Family STEM Fair

Join us for an interactive STEM-focused event for the whole family.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 1:30-5:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center
South Building, Rooms 160-167
33 S. Third Street, Phoenix, 85004

Workshops on STEM-related topics
Hands-on STEM activities for kids to do with their parents
Special STEM project classes for teens ages 12-18 (extra fee)

We have a fun STEM-focused afternoon planned for families. Bring your kids and come out to the Phoenix Convention Center, South Building for some interactive and educational fun. Geared for children ages 5 and older, teens, and parents. 

NOTE: This is a stand-alone pre-convention event. Registration for the Family STEM Fair is separate from the AFHE Homeschool Convention. Open to all. Invite your friends!

Hands-On STEM Activities Room

Room 160-162  |  1:30-5:00 PM  |  Included with STEM Fair admission fee

  • Self-guided STEM activities for kids and teens to do with their parents
  • STEM demonstrations you can watch and interact with


Rooms 164, 165, and 166-167  | Included with STEM Fair admission fee
1:30-2:30  |  2:45-3:45 PM  |  4:00-5:00 PM

The schedule is being finalized and workshop details are coming soon. Check back for the completed workshop schedule. See workshop descriptions below.

Teen Project Classes

1:30-3:00 PM  |  Build Your Own Robot  |  $36 per student  |  Max: 40 students  
3:30-5:00 PM  |  Introduction to Dissection |  $24 per student  |  Max: 60 students  

We are offering two very exciting hands-on classes for teens as an add-on to your family registration for the STEM Fair. There is an additional fee for each of these classes to cover supplies. Choose one or both! Parent and teen registration for the STEM Fair is required for a teen to participate in either of these classes.  See class descriptions below. 

Sponsors and Vendors

A variety of sponsors and vendors will have tables in the Family STEM Fair hallway with information about their STEM-related products and services. Be sure to stop by and visit the sponsor and vendor tables to learn more about STEM opportunities. 


Special Thanks to Our
STEM Fair Sponsor


We are pleased to present a variety of STEM-related workshops that parents, teens, and children can enjoy together. 

See descriptions in the toggles below.

1:30 - 2:30 PM | Room 164 | How STEM Competitions Changed My Life

How STEM Competitions Changed My Life

Taught by Kathryn Graunke and Mary Ann Ekstrom 
STEM Opportunities for Arizona Homeschooler

STEM competitions are a great opportunity to learn much more than science and math. Explore how project-based competitions will develop soft skills such as creative thinking, teamwork, and public speaking. Hear stories of homeschooled kids who found their God-given talents through competitions—many who did not pursue traditional STEM paths. Kathryn and Mary Ann hope to inspire parents with both younger and older students to use the flexibility of homeschooling to maximize these fun and educational experiences.

1:30 - 2:30 PM | Room 165 | Why You Should Teach Your Child to Code

Why You Should Teach Your Child to Code

Taught by Michael Bailey

Programming and computer science have become essential skills for today’s students. It is required for graduation in some districts. Come learn why you should teach computer science to your student and learn about resources available to help you do it

1:30 - 2:30 PM | Room 166-167 | Live Animal Demonstration: Creatures of the Land & Sea

Live Animal Demonstration: Creatures of the Land & Sea

Taught by Dean Frias, SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

Have you ever wondered what a snake, tortoise, and a shark have in common? Dive into the amazing world of SEA LIFE and the creatures which call our aquarium home! In this live animal demonstration, discover the amazing adaptations life has taken to thrive both in our oceans and here in the desert! Discover the incredible bite of a shark, the camouflage of an octopus, and the survival instincts of various desert creatures; all while learning how to take steps to protect these amazing animals for future generations!

2:45 - 3:45 PM | Room 164 | College Panel: STEM Careers

College Panel: STEM Careers

Moderator: Sheri Orr

Do you have a child who may be interested in a STEM career? A panel of college representatives will share information about STEM career options, tips for preparing your child for a post-secondary STEM education, what trends they are seeing in STEM education and STEM careers, and there’ll be a Q&A time, too. 

Panelists include representatives from the following schools:

  • Dr. Mark Sensmeier, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Olivia Fallen, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Jill Gerloff, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Phoenix College
  • Katie Mehin, West-MEC
2:45 - 3:45 PM | Room 165 | How to Get Your Family Excited about Science

How to Get Your Family Excited about Science

Taught by Sharon Fisher, BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept

Are you having trouble getting your child excited about science? Are you having trouble getting excited about science yourself? Get new vision and methods for teaching science with a biblical worldview in this workshop. Parents and kids, get ready to have some fun!

4:00 - 5:00 PM | Room 164 | Robotics: The Sport for Kids of All Types

Robotics: The Exciting Sport for All Kinds of Kids

Taught by Jenn Wada and Kathryn Graunke
STEM Opportunities for Arizona Homeschoolers 

Think robotics is only for kids who like to build and program? Think again! Communication skills, project management, research, creative arts, problem-solving, and teamwork are just some of the skills that kids will learn in this inclusive sport. Covering options for K-12, Kathryn and Jenn will introduce you to the many different roles and positive experiences that can be found in the wonderful world of robotics.

4:00-5:00 PM | Room 165 | STEM Ready: Problem Solving with Purpose

STEM Ready: Problem Solving with Purpose

Taught by Marni Landry, Grand Canyon University

Participants will experience an engaging lesson that will allow them to see the incorporation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math working together to solve a problem with a purpose. This session will include the integration of STEM instruction, emphasizing data collection, analysis, mathematical strategies, and global awareness.

4:00-5:00 PM | Room 166-167 | Dinosaurs and the Bible

Dinosaurs and the Bible

Taught by Patrick Nurre, Northwest Treasures

In the science world, dinosaurs and the Bible are like oil and water. They simply do not mix. If we are to believe the Bible, the Earth is just not old enough to accommodate when scientists say that dinosaurs lived. Many people are bothered by all the perplexing questions that come up when talking about the Bible and dinosaurs. Where do they fit? Why aren’t they mentioned in Genesis if they were created at the same time as man? Many of the dinosaurs were huge. How could they fit on the ark? Patrick will take you through some of these challenging questions about dinosaurs and how the Bible explains them. He will also have some great fossils for you to look at. This will be a great time for the whole family!

Build Your Own Robot

AGES: 12-18  |  COST: $36  |  MAX: 40 Students
Thursday, July 18, 2019  |  1:30-3:00 PM  |  Room 163

Learn how to build your own robot capable of autonomously avoiding obstacles. Students will receive a kit containing all of the parts needed to construct a small robot based around a programmable Arduino-compatible controller. The class will cover how to construct, wire, and test the robot and provide students with resources to help them get started programming their robot to do other things. At the end of the class, students can take their robots home with them.

Taught by Cole & Jude Brauer, Make-a-Pede


Introduction to Dissection

AGES: 12-18  |  COST: $24  |  MAX: 60 Students
Thursday, July 18, 2019  |  3:30-5:00 PM  |  Room 163

This introductory learning opportunity is designed for students ages 12-18 who have little or no experience dissecting specimens with real dissection tools. Students will have their own classroom tools and specimens to use and return at the end of the class. Dissections will include basic introduction skills on a mystery specimen, flowers, and sheep eyes. All supplies are included.

Taught by Karen Borg, Covenant Home School Resource Center 


Register for the Family STEM Fair

Sign your family up for this educational, and interactive afternoon of STEM-related activities. 

NOTE: Teens who wish to register for one or both of the hands-on project classes must be registered for the Family STEM Fair with a parent or guardian. Space is limited for these fun and engaging classes for 12-18 year olds. 


Help us plan for supplies by registering online by July 3. Registration will also be accepted at the door. 




Primary adult registrant required for each family




Free admission for husband or wife of primary adult registrant




Admission fee for child ages 3-11 attending with parent/guardian




Admission fee for teen ages 12-18 registered with parent/guardian













Primary adult registrant
required for each family

Free admission for 
husband or wife of
primary adult registrant

Admission fee for child
ages 3-11 attending
with parent/guardian

Admission fee for teen
ages 12-18 registered
with parent/guardian

AFHE invites STEM-related businesses, local family venues, and colleges to participate in the Family STEM Fair in one of several ways:

  • Provide a hands-on activity or demonstration for families to enjoy in our Hands-On STEM Activities room
  • Have an exhibitor table in the hallway
  • Advertise in the Family STEM Fair welcome bags

Please review the details in the information packet linked below and then complete the application. 


Don't Miss Out on the 2019 AFHE Convention!

Do you need a boost of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement for the homeschool adventure? You won’t want to miss this year’s AFHE Convention! With close to 5,000 in attendance, it is the largest gathering of homeschoolers in our state each year. There’s nothing quite as energizing as being together with thousands of other parents who are on the same journey with their families that you are.