SCF Hosts STEMsmart Summit for Middle & High Schools

(Bradenton, Fla., February 16, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a STEMsmart Summit for 220 middle- and high-school students on Saturday, Feb. 18, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

The daylong summit is part of Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s five-year, $2.5-million STEMsmart initiative, a partnership with Sarasota and Charlotte counties school districts to boost student achievement and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM. Eight secondary schools in Venice, North Port, and Englewood participate in STEMsmart.

The summit will include more than two dozen hands-on activities for students led by SCF professors and Mote Marine Laboratory biologists. Students will have opportunities to care for a robotic baby, animate their own video game, use investigation techniques like real CSIs, and more. They also will hear opening remarks from Silicon Valley strategist Salim Ismail, the Global Ambassador of Singularity University and keynote speaker for a Gulf Coast Community Foundation luncheon in Sarasota on Friday, Feb. 17. The summit is free to students through the funding of Gulf Coast and support from SCF.

The summit is the culmination of STEMsmart Week, a celebration of the work being done by students and teachers at the participating STEMsmart schools. The week also included the launch of,  a brand-new website where students, teachers, parents, and businesses can find STEM opportunities and information.


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