2020 marked Tynkertopia Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Alice Christie’s 54th year as an educator. She taught in the K-12 arena for 20+ years, was a professor of education at Arizona State University for 20+ years and spent 9 years traveling to 37 states to provide STEM education workshops to over 5000 PK-12 teachers. In 2017, she founded and self-funded Tynkertopia, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Flagstaff.

Dr. Christie received her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy and Educational Technology in 1995. She served first as assistant professor, then as associate professor at Arizona State University. She retired in 2008 as ASU President’s Professor Emerita. This designation is one of Arizona State University’s most prestigious faculty honors. It is designed to reward enthusiasm and innovation in teaching, the ability to inspire original and creative work by students, mastery of subject matter and scholarly contributions. Only 36 professors at ASU hold this title.


Dr. Alice Christie Nominated for 2020 Viola Award

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Dr. Christie was a 2020 Viola Awards Finalist for Excellence in Education. Dr. Christie has been an innovator in the use of technology to expand and deepen learning. Her educational website (www.alicechristie.org) annually receives over 2 million visitors who wish to use her myriad of resources about using technology to enhance their teaching and learning.

Dr. Christie is recognized globally as an educational leader and innovator. She is a Google Certified Educator and Google Certified Innovator. She received a number of ASU Awards including the Award for Teaching Excellence, the Award for Service Excellence, and the Outstanding Commitment to Students Award. In the spring of 2019, Alice was named Flagstaff STEAM Community Leader, an award given annually by STEM City in recognition of leadership to the Flagstaff community in Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts, and Mathematics. Read more…


SCI Talk Presentation

The Flagstaff Festival of Science SCI Talk by Dr. Alice Christie:


Dr. Alice Christie Named Flagstaff STEM Community Leader of the Year

The Flagstaff STEM Awards (aka the STEMmy’s) is an annual award given out to organizations and people who are STEAM leaders in our community. Dr. Christie received this recognition in the 2018-2019 award season.

Read about the STEM Award HERE.

STEM City was born out of a shared community vision to recognize, celebrate and expand the tremendous human and capital assets in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that exist in Flagstaff. They connect the vibrancy of Flagstaff’s STEM businesses, organizations and resources to Flagstaff’s schools, students, and families to strengthen education, the economy, and the environment. They employ their passion for STEM to empower and create real, meaningful impact for all the citizens of Flagstaff.


Tynkertopia Celebrates First Year

Posted August 6, 2019 by Kaitlin Olson
“While other organizations have come and gone in the last year, Tynkertopia, the nonprofit community STEM/STEAM center at 2152 N. Fourth St., is celebrating its birthday today.

“During its first year, it had more than 6,000 visits from children and families…” Read the full Celebrates First Year article HERE.