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Office of Community Outreach
Howard Hall, Suite 217
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565 

Office Hours:
Monday: Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (239) 590-1258
Fax: (239) 590-1272

FGCU/NAACP STEM Summer Camp 2014


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 "It was fun, educational, and overall a great experience everyone should have."-Jasmin Jaimes
"It was such an opportunity.  The STEM camp opened my eyes to different kinds of occupations I would never
have considered before."
-Ruth Henry

Program Highlights

SAT/ACT Test Scores

  • Outcomes
    • Thirty-five percent, and twenty-three percent, of the students increased their scores on the math SAT and ACT practice tests respectively;
    • The highest increase, forty-three percent, was noticed at the 10th grade level for the SAT test and twenty-seven percent at the 11th grade level.
  • Student Perspective
    • Eighty-four percent felt that the program improved their math skills;
    • Ninety-four percent felt that the program improved their test taking strategies;
    • Eighty-one percent of the students showed interest in STEM related fields for their future careers.
  • The students built solor energy miniature cars, competed in groups on solor Go-Karts, and presented their final projects in a poster presentation format.
  • Four students received paid internships by the end of the camp.
  • Participants learned the importance of college planning in relation to career choices.
  • Participants were introduced to opportunities in STEM fields.
  • Students learned how to apply math in experiments and research to STEM projects.
  • Students were exposed to real life experiences and learned from world-class experts.
  • All camp participants attended field trips to Algenol, Covanta, and NASA.


Camp Mission

Our mission is to improve our students' future outlook by increasing their exposure to opportunities in STEM careers, and improving their math skills.


Camp Objectives

  • Improve students' skills in mathematics,
  • Expose students to real-world math and its application in related career fields;
  • Increase the students' awareness of STEM fields;
  • Expose students to processes that will increase their likelihood of being accepted into college;
  • Expose students to practicing professionals in STEM fields;
  • Create internship opportunities for camp participants.



  • Research shows that fewer students, particularly miniority and low-income students, enter and persist in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in the United States than in other programs.  A major stumbling block has been low math scores.
  • To address this concern, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in partnership with the Collier County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is seeking funding for a two-week on-campus STEM Program.  In Southwest Florida, miniority and low-income students lack an awareness of STEM as a viable career option.


Program Overview

We successfully completed our first STEM summer camp held June 8-20, 2014.  In order to achieve the objectives presented above, a committee of individuals from various backgrounds including academia, business and community outreach was formed.  We designed a curriculum emphasizing math education, practical applications in math and hands-on STEM related projects.  We also provided exposure to professionals in STEM related careers.

The program was extremely well received by the faculty and adminstration at FGCU, STEM professionals associated with the program and various organizations dedicated to making a difference in the education of our students.



Forty students from various demographic and ethnic backgrounds participated in the 2014 program.  Seventy-five percent of the camp participants were from under-represented groups (Black or Hispanic descent).  Additional information about the students' background and qualifications is summarized here:

  • Average GPA 3.83;
  • Twenty males and eighteen females;
  • Twenty-three percent were 9th graders, twenty-eight percent were 10th graders, and fifty percent were 11th graders;
  • The students came from ten different high schools from both Lee and Collier Counties.

Click this link to read ABC-7 cover of the STEM camp internship to Algenol.

Click here to watch a 5 minute video highlighting the camp.