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Registration is now open! Deadline for applications is March 25.


Submit an application for the STEM Institute.

Flyer for more information on the STEM Institute.


     At the STEM Institute Summer Workshop for K-12 educators (SISWK-12), participants will be immersed in the research-based practice of writing and facilitating engaging inquiry-based STEM activities focusing on the SW Florida environment.  Inquiry-based pedagogies have been shown to improve student engagement, comprehension, and retention. The workshop infuses technology into the week by integrating probeware (Vernier Labquest 2), coding basics, and Little Bits circuitry into classroom and field instruction.  FGCU faculty from the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences bring a balance of expertise to you during the workshop week.

     The STEM Institute teacher workshops are developed through collaboration between the Conservancy of Southwest Florida education staff, Whitaker Center FGCU faculty associates, and Lehigh Elementary STEM faculty.

     The STEM Institute connects real-world environmental research with evidence-based, hands-on instruction.

     Whitaker Center for STEM Education at FGCU takes a systemic approach to enhancing and reforming STEM education by providing professional development opportunities for K-12 educators, conducting research in STEM teaching and learning, developing innovative curricula, resources, and materials, developing and supporting programs for students, and building strong community partnerships.



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