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
Congratulations to St. Lucie County’s Participants:
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.
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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 working together as a group.
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.
Julianna Garcia demonstrates electric force from static electricity with a Van de Graaff generator (not shown) in Mr. Kearney’s 6th grade science class.
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.
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.
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
St Lucie Public Schools middle and high school students attended the opening ceremony of the State of Florida Science and Engineering Fair-STEM Competition in Lakeland, FL on March 28, 2019. We are so proud of you all!
St. Lucie’s students are making an impact at the State Science Fair in Lakeland. Congratulations to our innovators!!
Seventh grade civics students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition invited Representative Larry Lee to speak with them in relation to this year’s Project Citizen class project. Students have selected public policy problems in the community to research, brainstorm alternative policies, design or modify a public policy solution and implement a plan of action. Mr. Lee spoke with students about his experience as a representative of the people and discussed the process of passing state laws.
State Rep. Larry Lee Jr. from District 84 took time out of his busy schedule to speak to Mr. Seabury’s Civics class at Lincoln Park Academy on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.
State Rep. Lee shared his personal story with the students from the time he graduated high school until he was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently running for re-election. He went on to discuss how bills are introduced in the Florida legislature and how bills become laws, and provided the students with examples of the bills he himself introduced related to the Indian River Lagoon, Literacy in Florida’s school system and his proposal of another Literacy bill if re-elected.
State Rep. Lee also shared his experience as an insurance agent and explained to the class about basic auto insurance and how policies are written. He answered students’ questions and had them complete an individual path to success.
We thank State Rep. Lee for taking time to visit with the students at Lincoln Park Academy.
State Rep. Larry Lee Jr. shared stories of his educational challenges and successes with our 6th – 8th grade reading classes. The motivational speech pointed out the positive impact reading made in his life. He encouraged the students to increase their reading scores and reading time.
This challenge is to get our students to work harder as well as to feel more confident and enthusiastic about reading.
On Friday, October 20, 2017, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivational speaker and State Representative Larry Lee, Jr. as a guest of the Speakers Bureau. State Rep. Lee was introduced by Dr. Donna Mills who began the Speakers Bureau four years ago. Rep. Lee has a passion for reaching young people with a message about “Choosing Success!”
Rep. Lee shared some real life struggles from elementary school on up through high school. He admitted that he did not always make good choices along the way but always had people in his life who encouraged him to strive for better things, and he listened because of the respect that he had for them. This led Rep. Lee to an avenue of playing football, being on the FPC undefeated football team, and obtaining a football scholarship to attend college! This is when attending college truly became a reality to Rep. Lee. A reality that was not on his radar during the early years of his life.
As Rep. Lee continued to share, he captured the group’s attention, especially when he spoke about how he signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos in 1976. He spoke about how he was released during the pre-season and did not make the final cut. Rep. Lee’s story to young men who are aspiring to play professional football is to always have a back-up plan and he explained that the NFL has another meaning and that is ‘Not For Long.’ That’s why you need to get a good education so that you will be “SFL” which means Set For Life! He spoke about his pathway from teaching school to where he is today and explained to the group that he has accomplished many things in life by making plans. He offered crucial advice to the group about planning for success.
Rep. Lee explained that if you want to be successful – hang with success people! He explained that association brings about assimilation so be smart enough to know how to surround yourself with smart people! Rep. Lee then directed the students’ attention to a “T” model with “Dos” on the left and “Don’ts” on the right and encouraged them to use this model as a guide to govern their daily actions and to evaluate the things that they can do to improve their daily lives, their grades, and their actions.
Rep. Lee concluded with encouraging the students to maintain good grade point averages, good behavior, to dress for success, and above all, encourage each other along the way! Rep. Lee has high expectations for this “APF-Upward Mobility Group” and will be checking in on their SUCCESS!
Students in Chef Maureen Greenberg’s culinary arts program at Fort Pierce Westwood High School were the stars of the day when officials from the Florida Department of Education recently visited the school. The students prepared the meals in the culinary kitchen and served the guests in Panther Pub and Panther Lane Bistro. Pictured in the kitchen, from left, are Jamal Laing, Sunny Trattles, Chef Greenberg, Blanca Morales, and Edline Dor.
St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent shares very important information regarding the state of the schools to members of our community. This Chamber of Commerce event was hosted by West Gate K-8 School on March 18, 2019. Click the link below to view the video. #4ourkids
Ajah English, 12th grader at Lincoln Park Academy, is the recipient of the ” State of the Jobs” Scholarship in the amount of $800. She is the only recipient from the district. The scholarship was presented by Leslie Haviland, Director of Student Services, Keiser University; Brian Bauer, Career Source; Pete Tesch, St. Lucie Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County; and Tonya Woodworth, Career Source.