PESI Offers ASTA 2022 Annual Conference Scholarships

The 2022 ASTA Annual Conference,

“3D Roadmapping for the Future”

  will be taking place on November 3rd & 4th

      at the Arizona Challenger Space Center

        17835 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85032


PESI is offering *$100 scholarships
to attend the 2022 ASTA Annual Conference
 Take advantage of ASTA’s Early Bird Registration Sale through October 15, 2022!
Send your scholarship request & contact information to

*One scholarship per person.

**Five $100 scholarships will be awarded!


Apply today!

CLICK HERE for ASTA’s Conference Registration page


*If accepted for an ASTA 2022 Conference Scholarship, PESI does require that you register and pay for the conference in advance and forward a copy of your paid registration to

**A final conference review, including how you intend to use information learned at the ASTA Conference in your classroom, is also required.


Collaboration Opportunity with the National Science Foundation for 3-5 AZ Science Teachers

GBH Education, co-producer of PBS LearningMedia is seeking a grade 3-5 AZ science teacher who might collaborate with us on the National Science Foundation proposal described below.  Interested/curious educators can respond to who will introduce you to the project lead, Shawn Stevens, Director, STEM Curriculum and Instruction for much more background.  Please respond by August 22nd.  (Feel free to pass this along to your colleagues.)
GBH Education is currently working on an NSF DRK-12 proposal for the project, One Earth for All Peoples, which focuses on creating instructional materials for Grades 3–5 that focus on Earth as a system and the role that people play in that system. 
 To prepare students to understand and deal with complex issues like climate change and its impacts, it should be beneficial to start kids building proficiency considering complex systems in the elementary grades. We’d like to develop project-based learning (PBL) units to engage students in socio-ecological phenomena in the Earth system that are relevant to their lives and address the impacts that various factors have on local environments and communities. The resources will address NGSS performance expectations and Geography standards related to the interactions between people and the physical environment. We will investigate how students’ ideas about the Earth as a system, and their role in it, develop during the Grade 3–5 level. 

Cooper Center FUN at the Children’s Museum!

The Cooper Center is taking over the Children’s Museum Tucson!

Mark your calendars!  On September 14th, Cooper Center will bring the Sonoran Desert to the museum!  Kids can experience stories and activities that highlight the amazing natural world all around us.  There will be live music from Mr. Nature and the Desert Music Project and local food trucks to offer a variety of food and drink options for the entire family.  There will also be cocktails available for the grownups!
The event will be live-streamed to celebrate the start of the new school year and everyone who supports the Cooper Center with testimonials and fond memories from camp as we raise funds for Camp Cooper!
Cooper Center will be sharing exciting updates for the community to come together to #SupportCampCooper through their annual fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $30,000 for the amazing educational staff and programs. Your gift is essential to their efforts. Please share their campaign with friends and family, too. Be on the lookout for campaign information on September 1st, and #GiveTheDesert with your contribution!

Cooper Center Field Trips

Registration for field trips is OPEN!   Cooper Center is eager to welcome everyone out at camp this fall.   To sign up for their remarkable field trips or for more information, click below.

Camp Cooper Field Trip Interest Form

 Find out more about Cooper Center at

 and in their  Cooper Center July Newsletter