Happy New Year from the Bear Essential News Crew!


Such big news for 2021!


Due to ongoing coronavirus issues, Bear Essential News continues its monthly distribution through the home delivery of the Sunday editions of the Arizona Republic in the Valley and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Arizona SciTech Festival (which launches later this month) and ASU’s Sustainability Solutions Service.


Bear’s January issue presents the SciTech Festival Pull-out Section that celebrates the phenomenal festival’s 10th anniversary and the first birthday of Nova, the festival’s super inquisitive mascot. The statewide festival goes virtual this year from Jan. 30 through Feb. 28 with some 3,000 STEM-related events and more than 86 rockin’ good Signature Events, so there’s something for all ages! Bear’s Signature Event is a Young Reporter Science Night during Rodeo Break focusing on our desert wildlife, corridors and the technology to document them.

For a full listing of these hot happenings, go to https://scitechinstitute.org/festival/

Bear Essential News is also working with the ASU Rob & Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service for its festival happening virtually through the month of February. This year’s theme is “Together.”


The Service also offers teachers who have participated in its Teachers’ Academy Workshops in 2019 or 2020 eligibility for additional stipends for completing a sustainability project at their school or school district: https://sustainability.asu.edu/sustainabilitysolutions/programs/teachers...


The January standards-based Classroom Worksheets are posted online and augment this issue. Please forward this email to your teaching teammates, and they can sign up for these notifications online at BearEssentialNews.com.


Be sure to encourage your students, grades 2–8, to join our free Young Reporters Program! Click here for the printable Sign-Up Form.

The Young Reporter Zoom Night is this Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30–6 p.m. This time around, Young Reporters will learn about some cool sustainability efforts and other conservation goings on.


Next month’s Bear Essential News will feature the Sustainability Solutions Festival with activities about ways we can achieve great things “Together.”

Have a healthy and happy 2021,

Stephen B Gin

Bear Essential Educational Services