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K-12 Education Support

 
 

The Center provides progamming to public and private K-12 schools in their efforts to bring forth reform related to science, mathematics, and technology (STEM) education. 

Current programming includes the following:

FGCU High School Solar Go-Kart Challenge

 

FGCU Solar Powered Go-Kart

 

The 2015 event is scheduled for Saturday, March 21.

More information will be available soon! 

 

 


Aquatic Systems and Mosquito Control (Grades K, 5th, 7th, and High School)

The Aquatic Systems / Mosquito Education program is a cooperative effort between the Whitaker Center, Lee Students with MosquitoesCounty Mosquito Control District, and the Lee County School District. It provided STEM outreach to over 500 classes in the school district reaching over 12,000 students. Programs are conducted in collaboration with classroom teachers and are designed for students in kindergarten, 5th grade, 7th grade, and high school chemistry and biology classes. These environmental science programs support Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in a variety of areas. Films, readings, slide programs, discussions, art activities and lab experiences are utilized to teach the objectives of each unit. For more information or to schedule a visit, see mosquitoed.com.

Contact: Neil Wilkinson (nwilkins@fgcu.edu)

 

Forensic Anthropology Outreach

Contact: Heather Walsh-Haney (hwalsh@fgcu.edu)

 

Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS)GEMS participant in the lab

This program provides hands-on experiences with science & engineering professionals in an exploration of the wonders of science. GEMS is supported by the Florida Space Grant Consortium. Please contact GEMS at the email listed below.

Contact: GEMS@fgcu.edu

 

Imaginarium Hosts Engineering is Elementary Workshops

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Contact: Anji McStravic (amcstravic@cityftmyers.com)

 

Mathletes Summer Camp 

Contact: The Mathletes Team (mathletes@fgcu.edu)

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Nature Walks on the FGCU Campus

The Whitaker Center can coordinate nature walks through campus with an FGCU naturalist for school groups interested in visiting the campus.  Contact our office to arrange a visit to hike campus trails, tour the Food Forest, and slough slog the swamps!

Contact: The Whitaker Center (whitakercenter@fgcu.edu)



STEM Institute

Registration is closed for the 2014 sessions. 
Summer STEM Institute Participants in the Lab
In cooperation with the Conservancy of SW FL, the Whitaker Center offers week-long Summer Teacher workshop sessions for K-12 faculty centered on empowering teachers to develop inquiry-based pedagogy that works for their classroom. These workshops facilitate the integration of STEM disciplines within the conservancy themes and offer teachers hands on experience integrating technology and the great outdoors into their activities. Information for teachers will be available Spring 2014 for this opportunity.

Contact: The Whitaker Center (whitakercenter@fgcu.edu)

 

Summer Research Opportunity (SRO)
SRO Student with bones
For over a decade, the Whitaker Center for STEM Education has sponsored a two week event for middle school students interested in STEM. These students must has participated in the Thomas Alva Edision Regional Science Fair. They must prepare an application and are chosen to participate in a Summer Research Opportunity at Florida Gulf Coast University offering them a hands-on experience of collaboration on a complete and genuine research problem from hypothesis generation and initial design, through field and laboratory data collection, and culminating in data analysis and interpretation. 

Contact: The Whitaker Center (whitakercenter@fgcu.edu)

 

12th Annual Math Competition (Monday, December 15, 2014)

Contact: http://www.fgcu.edu/events/mathcompetition/STEM/index.html

 

4th Annual STEM Competition (TBA)

Contact: http://www.fgcu.edu/events/mathcompetition/STEM/index.html