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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