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1 Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Patrick L. McDaniel, Executive Director

2 FloridaLearns STEM Scholars What is FloridaLearns STEM Scholars? Three-year grant funded through the Florida Department of Education Race to the Top Award Who will be served? Gifted and talented students in the PAEC, Heartland, and North East Florida Educational Consortia districts 9 th and 10 th graders this year and in subsequent years, incoming 9 th graders will be added. Why the focus on gifted and talented? Although learning gains are being made by lowest performing students, data indicates our top-performing students have shown little or no gains.

3 STEM What is STEM? An integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM programs are typically classified based on four occupational clusters: Computer technology Mathematical sciences Engineering and surveying Natural, physical, and life sciences o o Career and Technical Education programs an integral part and may lead to industry certifications in STEM-related fields

4 STEM Programs STEM programs should aim to include the following features: Students actively engaging in situations to find solutions through problem- solving, discovery, and exploratory learning. o o Problem-based learning is key Nature of technology, engineering design, systems thinking, maintenance and troubleshooting are incorporated into the science and mathematics curricula. Innovative instruction that affords students opportunities to explore subjects at greater level of depth by applying skills they’ve learned.

5 STEM Programs Use of technology to provide creative and innovative ways to solve problems and apply learning. Students complete independent and collaborative research projects. Collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills are threaded throughout the curricula. Businesses, industries, and research organization leaders mentor students.

6 Why STEM? Current education system doesn’t produce enough STEM- capable students to keep up with demand in traditional STEM occupations and other economic sectors that demand similar competencies. o o According to prominent economists, no other investment generates a greater long-term benefit to the economy than scientific research and development. Advances in science and engineering are critical to ensure America’s: o o Economic growth o o Job creation o o Quality of life o o National Security

7 Why STEM? “Too few Florida students are learning enough 21 st century skills in STEM with sufficient rigor and hands-on experience to handle the key jobs businesses are clamoring to fill.” (Trigaux, R., St. Petersburg Times, October 7, 2011) When student participants graduate from college it is predicted that 9 out of 10 new jobs will be in STEM areas. (2010 Florida Council of 100 Report, Closing the Gap) 411,000 – number of STEM-related jobs Florida will need to fill by 2018 $74,958 – Average annual compensation of STEM occupations in (Florida’s K-12 STEM Ed Report Card 2011)

8 FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Project Goals, Objectives, and Activities

9 Goal One Positively impact gifted and talented high school students’ perceptions, knowledge and skills in STEM through the FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Program of Study. This will entail: Increasing enrollment of gifted and talented students in rigorous STEM courses. Identifying gaps in STEM rigorous courses. o o Collaborating with local colleges and universities to bridge gaps. o o Employing virtual courses afforded through Florida Virtual School franchises. o o Exploring creative intra- and inter-district distance learning options. Identifying STEM teacher mentors

10 Goal One Implementing STEM Scholar Regional forums – two in year one and four in subsequent years where students will: o o Interact with gifted and talented students from nearby districts. o o Collaboratively problem solve and learn content developed by content experts. o o Take part in leadership development activities. o o Interact with regional college personnel and students. – – Regional colleges have committed to collaborate with project personnel and host these activities. Exploring STEM careers through interaction with professionals in STEM-related areas.

11 Goal One Making Available STEM Scholars Summer Challenges o o Students will apply to take part and each challenge event will accommodate 35 students. o o Transportation will be provided. o o Four-day experiences on topics such as nanoscience, crime scene investigation, environmental issues, underwater robotics, and others. o o Problem-based and application of content to solve problems. o o STEM skills of collaborating, researching, planning and conducting investigations, calculating and measuring, and technical computing skills are used by students. o o Student draw conclusions and present findings. o o Students have leadership opportunities.

12 Goal One Providing Workplace Internship Experiences o o Students will apply to participate. o o Local STEM teacher mentors and project guidance counselors will facilitate experience. Providing Summer Workplace/Field Research Experiences o o Students will be connected to STEM businesses and industries willing to afford students an internship opportunity. o o Students will spend eight days conducting field research or in a workplace with a teacher and two other students. – – Each teacher will receive a stipend and students will receive a small transportation stipend.

13 Goal One Engaging students in a University of Florida “Immersion into STEM” experience. o o Week-long University of Florida residential experience. o o During summers of 2013 and 2014, 30 students from each consortium will have the opportunity to take part. o o Customized content to meet needs of FloridaLearns STEM Scholars. o o All expenses paid by project, including transportation. o o A teacher from each district will accompany students. Providing a limited number of scholarships for other approved STEM-related student experiences.

14 Goal One Increasing parent’s knowledge about STEM careers and scholarship opportunities. o o Two regional STEM Scholar Student/Parent nights per year. – – STEM professionals will be available in person or via Skype to share details about career preparation, job responsibilities, and answer questions. – – College recruiters will share information. – – Scholarship information will be provided. “Florida kids and parents need to know about the potential for rewarding –and high paying careers in STEM.” (Florida’s K-12 STEM Ed Report Card 2011)

15 Goal Two Capitalize on partnerships to maximize STEM-related experiences for gifted and talented high school students. This will entail: Developing partnerships to o o Afford students authentic STEM-related experiences such as internships and summer field experiences. – – Mentor students in terms of career-awareness. o o Ensure students and parents have accurate information about career preparation and what the career entails. — —Present at STEM Regional Forums and Parent/Student nights. o o Fill gaps, when possible, to supply items not allowed by grant. — — Food — — Incentives

16 Goal Three Guide participants in establishing STEM academic and career goals. This will entail: Qualified counselors working with students on an individual basis to provide: o o Career advisement o o Scheduling assistance with focus on including rigorous STEM courses in course selection each year o o Ensuring each student’s schedule is individualized and aligned with interests. Providing opportunities for students to identify and reflect on personal, academic and career goals. Administering and helping with interpretation of surveys. Developing a portfolio where student project-related information is maintained.

17 Goal Four Enhance gifted and talented students’ ability to assume leadership and participatory roles in learning situations, the workplace and society. This will entail: Incorporating leadership skill-building activities into Regional Forums, Summer Challenges and other FloridaLearns STEM Scholars related activities.

18 Goal Five Increase educator ability to provide instruction which addresses specific learning needs and builds on the strengths of each student. This will entail: Providing professional learning activities to enhance: o o Administrator and STEM teacher awareness of the unique social and emotional needs of gifted and talented students. o o The ability of STEM teachers to use assessment tools and data to differentiate and individualize instruction for gifted and talented students. o o STEM teachers’ ability to incorporate Florida’s Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners into the STEM curriculum. o o STEM teachers’ ability to develop and implement problem-based learning activities that are engaging, challenging, and relevant.

19 Goal Six Develop and disseminate the FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Program of Study, to meet the educational needs of individual gifted and talented students. This will entail: Developing replicable operational project policies and protocols. Developing a FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Program of Study that aligns with research-evidenced elements of successful STEM programs.


21 We Need Your Help! During the project period PAEC personnel will conduct a minimum of: Regional Forums – 50 This will require 100 STEM-related career presenters. Student/Parent Nights – 24 This will require 48 more STEM-related career presenters. We will need summer field experiences for: 144 students – 3/site – 48 sites We will need internships for: Any of the approximately 700 student participants who meet all project requirements.

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