State Science Fair Participants and Winners

State Science Fair Participants and Winners

The school board recognized the state science fair participants and winners at the board meeting on May 26, 2015. STE@M related studies are alive and well in St. Lucie. Our students move from being creative to innovative as they explore their hypotheses and put them to the test.  The various fairs unite young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on a stage where community leaders and doctoral level scientists review and judge their work. 

After this year’s local science fair, 14 students moved on to the state science fair competition, and from there, three of our young innovators were invited to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this month in Pittsburg, PA. 

This culminating fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. More than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $5 million in prizes.

Peter Jones is a student at Olivet Private School.  His project, “Antimicrobials: the Cure for HLB (Greening Disease) in Citrus” focused on a topic of interest for the Treasure Coast and was part of the plant sciences category.

Haniya Shareef is a freshman at Lincoln Park Academy who also competed in the plant sciences category.  Shareef’s project was titled, “How can the efficacy of potential biological controls against Mikanla microntha be enhanced?”  Shareef was honored with third place in the Plant Sciences category and was awarded $1,000.   

Koushal Rao who is taking a class at Indian River State College and cannot be here this evening.  He is a junior at Lincoln Park Academy.   His project, “Effectiveness of Influenza VLP and SAR9 Vaccination,” competed in the Biochemistry category. Rao was awarded the prestigious Global Innovation Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The award is given to four exceptional projects that tackle topics coinciding with the four categories in development: alleviating hunger, climate change, energy, and global health. The award was accompanied by a $10,000 cash prize.

Here are the list of participants and winners:

Michael Gorbach, NPM, 4th Place Junior Medicine & Health

Callie Zheng and Yanin Lin, LPA, 3rd Place Junior Microbiology (TEAM); Special Award-Florida Agriculture in the Classroom

Shreya Reddy, LPA, Honorable Mention Junior Zoology; Special Award-FL Entomological Society & US Dept of Agriculture

Nicholas Stange, LPA, Special Award- Pinellas County Regional

Jack Krasulak and Joshua Navarro, SA, 2nd Place Junior Physics

Koushal Rao, LPA, 1st Place Senior Medicine & Health; Special Award- New College of FL Scholarship Nomination

Haniya Shareef, LPA, 3rd Place Senior Botany

Peter Jones, Olivet, 2nd Place Senior Botany; Special Award- FL Association for Food Protection

Geoffrey Zheng, LPA, 3rd Place Senior Botany; Special Award- Trescot Award

Haley Jezewski, Olivet, Senior Recognition Award Chemistry; Special award- Brevard Intercoastal Regional

Nathaniel Quirion, Olivet, 2nd Place Senior Medicine & Health

Kevin Duan, LPA, Senior Recognition Award Biochemistry; Special Award- Alachua Regional

Local state SkillsUSA medal winners recognized at school board meeting

Local state SkillsUSA medal winners recognized at school board meeting

Students who won medals at the recent Florida SkillsUSA 2012 State Championship were recognized at the May 22, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The following students were presented: from Treasure Coast High School, gold medals were earned in Crime Scene Investigation by Jessica Ferrer, Stephanie Gulloso, and Lucero Gutarra, and in Criminal Justice by Vanessa Pierre; from Fort Pierce Central High School, gold medals were earned in Community Service by Peletha Dahn, Sandra Luxama, and Nancy Luxama, in Preschool Teaching by Paola Mitchell, in Chapter Business Procedure by Sarah Brianvil, Guarnata Bourjoully, Aja Brown, Cheyenne Elms, Jessica Tolbert, and Nagarian Patterson. From Fort Pierce Central High School, silver medals in Medical Terminology were earned by Allison Smith, in
Entrepreneurship by Te’Aera Thompson, Schninieline Oelien, Mishda Eliassaint, and Gabrielle Lopez. From Fort Pierce Central High School, bronze medals for Crime Scene Investigation were earned by Imani Hall and Rebecca Blocker. Those students who achieved a gold medal in their technical or leadership event are invited to represent Florida in the upcoming National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, June 23-28, 2012.

States of Matter in Kindergarten at Mariposa Elementary

States of Matter in Kindergarten at Mariposa Elementary

Mrs. Wolff’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary is learning about the states of matter. Prince Boatswain and Olivia Thrasher were excited to see a cool transformation. The students measured, felt, smelled, observed and discussed the white grainy solid that was placed on their plates. They discussed how it could change shape. Then water was added to their teaspoon amount of grainy powder and “POOF” the powder transformed 100% in size forming snow. They not only discussed how and why this transformation took place but also how it cooled in temperature as well. The class was delighted to make snowballs in Florida.

Static electricity demonstrated by Palm Pointe fifth graders

Static electricity demonstrated by Palm Pointe fifth graders

Fifth grade twins Rachel and Carly Bentel at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition use balloons to demonstrate static electricity in a recent science experiment for their science club.  The club is sponsored by fifth grade teacher Michelle Powers. Students met once a week in the morning before school and did fun and educational experiments.

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STEAM Day at Floresta Elementary

STEAM Day at Floresta Elementary

Students at Floresta participated in STEAM Day. The students had to work in groups to use all recycled materials to build a car, and the wheels had to roll!

Students at Floresta working hard on their STEAM Project!

Students at Floresta working hard on their STEAM Project!

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Students working together as a group.

Students working together as a group.

STEAM Rap Battle Winners Recognized

STEAM Rap Battle Winners Recognized

STEAM Rap Battle high school and middle school winners received special recognition at the January School Board Meeting for their championship performances at the 4th Annual Rap Battle.
Fort Pierce Central High School and Allapattah Flats K-8 hold titles as this year’s top performers.
STEM and Arts Programs

STEM and Arts Programs

Looking for programs to stimulate STEM and Arts education?  Look no more!

St. Lucie Public Schools launches innovative programs this year at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies and Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie.

  • Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies is a STEM K-8 Magnet School featuring the latest technologies and learning through virtual and augmented reality, gaming and computer coding.
  • Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) is a K-8 Creative Arts Magnet School where students will thrive academically and artistically through participation in visual and graphic arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and musical theater.

For more information, visit:

https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/stem/

 

Stem Leaders

Stem Leaders

Florida Community Builds Pipeline Of Stem Leaders With Annual Science Competition

LAKELAND, Fla. (March 8, 2018)– Florida Foundation for Future Scientists (FFFS) continues their longstanding commitment to stimulating student, teacher and public interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the 63rd State Science Engineering Fair of Florida (SSEF) March 27-29 2018 in Lakeland, FL.

More than 900 aspiring engineers, scientists and mathematicians from across Florida will compete in the SSEF STEM Competition. Students have an opportunity to win $1.2 million in awards, prizes, scholarships and internships. The top senior projects will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering (ISEF) STEM Competition in Pittsburgh to represent SSEF. Florida is the single largest state present at the Intel ISEF with 93 finalists winning 23 place awards in 2017 – including 3 Best in Category and one Best in Fair Grand Prize Winner of $50,000.

“We are excited about entering the 63rd STEM competition season. Our goal is to recognize scientific talent in young people. They are making our planet more sustainable and livable. SSEF provides a unique opportunity to motivate students to learn. The students excitement to share their research proves that notion. ” says Nancy Besley, Exec. Dir. Florida Foundation for Future Scientists

The efforts to introduce more students to careers in STEM through SSEF cannot take place without the help of the community. This year, the SSEF STEM Competition is setting its sights on reaching more students and showing more businesses how their monetary donations have a positive impact on the growth of SSEF and the opportunities they provide to Florida students.

About State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida- STEM Competition

The SSEF– STEM Competition is the largest academic competition in the state of Florida and has touched the lives of many students, teachers, and adults since its inception in 1957. SSEF is a three-day display of science research project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineers in grades six through twelve.  More than 55,000 students are involved at local school and regional levels before being

 

https://ssefflorida.com/florida-community-builds-pipeline-stem-leaders-annual-science-competition/

Congratulations to St. Lucie County’s Participants:

 

 

 

STEM Studies

STEM Studies

The future is bright! Students in Mr. Fess’ Northstars STEM classes created laser security systems today as part of their Laser and Photonics unit. Students are learning about reflection, refraction and the use of lasers in fiberoptic cable as well as their application in multiple career fields.

STEM Takes Over in a Rivers Edge 5th Grade Class

STEM Takes Over in a Rivers Edge 5th Grade Class

Earning the highest scores in the county on the 5th Grade Science portion of the FCAT last year is not slowing down Rivers Edge from striving to continue their long tradition in the study of science. Recently, one of Rivers Edge Elementary’s 5th grade classes explored how sound energy can be transferred to different objects.

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STEMinar

STEMinar

SLPS teachers participated in STEMinar at FGMS on Saturday, June 7, 2014.  Conference sessions were devoted to all grade levels with a focus on Gearing Up with Interactive Notebooks!  Participants acquired best practices for advancing STEM instruction.

STE@Minar Conference Turns Up the Heat for Teaching and Learning

STE@Minar Conference Turns Up the Heat for Teaching and Learning

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — This year’s STE@Minar Conference, hosted by St. Lucie Pubic Schools (SLPS) featured a spotlight on science, technology, the arts, engineering, and mathematics education. Strategies, resources, academic plans, and collaborative discussions were among the choices of talent development sessions offered at this event.

With quality instruction as a core priority for the school district, the STE@Minar Conference provided professional educators with opportunities to turn up the heat on teaching and learning. In the same way that a single degree change takes water from hot at 211 degrees to boiling at 212 degrees, the infusion of varied and engaging instructional practices can motivate learners, inspire inquiry, and catapult results for students.

According to Joseph St. Rose, an Algebra instructor, this conference has afforded the opportunity to work with other experts in the field and glean professional practices and resources to help his students advance in the rigorous curriculum.  “I am looking forward to connecting with my colleagues to continue our work together beyond the conference.”

“Advancements in STE@M education are critically important to preparing students for the world of work and for successful collegiate experiences,” said Allison Barajas, co-coordinator for the event.  “In the same way that we create positive momentum in education by working together collaboratively and sharing ideas, we work with our business partners to create a more innovative conference each year.”  She went on to express her appreciation for the support of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Indian River State College, Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET), Laser-tec, and Wal-mart.

Teri Barenborg, co-coordinator, added “We are also extremely appreciative of area science and math agencies and vendors who provided information and donated door prizes.”  She noted, “A boom to this year’s conference was the decision to move the event to Indian River State College’s Kight and Brown Centers.   This shift enabled our teachers to partner with IRSC professors in providing the latest information about STE@M topics in unique conference sessions.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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STE@Minar Conference Turns Up the Heat for Teaching and Learning

STE@Minar Conference Turns Up the Heat for Teaching and Learning

This year’s STE@Minar Conference, hosted by St. Lucie Pubic Schools (SLPS) featured a spotlight on science, technology, the arts, engineering, and mathematics education. Strategies, resources, academic plans, and collaborative discussions were among the choices of talent development sessions offered at this event.

With quality instruction as a core priority for the school district, the STE@Minar Conference provided professional educators with opportunities to turn up the heat on teaching and learning. In the same way that a single degree change takes water from hot at 211 degrees to boiling at 212 degrees, the infusion of varied and engaging instructional practices can motivate learners, inspire inquiry, and catapult results for students.

According to Joseph St. Rose, an Algebra instructor, this conference has afforded the opportunity to work with other experts in the field and glean professional practices and resources to help his students advance in the rigorous curriculum.  “I am looking forward to connecting with my colleagues to continue our work together beyond the conference.”

“Advancements in STE@M education are critically important to preparing students for the world of work and for successful collegiate experiences,” said Allison Barajas, co-coordinator for the event.  “In the same way that we create positive momentum in education by working together collaboratively and sharing ideas, we work with our business partners to create a more innovative conference each year.”  She went on to express her appreciation for the support of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Indian River State College, Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET), Laser-tec, and Wal-mart.

Teri Barenborg, co-coordinator, added “We are also extremely appreciative of area science and math agencies and vendors who provided information and donated door prizes.”  She noted, “A boom to this year’s conference was the decision to move the event to Indian River State College’s Kight and Brown Centers.   This shift enabled our teachers to partner with IRSC professors in providing the latest information about STE@M topics in unique conference sessions.”

Step It Up

Step It Up

St. Lucie Public Schools is making progress toward the Billion Step Challenge.  Invite more friends to join your team!

Need some ideas on how to get those extra steps in?

Take a look at Stacy Jacobson Donnelly’s Triple W Wellness Newsletter each Wednesday.

From 5K runs to low impact exercise classes, there are tips to get everyone moving.

How about a 5K Run/1 mile Walk? *3rd Annual Treasure Coast Heroes 5k Run/1 mile Walk

Make your errands count! Park farther away from the front door.

Take an extra loop around the grocery store or market before you check out.

Take the stairs whenever possible.

Use your breaks for fitness!  Instead of sitting during your lunch hour, take to the road for a midday walk.

Make time for a brief walk every evening, even 10 minutes a day can really add up.

Take the longest route to your co-workers desk, the restroom, or the water fountain.

Schedule a walk like an appointment, this way you’re sure not to miss it!

 

 

 

 

Step It Up

Step Up to the Billion Steps Challenge

Join the Billion Steps Walking Challenge, a project of the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition.

Fly solo or form a team with your family, friends, work buddies, or neighbors. Don’t like walking? That’s okay – you can choose from over 100 different types of physical activities. Make this a personal commitment to your health and our community. Let’s rally together on this journey for the next year. Together we can reach the goal of one billion steps in 2018. Check out www.healthystlucie.walkertracker.com, or contact your Wellness Manager, Stacy Donnelly at stacy.donnelly@stlucieschools.org or 429-3974.

 

Steve Weagle Visits Northport K-8 for the “Wearing of the Green!”

Steve Weagle Visits Northport K-8 for the “Wearing of the Green!”

Oh what a lucky day it was at Northport K-8 School! The Chief Meteorologist for WPTV, Channel 5, Steve Weagle visited to not only give students an engaging lesson on weather forecasting, but he also participated in the Wearing of the Green in the media center. Northport first and second graders listened intently about the use of radar to find rain and learned about how rain buckets are used to measure the amount of precipitation. Steve showed the students an anemometer that measures wind speed and direction and what funnel clouds really look like. He reviewed the Saffir Simpson Scale, spoke about hurricane hunters, and showed students a small weather station. Steve told the students his favorite weather is hurricanes because they are so intense and he is awake for days studying and reporting the weather. Thank you for the awesome visit Steve!

Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) Program

Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) Program

SNAP®, which stands for Stop Now And Plan, is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral model that provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behavior issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills. The primary goal of SNAP is to help children to stop and think before they act, and keep them in school and out of trouble.

SNAP was developed by Child Development Institute, an accredited children’s mental health organization in Toronto, in 1985 as an intervention program.  Since then, the program has grown and evolved into an internationally recognized model for teaching troubled children and their parents how to effectively manage their emotions and “keep problems small.”

For more information on the program, please see the attached SNAP Brochure or contact:

Children’s Homes Society
Treasure Coast
772.460.9752