SOURCE: Arizona Technology Council

http://www.aztechcouncil.org

April 04, 2011 11:15 ET

Arizona Technology Council Launches getSTEM™-az, an Interactive Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Web Portal

Statewide Initiative Facilitates Collaboration That Matches Classroom Needs With Business Resources

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - April 4, 2011) -  Arizona Technology Council (http://www.aztechcouncil.org/) and its Foundation today announced the launch of getSTEM™-az (http://www.getstem-az.com), an innovative and interactive web portal for Arizona educators and businesses to build relationships and collaborate to match STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) education needs with STEM businesses resources.

"Arizona educators are working to prepare students for careers rich in math, technology, science and engineering skills," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO, Arizona Technology Council. "The getSTEM-az web portal connects teachers with interactive and exciting learning resources they need to provide the rigorous and relevant learning that will prepare students for success."

The Arizona Commerce Authority has partnered with the Arizona Technology Council to create getSTEM-az as a component of a statewide initiative to promote rigorous and relevant education opportunities in STEM related fields. The initiative is being funded by a combination of grants awarded by the Arizona Commerce Authority and Innovation Frontier Arizona -WIRED along with contributions from several high technology company sponsors including Avtex, IBM, Microsoft, Raytheon and Thomson Reuters.

"getSTEM-az is an excellent example of the private sector and public sector working in harmony to achieve real results for Arizona students," said Don Cardon, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. "Arizona's high tech businesses are stepping up to the plate to aid schools in delivering a world class education."

getSTEM-az Tools and Resources
getSTEM-az offers a convenient online location for educators to request resources or opportunities that clearly connect their STEM-related coursework to college or career possibilities. At the same time, getSTEM provides businesses with an easy way to support and collaborate with local educators to help prepare tomorrow's workforce to succeed in STEM-related fields.

The variety of tools, resources, links, current news and events related to STEM education that can be found on getSTEM-az.com (http://www.getstem-az.com) include:

Just Ask - View recent requests from local educators. Sign in and Just Ask for something like a field trip, guest speaker, mentor, software, materials or supplies. Also, sign up for an RSS feed to notify you when new asks are posted.

Just Offer - View recent offers from local businesses. Sign in and Just Offer to give a field trip, guest speaker, mentor, software, materials or supplies. Also, sign up for an RSS feed to notify you when new offers are posted.

Events - View local STEM-related events or add a public event you know in your area.

Successes - Highlights some of the successful connections made through this site along with other successful STEM initiatives happening in the state of Arizona.

STEM Links - Learn more about programs, activities and resources on STEM-related topics and fun, interactive learning opportunities.

STEM News - View recent news on successful STEM programs, initiatives and current research.

About STEM - Learn more about what STEM education is -- an integration of disciplinary knowledge into a new 'whole' that can help build more rigorous and relevant science, technology, engineering and math learning opportunities for Arizona students.

My STEM - View or change account information including your recent asks and offers.

About the Arizona Technology Council Foundation
The Arizona Technology Council Foundation provides non-profit, industry and academia grants and awards to further promote and grow technology in Arizona through the raising of funds, leadership, collaboration and innovation. 

About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is a private, not-for-profit trade association founded to connect, represent and support the state's expanding technology industry. To promote economic growth and professional development in Arizona's technology sector, the Council provides members networking opportunities, business support and access to educational forums. The Council strives to distinguish Arizona as a leader in the technology community and offer resources that are exclusive to its members. To become a member or to learn more, please visit http://www.aztechcouncil.org. You are also invited to e-mail the president and his staff, Twitter @aztechcouncil, or view the Council's Facebook, LinkedIn, or Plaxo page.

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