Science & Education Workshops at Phoenix Comic Fest in RealTimeSTEAM STEAM Shop

New this year at Phoenix Comic Fest (formerly Phoenix Comicon) are workshops for educators, parents and attendees in the Science Hall of Heroes, 3rd Floor, Booth #H1045, North Building, Phoenix Convention Center, Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Workshop: Games for Computer Science Thinking

In this panel, game designers and experts demonstrate analog and digital games that promote computer science thinking and skills. Teachers and other participants will have the opportunity to play with a series of games and discuss how the games link to computer science content. Resources will be provided including game materials, links to common core/NGSS standards, and lesson plans.

Dani Kachorsky; Earl Aguilera; Kelly Tran

Friday 10am-12:15pm

Inclusivity and CosPlay

We’ll talk about bullying, gender-bending, gender-cross and racebending in cosplay.

Lily Villa

Friday 12:30-2:45pm

Build a Fearless Classroom: Creating Ignite Talks With Students

Discover how to ignite classroom presentations with fast, creative, entertaining 5 minute presentations.

Al Pajak

Friday 3-4pm

Workshop: Science Fair Breakdown

The do’s and dont’s of science fair projects. How to set yourself up so you get a great experience, low stress and your kid has fun too.

Rebekah Brubaker

Friday 4:15-5:15pm

Workshop: Instructional Design

The basic elements of designing efficient, effective, and appealing learning experiences.

Rebekah Brubaker/Bill Lombardi

Friday 5:30-6:30pm

Workshop: Kids Owning Companies, Seriously? Yeah!

Bill Gates missed a math test in high school to meet with investors for Microsoft. By 2040, economists predict that freelancers and startups will comprise 80% of the workforce. iGen is changing the definition of 9-5. They know technology better than previous generations; however, they still need to build knowledge around tools that will aid in developing a company. Chat with Dr. York and learn those tools so you can be that kid with a pop culture company that soars.

Ashley Elaine York, PhD

Saturday 10am-11am

Workshop: Pop Culture Startup

Individuals with a Pop Culture Idea in technology, publishing, media, gaming, apparel, collectibles, and more get five minutes to pitch their business plan and field questions from Dr. York, a media scholar and organizational strategist. A winner will be selected and mentored in taking that idea to market.

Ashley Elaine York, PhD

Saturday 11:15-12:15pm

Workshop: Citizen Science in the Classroom and Beyond

Discover real science projects in need of volunteer data gatherers and how to collaborate with ongoing research projects.

Teresa Ashcraft

Saturday 12:30-1:30pm

Workshop: Gigabit 101–Gigovate Workshop by Mozilla with RealTimeSTEAM

How will gigabit super-fast networks shape the future of the internet, education & employment? Over the past few years, Mozilla has been inviting educators, technologists, activists and others to dream about the future of the web made possible by these high-speed networks. In this workshop we’ll explore answers to the question “What story would you like to be able to tell about high speed internet?”

Eileen Kane

Saturday 1:45-2:45pm

STEAM Zine Workshop

In this workshop, poets and editors will instruct participants in writing poetic content and folding/constructing microzines. We’ll also discuss why/how the writing of (micro)poetry fosters the processing of scientific information and why the two are frequently used in tandem (in the UK and elsewhere). Participants will craft micropoetic responses to Bill Nye lessons and others!

Rosemarie (RD) & rdp editors

Saturday 3-4pm

The State of the STEM/Comic Union

Let’s look at how this year’s Marvel, DC, and SciFi flicks stack up against the latest and greatest science has to offer. When Science Fiction could actually become science fact!

Deborah Haralson, Brian Sillanpaa, Kathryn Kitzmiller

Saturday 4:15-6:30pm

Workshop: Teaching Science with Max Axiom, The Secret Coders, and More

In this panel, teachers, comics experts, and researchers discuss and demonstrate how teachers can use comics in a variety of ways to teach different science topics–resources will be provided.

Dani & Jeremy Kachorsky

Sunday 10-12-15pm

Poets vs. Particle Physicists

This workshop will demonstrate how both narration and lyrical word play can help the average student/human engage with particle physics (think linguistic translation game show!). There will also be an interactive workshop during which participants will write redaction/erasure poetry based on excerpts from Neil deGrasse Tyson’s latest book.

Sunday 12:30-1:30pm

Workshop: Cybersecurity K-8

First steps in creating a safe computer environment. Provided by Department of Homeland Security, one in a series of workshops all about 21st Century cybersecurity skills for students.

Brett Scott & Andrew Scott

Sunday 1:45-2:45pm

Workshop: Cybersecurity 9-12

We will demo some more advanced security features and direct you to more free courses that DHS provides and a framework in which you can build customized lessons. Provided by Department of Homeland Security, one in a series of workshops all about 21st Century cybersecurity skills for students.

Brett Scott & Andrew Scott

Sunday 3-4pm

Suspicious Activity Reporting


Detective Sarah Gasper

Help ensure your safety and the safety of others: Be aware of drastic changes in attitude toward others.

Taking note of any escalations in bahavior, providing any information that may help facilitate intervention an mitigate potential risks. Concept of risk and resources provided.

Teachers Receive Professional Development at Phoenix Comic Fest with RealTimeSTEAM.

K-12 and community college instructors receive Professional Development (PD) credits Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education for attending our programming with credentialed panelists (Masters, PhD, or 5 years in an industry). Attending panels, the EduTech Expo and visiting the Science Hall of Heroes all qualify for PD. There is no additional fee for earning PD credits beyond your admission to Phoenix Comic Fest.

We use a proprietary text-based system for PD registration. Find out how to register outside the Science & Education panel rooms N130, N131AB & N131C on the first floor of the North building of Phoenix Convention Center.

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Professional Development certificates will be emailed to the address provided at registration. Examples of 2017 PD panels may be found here.

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EduTech Expo 2018 at Phoenix Comic Fest

In support of our mission to bring a quality professional development experience for K-12 teachers and community college instructors at Phoenix Comic Fest, RealTimeSTEAM presents EduTech Expo 2018, Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7-9 PM, North Building, 224AB, Phoenix Convention Center.

Open to all Phoenix Comic Fest attendees, EduTech Expo 2018 features the curriculum, outreach and educational technology of Arizona-based and international science, technology and research organizations in a casual atmosphere geared for one-on-one demos and conversations.

Our EduTech Expo 2018 featured organizations include:

Monarch Butterfly Fund, whose mission is to foster the conservation of North American Monarch butterflies and their migration through habitat restoration, research, monitoring, education and support for sustainable community development in and near monarch habitats in Mexico;

Southwest Monarch Study, researching the migration and breeding patterns of monarch butterflies in Arizona and the Southwestern United States;

QESST ERC, Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies, an Engineering Research Center (ERC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that focuses on advancing photovoltaic science, technology and education;

Brain Fair, the brain child of Professor Heather Bimonte-Nelson, over the last decade, this program has offered 7,000 third and fifth graders an understanding about the wonders of the brain, science and the advantages of pursuing college;

Neuroscience of Memory and Aging, the research goals of the Bimonte-Nelson laboratory are to characterize the cognitive and brain changes that occur during aging, as well as to develop behavioral and pharmacological strategies to attenuate mnemonic and neurobiological age-related alterations;

Arizona Museum of Natural History, inspiring understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural history of the Southwest (and dinosaurs);

Studio 4 Gaming Innovation, ASU West, exploring the transformative power of art through the media of games and play;

Variable Labs, delivering effective training content using immersive technology;

Universal Technical Institute, leading provider of training for students preparing for careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine, CNC machining and welding technicians;

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine Council, girls and adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader);

Infragard, helping to protect Arizona’s infrastructure by supporting the priorities of the FBI; to cultivate partnerships with public and private sectors through bi-directional sharing of actionable information, training and educational events.

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, City of Phoenix, committed to a secure and resilient city that empowers the whole community.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Arizona State University, featuring the research work of the three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that capture high resolution and multi-spectral images of the lunar surface;

STAX3D, innovating highly effective cost, time, and quality solutions in 3D printing, Kindergarten through Business;

Galvanize, cultivating tech talent for both companies and individuals with courses in full-stack web development and data science;

Arizona State University Interplanetary Initiative, Arizona State University’s pan-university effort that will pave the way for the future of humans in space;

TEALS, Technology Education and Literacy in Schools helps high schools throughout the US build and grow sustainable computer science programs;

AIAA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, celebrating aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life;

Education Empowers, a neighborhood community of volunteers passionate about promoting education for children focusing on Robotics, Sustainability, STEM / STEAM;

Focus Astronomy, to educate and inspire others on the wonders and mysteries of the universe;

Idea Museum, inspiring children of all ages in Mesa and the Phoenix metropolitan area through exhibitions and activities focused on discovering art, nurturing creative thinking and engaging families.

Edutech Expo: Education Track Reception at Phoenix Comicon


Edutech Expo: Education Track Reception is presented in partnership with Phoenix Comicon and Science & Education Track Programming by realtimeSTEAM.

Please join us for an opportunity to experience the rich technological and instructional resources available from Arizona’s innovative educational STEM community for teachers, educators, parents and the public.

101ABC, First Floor, West Building
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St, Phoenix
Thursday, May 25, 2017
7:30-9:30 PM

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Professional Development for Teachers at Phoenix Comicon

RealtimeSTEAM in partnership with Phoenix Comicon and the Arizona Department of Education-Career and Technical Education Department, offers up to 33 hours of programming that can be used toward teacher professional development certification.

Text reg to (602) 313-1470 to register for PD at Phoenix Comicon. At the end of each panel, and in the Hall of Heroes at the science booths, scan the QR code or text the ID # displayed to receive credit. Your certificate will be emailed after Comicon to the address you provided when you registered.

  • Check in at our Science and Education panels all weekend Thursday-Sunday on the first floor of the North Building, Rooms 131BC and 132A, Phoenix Convention Center;
  • Visit our science space in the Hall of Heroes on the third floor of the North Building from 4PM Thursday through 5 PM Sunday;
  • Attend the Edutech Expo: Education Track Reception, Thursday, May 25, 2018, 7:30 PM in the West Building, to earn your credits.

This professional development activity is sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education, Career and Technical Education Department for certificate renewal.

Super Hero Science Panels at Phoenix Comicon

Super Hero Science brings Phoenix Comicon attendees the insiders angle on the physics, biology and physiology of being more than human.

Super Friends: The Science of the Justice League              

The Justice League’s membership includes aliens, cyborgs, mythological royalty, and billionaire playboy philanthropists. By their powers combined, they are something even greater! In this panel, experts will discuss the JL and their powers.

Thursday May 25 11:30-1pm  

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