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We are currently preparing for the 2016 sessions.

More information will be posted as planning progresses. 


     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.

     Partnering with local businesses through Champions for Learning, the workshop also connects STEM learning to professional job skills.  Participants will also learning about grant opportunities available for their classrooms from their local Education Foundations.  Participants will also be able to share and sustain their workshop experience through the CPALMS curricula repository.Measuring Pond Water pH

     Registration will be available late January.

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

     The STEM Institute connects real-world environmental research with inquiry-based 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.

Please contact the Whitaker Center for more information.


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