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 SRO (Student Research Opportunity)

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. 

 The program is staffed by FGCU faculty and Graduate Student Assistants. The deadline for 2013  applications is January 18, 2013

For additional details contact Shirley Morrison at


FGCU Campus Nature Walks for Parkside Elementary School

On November 30, 2012 over 100 students from Parkside Elementary school visited campus.  The students were treated to a Nature Walk by campus naturalistscoordinated through Colloquim coordinator Sarah Davis. If you would like to schedule a campus tour and nature walk for your school, please contact the Admissions office at 590-7982 to schedule a campus visit.

GEMS - Girls in Engineering Math & Science

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.  For more information on dates for activities contact

Aquatic Systems / Mosquito Education

The Aquatic Systems / Mosquito Education program is a cooperative effort between the Whitaker Center, Lee County 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


STEM Institute Teacher Workshops

In cooperation with the Conservancy of SW FL, the Whitaker Center will be offering 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 will 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.  For more information contact