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Maricopa County Educational Resource Directory

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 Stormwater Quality Annual Poster Contest

Laurie King

Get out your drawing supplies! The stormwater program hosts an annual poster contest for students in grades 3-6.

Did you know that stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of pollution in the United States? This annual contest aims to increase awareness of stormwater pollution to students and allows them to spread their own pollution prevention message through art.

Winning posters will be featured in a calendar, be presented a certificate in front of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and receive swag bags filled with prizes from sponsors. The contest runs year round, with entries being due in March. Check out our website to see past winning posters, and to learn more about this year's contest theme, rules, and prizes for the winning posters!

Clean Water, Students Can Help!

Laurie King

Let us come to you! The Stormwater program delivers FREE K-8 educational programs in the classroom. These one-hour programs first engage students by giving them background information on what stormwater is, and how stormwater becomes polluted. We then allow students to explore the topic through age-appropriate hands-on activities demonstrating stormwater pollution. We wrap up the program by discussing how we can work together to protect our drinking and recreational waters. 

We have 5 programs depending on the age group of the students that align with Arizona state standards.

School STEM and Science Events 

Laurie King

Interactive demonstrations of portable air monitoring devices and mobile air quality educational kiosk educates students and families about air pollution. Participation in STEM events also includes promotional items/give-aways and informational material. Ultimate goal is a Call to Action to encourage behavioral changes resulting in improved air quality. This service/resource provided by Maricopa County Air Quality.

Kids Making Sense Curriculum for Middle and High School Students 

Laurie King

Kids Making Sense is a STEM based unit for grades 6-12. Students collect and analyze real air quality data in real time using portable, hand held sensors. Data collection sessions are saved and uploaded onto an online map. Students can analyze the data and compare their results to students around the world. Lesson plans, materials, sensors, cell phones, and technical support are provided to participating schools in Maricopa County at no cost. This service/resource provided by Maricopa County Air Quality.

Up in the Air: An Air Pollution Education Curriculum for Grades K-5

Laurie King

Up in the Air is an air pollution education program for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students explore air pollution through hands-on science lessons aligned to state standards. We deliver lesson plans, digital lessons for interactive whiteboards, and resource kits containing all needed materials right to the classroom at no cost. This service/resource provided by Maricopa County Air Quality.

It's Raining, It's Pouring, It's Flooding in Maricopa County

Laurie King

It's Raining, It's Pouring, It's Flooding in Maricopa County! is a five lesson plan STEM unit for sixth grade, that provides supplemental material that can be added to instruction about Earth's Water. Students will understand the causes and effects of flooding in both urban and rural communities in Maricopa County. Students will use this information for create an emergency preparedness plan that focuses on personal safety for them and their family. This unit provides links for teachers to assist with the final project, as well as background information on monsoons and flooding in Maricopa County.

STEM Pro Live!

Laurie King

STEM Pro Live! is a free, live, monthly broadcast of a STEM professional sharing from his or her workplace. STEM professionals tell students about their journey, then answer questions in real time from students via a chatroom.

STEM Pro Live! has featured engineers, app developers, researchers, business owners, and other STEM professionals from companies and agencies including Intel, Medtronic, the Arizona Coyotes, Maricopa County Air Quality, Freeport McMoRan, Arizona State University, and Butterfly Wonderland.

STEM Pro Live! contributes to creating a STEM identity in students by connecting them with diverse STEM role models. Learn more about developing a STEM identity here.

STEM Pro Live! broadcasts are the third Wednesday of every month (excluding June, July, and August) from 9:00 to 9:30 am.

This service/resource provided by the office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent.

Solve It!

Laurie King

Solve It! is a video series featuring STEM educators posing real-world challenges to students. Each Solve It! episode consists of two videos. 

The first poses the challenge for students. All challenges are actual issues that are being grappled with in our community right now.

The second provides teachers with necessary background information, guiding questions, and suggested resources to solve the challenges.

This service/resource provided by the office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent.