College football is starting soon! For 2015-16, the National Championship Game was held in Phoenix. Earlier this year I took a trip with my mom, dad and brother, Chase, to the Phoenix Convention Center to be a part of Playoff Fan Central. The Playoff Fan Central is a multi-day fan festival that gives lots of kids an opportunity to experience the College Football Playoff National Championship. There were bands, cheerleaders, interactive photo booths and sports games. My brother and I got to play at different games.

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Since Pokémon Go launched last month, it has taken kids and adults outside to explore their neighborhoods, meet new friends and get exercise. Students, parents, doctors, lawyers and even Bear Essential News are participating in Pokémon Go!

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Scholarships for teachers and students.

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The FIRST® LEGO® League Grant Program places a special emphasis on teams who have not yet participated in FIRST LEGO League competitions.

New teams can receive up to $500 to offset costs associated with FIRST LEGO League activities. Existing teams can receive up to $250 to offset costs associated with FIRST® LEGO® League activities.
There are no restrictions on how teams may use their grant funds. It can go toward covering the costs of challenge materials, travel expenses, team t-shirts, or anything else the team may need.

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CAP offers an Arizona-specific water education program including downloadable lesson plans for K–3, 4–6, middle and high school students that are standards-based (Common Core correlations provided). Lesson plans supported by mixed media tools like videos, posters and activity books! Visit www.cap-az.com/education or call 623-869-2135 for more information.

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We honor the invaluable work of teachers through a variety of programs. *Educators who join Project: Educate receive 20% off purchases. We also encourage the love of reading in our youngest customers through our Kids Club, 1317 and Read 10 programs. Bookmans offers store tours for classes and an Educator Appreciation Day. *Some restrictions apply. For a little fun check out our free family events all year long by visiting the events calendar at www.bookmans.com.

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AZCCRS (Common Core-based) Work Sheets: Fresh standards-based fun sheets for your classroom to use in conjunction with the current issue. Sign up for notifications of new Work Sheets online at BearEssentialNews.com.
Free Young Reporters Program: Students in grades 3–8 learn to report and sharpen their writing skills by having their news stories published in Bear! Sign-up Forms and details online.
Free Presentations: Five dynamic topics are available from a Bear editor. Three classrooms per visit minimum please (60–90 students).

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Explore · Innovate · Celebrate
The 2020 Sustainability Solutions Festival brings a diverse array of events for audiences of all ages to Explore · Innovate · Celebrate sustainability solutions. ASU’s rich sustainability expertise is shared with the public through hands-on activities featuring the latest in technology and research at SustainabilityFamily Weekend at Arizona Science Center and ASU Open Door events.

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The Arizona SciTech Festival is a multi-week, colorful showcase of more than 1,000 science, engineering, technology (STEM) and innovation events in over 50 Arizona cities featuring exhibits, hands-on activities, colorful shows, tours and discussions. The 2020 Festival takes place from February through March 2020.

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Arizona Project WET (APW) develops water stewardship and STEM literacy by providing teacher professional development focused on systems thinking , direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement. We offer professional development that evolves teachers’ instructional practice and water-related content mastery through STEM integration, student- directed learning, real-world and relevant application, and collaborative work.

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