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A STEAM-focused degree can lead to a world of opportunities!

STEM and STEAM graduates work for all types of employers in business, education, government, non-profits, manufacturing, entertainment, and more.

Think you will sit in an office all day? Not necessarily! As an example, software engineers go underwater to help scientists understand better the ocean; zoo keepers manage animals in their habitats; meteorologists assess damage from weather-related disasters; and forensic scientists conduct investigations in the field. What they all have in common are the skills required to succeed – the ability to think critically, work collaboratively, communicate, and solve problems creatively.

Fast-Track your STEAM Career

PVCC has transfer partnerships with three major Arizona state Universities and special science transfer partnerships with others including Grand Canyon University (GCU). This makes it easy to continue your education and earn a four-year degree in fields like business, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, nursing, and engineering.

PVCC is home to exciting new technologies like 3D printers and state-of-the-art telescopes. Chemistry students have access to high-performance liquid chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance technology. The Life Sciences and Health Sciences buildings incorporate the latest state-of-the-art technology for science education, including a cadaver lab and real-word hospital simulation practice labs.

You will find many opportunities that will enhance your STEAM education, including summer STEAM programs for high school students, internships with leading area industries, STEAM events and speakers, and student clubs where you can interact with others who share your career pathway.

Click on the link to the upper right of this page to download our STEAM brochure, and get started on an exciting career path right here at PVCC!

 

Check out What Letter Should We Add to STEM, and Why?

 

Women in STEAM careers

“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”

-- President Barack Obama, February 2013

 

Click on the links below to see some exciting STEAM fields in which women can thrive:

Women in STEM Careers - AT&T

Women in Technology - ExxonMobil

#GIRLSCANBE Women in STEM

 

Upcoming Events:

 

NV STEAM Expo

North Valley STEAM Expo - February 23, 2018, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM:

Paradise Valley Community College will host the North Valley STEAM Expo, an Arizona SciTech Premier Signature Event.

Join us for a day celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math in our everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages! The expo will be on February 23 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM.  There will be something for everyone.  Bring the whole family.  Kids will get to participate in hands-on demonstrations, build things, and get some take-aways.

For more information, contact Norma Chandler at norma.chandler@paradisevalley.edu.

 

Pizza with the Professor - Monday, March 5, 2018, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Life Sciences Building, LS-201:

Exploring Game Development and the Unity Game Engine - with Professor James Loop

What is Unity?

Unity Technologies offers a platform for creating beautiful and engaging 2D, 3D, VR, and AR games and apps for computers, consoles, and mobile devices.

Unity plays an important part in a booming global games market. More games are made with Unity than with any other game technology. More players play games made with Unity, and more developers rely on Unity’s tools and services.

Space is limited. Please register at the link below:

https://pizzawiththeprofessor.eventbrite.com

 

STEAMtastic

STEAMtastic and Star Party - March 8, 2018, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM:

Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain in partnership with FCF, YMCA, Phoenix Astronomical Society, and Cave Creek Unified will host STEAMtastic an Arizona SciTech Premier Signature Event.

Join us for an afternoon and evening celebrating science and technology in our everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages! The expo and demonstrations are March 8th, 2018 from 5:00p – 8:00pm. Activities will showcase science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, music, and much, much more.

After 7:00 PM the outside lights will be turned off for our Star Party in the new Astronomy Observatory. Explore the night sky through high-powered telescopes with the help of PVCC Astronomy faculty and the Phoenix Astronomical Society.

Event Activities include: Molecular Gastronomy | Subzero Science | Potato Launch | Science of Brewing | Glow in the Dark Experiments | and local businesses showing science in everyday life.

Click here for more information.

 

Star Party Events

 

STEAM Summer Camps at PVCC during the month of June 2018!!

Summer Camps

Summer Camps

From life skills and performing arts to Kids College and STEAM in Spanish, elementary school, middle school, and high school students can go to “camp” at PVCC this summer.  We will be offering these camps during the month of June.  Check out what we will be offering.   More information, including registration links, will be added soon.

1)   Entrepreneurship

Innovate and develop entrepreneurial skills with feeder and alternative high schools.  The two-week summer program will teach product development and product prototyping using 3D-printing.  Participants will network with other business-oriented students, compete in teams to win a number of different prizes, and meet current professionals working in the field of business.

For more information, contact Kishore Dash at kishore.dash@paradisevalley.edu.

2)   Journey of the Mind Challenge

This camp is exclusively for middle school students.  In the mornings, students will participate in a variety of activities based on the arts, scientific principles, and creative problem solving.  The afternoons will be reserved for collaborative work on an extended project combining scientific concepts with visual and performing arts.  The camp will culminate with a presentation of final projects.

For more information, contact Meggin Kirk at meggin.kirk@paradisevalley.edu and/or John Douglass at john.douglass@paradisevalley.edu.

3)   Math Camps

These math camps are for all new students who have only taken the Accuplacer math placement test once and place into either pre-college or developmental MAT082 or MAT092.  The 24 hours of content review will be followed by students re-testing on the placement test with a goal of placing into a higher, college-level math class. 

For more information, contact Mike Hamm at mike.hamm@paradisevalley.edu and/or Maribeth Marquard at maribeth.marquard@paradisevalley.edu.

4)   Young Authors

This camp will allow students to engage with writing in various genres and forms.  From fiction to poetry, students will be encouraged through hands-on activities facilitated by published author-faculty that stimulate and develop the student artist.

For more information, contact Ryan Stone at ryan.stone@paradisevalley.edu and/or David Pegram at david.pegram@paradisevalley.edu and/or Marianne Botos at marianne.botos@paradisevalley.edu.

5)   Exploring Mayan and Aztec Astronomy

This science summer camp will explore Mayan and Aztec astronomy targeted towards elementary school students interested in learning science through Latino culture.  High school and community college students familiar with both Latino culture and STEAM fields will serve as interns and mentors to the elementary students.

For more information, contact Jenny Weitz at jennifer.weitz@paradisevalley.edu and/or Jenny Wright at jenny.wright@paradisevalley.edu.

6)   Middle School Summer Theatre Intensive

In this camp, students will participate in different classes: auditioning, character development, prop making, improvisation, and so much more!  The afternoons will be reserved for rehearsal of a small show that will be presented on the last day of camp for families and friends.  All students are guaranteed a role in the show!

For more information, contact Andrea Robertson at andrea.robertson@paradisevalley.edu and/or Craig Kosnik at craig.kosnik@paradisevalley.edu.

7)   Elementary School Summer Theatre Blast!

This camp will be a fun learning experience for elementary school students, where they will get a chance to explore creating characters through famous books and stories while enhancing their skills in collaboration, creativity, and using their imaginations.

For more information, contact Andrea Robertson at andrea.robertson@paradisevalley.edu and/or Craig Kosnik at craig.kosnik@paradisevalley.edu.

8)   Band/Instrument Music

This camp will be presented in partnership with faculty from the Paradise Valley Unified High School District.  Students will gain hands-on musical experience!

For more information, contact Chris Scinto at christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu.

9)  Choral Music

This camp will be presented in partnership with faculty from the Paradise Valley Unified High School District.  Students will gain hands-on musical experience!

For more information, contact Chris Scinto at christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu.

10)   Orchestra (Strings Only) Music

This camp will be presented in partnership with faculty from the Paradise Valley Unified High School District.  Students will gain hands-on musical experience!

For more information, contact Chris Scinto at christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu.

11)  Jazz Music

Students will learn about jazz theory, improvisation and small ensemble performance.  Students will gain hands-on musical experience!

For more information, contact Chris Scinto at christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu.

12) Music Technology

This camp will provide a fundamental level of instruction in music technology as well as an overview of all the uses of technology in the creation of commercial music.

For more information, contact Chris Scinto at christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu.

13) Video Game Production

This camp will be about the concept of designing and building a Simple Platformer Video Game in the Unity Game Engine video game, which features a newly created superhero.  Students will gain experience in the elements of creative writing, visual art, sound design, and coding.

For more information, contact Chris Scinto at christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu.

 

Past PVCC STEAM-Sponsored Events:

June 2017 STEAM Summer Camp:

The two-week 2017 STEAM Summer Camp focused on cancer.  Students participated in many activities representing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  This camp culminated in a field trip to the Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Facility.

View photos from this event by clicking here.

 

April 2017 North Valley STEAM Expo:

The April 22 NV STEAM Expo, part of the AZ SciTech Festival, included a morning/early-afternoon of hands-on activities and demonstrations in each of the STEAM disciplines.  In addition, two keynote speakers, one from our Fine & Performing Arts Division and one from Luke Air Force Base, presented on fascinating subjects.

View photos from this event by clicking here.

 

March 2017 STEAMtastic Event:

The March 9 STEAMtastic Event, an Arizona SciTech Premier Signature Event, included an afternoon and evening celebration of science and technology in our everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages.

View photos from this event by clicking here.

 

Join students, faculty, community members, and local businesses as they showcase how they use STEAM on a daily basis. Student competitions at the CARSEF Science Fair, student presentations, award ceremony, demonstrations, and guest speakers. North Valley School high schools are all invited to participate in the science fair competition - See more at: http://www.usampm.com/event/North-Valley-STEAM-EXPO/252541/#sthash.OOy7I...