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Whitaker Center

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 2016 event will be held on Saturday, April 2.

Click here to watch a video from this year's event!



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

Contact: Neil Wilkinson (


Forensic Anthropology Outreach

Contact: Heather Walsh-Haney (


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.



Imaginarium Hosts Engineering is Elementary Workshops

Contact: Anji McStravic (


Mathletes Summer Camp 

Contact: The Mathletes Team (


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 (

STEM Institute

Click here to apply for the 2015 sessions now!
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. 

Contact: The Whitaker Center (


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 (


13th Annual Math Competition (Monday, December 14, 2015)

Contact: Rob Nichols or Jerry Ellis


5th Annual STEM Competition (March 7, 2016)

Contact: Rob Nichols