Connect2STEM 2018

Sat Jan. 27 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Details

Connect2STEM is BACK!

2018 is Going to be Bigger, Better and Nerdier!

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The University of Arizona (UA), in partnership with COX Communications, presents the fourth annual Connect2STEM — a family friendly event celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine. In 2017, the event drew more than 6,500 children and their families!

STEM enthusiasts have the opportunity to interact with 150+ tables of hands-on science activities, including:

New: The STEM Revolution Mobile Lab!
New: Financial Literacy Zone, sponsored by USAA and featuring Luke Air Force Base!

  • The Da Vinci surgery robot!
  • Cow eyeball dissections!
  • The Wildcat Water Lab!
  • Real space equipment from OSIRIS Rex, the mission to bring back pieces of the asteroid "Bennu" to earth!

Video Highlights from Last Year's Event

Activity Zones for Ages 3-18:

  • BioScience Zone: Touch, feel and discover skin synthetics, as well as see the biomechanics of a life-sized, high fidelity mannequin that can talk, breathe, bleed and sweat.
  • Nature Zone: Get down and dirty with UA master gardeners and splash around in the Wildcat Water Lab.
  • Outer Space/Technology Zone: Calling all amateur astronomers! Learn about OSRIS-Rex, a mission to bring pieces of the asteroid “Bennu” back to earth.
  • COX Gig Zone: Enjoy gaming stations, coloring contests and giveaways. Learn about the science of GIGABLAST services getting to your home. Be on the lookout for a special appearance by Digeez, the COX mascot.
  • Wildcat Spirit Zone: Bear Down! Meet Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat, mingle with fellow alumni and bounce around on the UA Inflatable.


CONNECT2Careers: Meet with doctors, athletic trainers, nurses, Intel engineers and scientists. And the best part is: You can ask them anything.

2018 Speakers

  • 10:30–11:00 a.m.: Linda Nelson, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
  • 11:00–11:30 a.m.: Brian Kloss, Assistant Vice President, Financial Advice and Solutions Group at USAA
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Deb Gorombei, RN, DNP, CFRN, LNCC and John Fraleigh BSN, RN, CFRN, UA Nursing – Phoenix MEPN Site Clinical Coordinator/Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Teaching Associate
  • 12:00–12:30 p.m.: Tyrone Benson, Senior Reliability Research and Development Engineer, INTEL
  • 12:30–1:00 p.m.: Cassandra Lejoly, Graduate Assistant and PhD Candidate UA Lunar and Planetary Lab
  • 1:00–1:30 p.m.: Zach Lewis, MAT, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer – University of Arizona Football
  • 1:30–2:00 p.m. Anthony Malaj, Past Awardee of the National Science Teacher of the Year, Recipient of National Study Council Award, Top Teacher Awardee and Distinguished Alumni from New Mexico State University


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*Thanks to our generous sponsors, The Boyer Company and Standard Parking, all attendees who register will receive $5 parking ($10 off) in the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Garage. Parking will be $15 without registration. Registration for the event is free. Parking Map (PDF)

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Thank You to Our 2018 Partners!