What do you get when you pair the nation’s largest research university with a premier science center that welcomes more than half a million visitors each year? You get an opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date science discoveries through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, shows, demonstrations and much more.

Arizona Science Center and Arizona State University (ASU) are partnering to share dynamic science happenings at the university with the Arizona community, and to motivate and inspire K-12 students to pursue post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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What is health? 

Health includes the entire spectrum of physical and mental wellbeing. It involves nutrition, physical fitness, sleep, stress management, and the prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries. Many different types of scientists and professionals work to improve human health, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, biologists, bioengineers, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, dieticians, and others. Social scientists also look at how cultural differences and social inequalities affect people’s health.

What are some things you do every day to maintain your health?


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Did you KNOW?

The average person produces about a liter of saliva (spit) every day. Saliva helps you break down food and keep your mouth clean.

Your heart beats more than 100,000 times every day. Keep it running strong with regular exercise.


What is energy?

In physics, energy is defined as the ability to do work. Energy can produce heat and light, make things move, or cause living things to grow. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change between different forms. People regularly convert some types of energy into other types that are more useful to us. For example, a power plant turns the chemical energy in coal or other fossil fuels into electricity. Electricity is the form of energy we use to power our lights, refrigerators, computers and many other devices.

Unfortunately, many of our systems for converting energy do a lot of damage to the environment. Scientists and engineers are looking for new ways to generate energy that are clean but still affordable. In addition, we can find ways to improve the machines we use so they require less energy. For example, most cars today can go further on less gasoline than in the past. 

What are some ways you can reduce energy use in your home?

The ASU-Arizona Science Center partnership hosted a public event on the future of energy at the center’s IMAX Theater in January 2013.

The standing-room-only crowd of more than 330 people included representatives from renewable energy businesses and NGOs, students, researchers, and government agencies on local and state levels. Eve Troeh of American Public Media moderated a discussion between former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister; Dr. Mark Jacobson, a climate scientist at Stanford University; and environmental filmmaker Peter Byck.

earth and space exploration

What is Earth and space exploration? 

Earth and space exploration combines astronomy, planetary geology and engineering to explore our universe, including the planet we call home. Scientists use advanced technology to answer questions like: What’s inside the Earth? Is there water on Mars? How are stars born?

If you could get the answer to any question about the universe, what would it be?

Did you KNOW?

Scientists have found more than 450 planets outside of our solar system.

The sunny side of Mercury is 800 degrees Fahrenheit, but its dark side can plunge to -280 degrees.


What is sustainability?

Sustainability is about promoting human prosperity and well-being for all, while protecting and enhancing Earth’s life-support systems. In looking for sustainable solutions, researchers think about three broad areas: environment, economy and society. Each of these must be healthy and viable over time.

As we try to protect the environment, we must also ensure that people can earn a good living. Also, our sustainable solutions should not threaten cultural traditions or social institutions. Each solution involves trade-offs among environmental, economic and social needs and interests.

One important sustainability issue is food production. Can you think of some environmental, economic and social needs that must be balanced as we grow, transport and sell the food we eat?

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Did you KNOW?

Scientists have identified about 1.75 million different species on Earth. Every year, people discover about 18,000 more.

Each person needs to drink 2 to 4 liters of water a day, but it takes 2,000 to 5,000 liters of water to produce that person’s daily food.

learning science

What is learning science?

Learning science is the study of conditions and behaviors that influence learning, and innovations that can maximize it. Researchers studying learning science work with schools and teachers, but also with people and places that contribute to learning outside of schools—homes, libraries, museums, community centers, parks and more. And they look at learning throughout the lifespan, from birth through old age.

What is something you learned recently? Where were you when you learned it? Did you learn it from another person, a book, a computer, a hands-on experiment or some other way?

Did you KNOW?

Researchers have found that when parents play video games with their children, it can enhance family bonding, learning and well-being.


What is technology?

Technology takes knowledge and applies it in a practical way to solve a problem. Technology can be a tool, a machine, a technique or even a system of organization. Technology can be as complicated as a supercomputer or as simple as a wheel. It can even be something you can’t touch, such as a training method.

Can you think of three different types of technology you used today?

Did you KNOW?

The word “robot” was invented by the author Karel Capek in his 1920 play “Rossum’s Universal Robots.” In the play, people create robots to do their work, but the robots revolt.

There are 7.1 billion people in the world, and 6.8 billion cell phone subscriptions. The UN predicts that by the end of 2013, cell phone subscriptions will outnumber people.

interdisciplinary opportunities

What are interdisciplinary opportunities?

Most schools divide classes into subjects—or disciplines—like biology, history and mathematics. This is a practical way to teach different types of information. Traditionally, scientists have also divided up their work into separate disciplines. However, many of the greatest challenges facing humanity today are interdisciplinary. They require information from many different subject areas.

Our understanding of climate change, for instance, comes from the work of geologists, climatologists, oceanographers, biologists and others. Responding to climate change requires help from even more experts, such as social scientists, law and policy experts, and economists. When people from different backgrounds combine their knowledge and skills, we can solve much bigger problems than we could do separately.

What are some other issues people are facing today that could use an interdisciplinary approach?

Did you KNOW?

Because of man-made materials like pavement, many cities are hotter than the areas surrounding them. These “urban heat islands” affect our energy and water use and even our health.

contact us

Do you have questions about the partnership? Are you looking to get involved? We want to hear from you!  

Arizona State University

Kathryn Scheckel
Assistant Director, Special Projects

Knowledge Enterprise Development
300 East University Drive, Suite 310
Tempe, Arizona 85287
Phone: 602-565-1035 | 480-965-3015
E-mail: kathryn.scheckel@asu.edu

ASU Vision

To establish ASU as the model for a New American University, measured not by who we exclude, but rather by who we include and how they succeed; pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community.

Arizona Science Center

Sari Custer
Director of Educational Partnerships

600 East Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone: 602-716-2000 ext 257
E-mail: custers@azscience.org

Kelly Reynolds
Digital and Social Media Marketing Specialist

600 East Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone: 602-716-2000 ext 140
E-mail: reynoldsk@azscience.org

Science Center Mission Statement

To inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages about science.

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Arizona State University

Amelia Huggins
Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications
Phone: 480-965-1754

Arizona Science Center

Michele Meyer
Public Relations and Promotions Specialist
Phone: 602-716-2000 ext 132 
E-mail: meyerm@azscience.org