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Welcome to the Whitaker Center


The Whitaker Center for STEM Education, [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from Florida Gulf Coast University who are committed to improving the delivery and content of STEM across all levels. Our efforts support university faculty, graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, K-12 educators, and community organizations interested in the advancement of STEM education for the benefit of society. The Center also fosters the scholarship of STEM education and supports efforts that advance pedagogy – scholarship shared with a nationwide audience through educational research, publication, and presentation at national conferences.


 Solar Go-Karts line up for the start of the 2015 FGCU High School Solar Go-Kart Challenge



Center Director, Laura Frost, at the elementary school start line



Find our more about the STEM Tour events 

PNAS publishes the largest most comprehensive meta-analysis of undergraduate STEM Education shows active learning methods are preferred.

Increasing Persistance of College Students in STEM

Read a recent article in Science by Dr. Mark Graham, one of our past STEMinar speakers, about how evidence-based frameworks serve to increase persistance of STEM majors at the college level. For PDF click here.


Contact the Whitaker Center:
Kendra Carboneau Assistant to the Director Office: Whitaker Hall 225 Phone: (239) 590-7444

Laura Frost, Ph.D., Director Professor of Chemistry (CV) Office : Whitaker Hall 223 Phone: 239 590-1434

Upcoming Events

Whitaker Center Spring 2015

Save the Dates!

Next STEMinars

Monday, April 20 SPECIAL TIME. EH112 2PM

Jaymie Matthews, University of British Columbia

"A transformer in orbit: A decade of explanet science with the MOST satellite"

Thursday April 23, EH112 4PM

Chris DiMattina, FGCU

"Analyzing neural codes using psychophysical experiments"


Whitaker Center STEM Education Speaker

Monday, May 18, EH112, 4PM

Dr. Wayne McCormack, University of Florida

" Introduction to Team-Based Learning"

Open to the public!






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