The Professional Devlopment Programming Track at Phoenix Comicon, June 2-5, 2016, Phoenix Convention Center, provides an opportunity for teachers to learn about current research topics, trends, ideas and technologies being developed by Arizona-based, up-and-coming researchers, scientist and engineers. K-12 teachers receive credits for each panel they attend where the Arizona Department of Education has certified the content.
Panels and interactive activities feature Ph.D. STEM research professionals as well as engineers and technologists. With the Every Student Succeeds Act requiring that science assessments be administered once in elementary, middle, and high school, and that schools provide professionaldevelopment in the area of parent and family engagement including collaborating with entities with a record of success in improving and increasing parent and family engagement, Phoenix Comicon Professional Devlopment Programming provides a unique opportunity for teachers to align with current topics in science, industry and engineering with popular culture.
Professional Devlopment Programming also provides access to personalized learning experiences supported by technology and professional development for the effective use of data and technology via the opportunity to interact, ask questions of and develop follow-up with contemporary researchers and innovative engineers.
Highlights from the Science Programming Track eligible for Professional Development include:
SCI-FARI: TALES FROM THE FIELD (THURSDAY, 4:30PM – 5:30PM), North 227BC
Although laboratories are important, scientists often have to travel to their subjects to study them. In this panel, researchers will discuss the exotic and remote places they’ve traveled and their adventures there.
EYE IN THE SKY: THE SCIENCE OF DRONES (THURSDAY, 7:30PM – 8:30PM), North 227BC
In 1849, Austria bombed the city of Venice with over 100 pilotless balloons. Since then, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have advanced dramatically, and now include both military and hobbyist devices. In this panel, experts will discuss the science behind drones and where the technology is heading.
X-MEN, MUTATIONS, AND YOU (FRIDAY, 1:30PM – 2:30PM), North 227BC
In the X-Men universe, humans carrying the X-Gene can gain super powers including Telepathy, Super Healing, and Super Senses. In this panel, scientists will discuss where mutations come from, and whether they can ever give us beneficial powers.
BETTER FED THAN DEAD: HOW TO SURVIVE AFTER AN APOCALYPSE
(FRIDAY, 7:30PM – 8:30PM), North 227BC
Your guide to basic survival needs in a post-apocalyptic world.
SCIENCE OF IRON MAN: THE REAL TONY STARK (SATURDAY, 3:00PM – 4:00PM), North 227BC
Tony Stark built the first Iron Man suit in a cave with a box of scraps. He’s also created new elements, coded sentient artificial intelligence, and mastered flight. In this panel, engineers will talk about their work and the feasibility of Iron Man’s achievements.
REAL MEN AND WOMEN IN BLACK (SATURDAY, 7:30PM – 8:30PM), North 227BC
Join the FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security, and Postal Inspection Service to hear how they use science to fight crime and protect vital infrastructure, and what they think of their TV and film counterparts.
A TRICORDER DARKLY: FUTURE MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS (SUNDAY, 12:00PM – 1:00PM), North 227BC
In Star Trek, the Tricorder is a versatile device that allows high resolution scanning and analysis of patients to quickly diagnose disease. In this panel, scientists will discuss projects that are attempting to turn this science fiction into science fact.