine cup and one un-inflated balloon.

Do you want to become a doctor or nurse? Step inside the Center for Simulation and Innovation at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Meet Hal, the worlds most sophisticated pediatric patient and learn the basics of suturing.

Dreaming of being a physician? Scrub in and join the downtown Phoenix medical school recruitment and admissions team for a virtual introduction of the journey to medicine, the wonders of the human body and what it takes to be a doctor with Saturday Scrubs.

 

Here’s your chance to see what a colon looks like! Take part in this unique experience with an in-depth guided tour of "Chole," the eight-foot inflatable colon. Learn how to take good care of your colon, what polyps are, as well as the warning signs, diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.

*Special note: This session will be presented in English and Spanish.

Are you interested in a career in nursing? With the nursing field growing, there are a variety of different types of nurses. Join this session, ask questions and learn about the different roles a nurse plays in the health care field. Hear first-hand what nursing school is like and how you can prepare for college.

We all love candy and ice cream, but can you guess how much sugar you eat and drink daily? Join public health experts to discover the sweet and amazing facts about sugar. Join the fun by learning the cool facts about food labeling and important nutrition guidelines.