STEMsmart Summit Hosted at SCF Venice

(Bradenton, Fla., February 21, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) hosted a successful a STEMsmart Summit for 220 middle- and high-school students on Saturday, Feb. 18, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

The daylong summit was 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 participated in STEMsmart.

SCF professors and Mote Marine Laboratory biologists led two dozen hands-on activities, providing students the opportunity to care for a robotic baby, animate their own video game, use investigation techniques like real CSIs, and more.

Salim Ismail, Silicon Valley strategist and Global Ambassador of Singularity University, made opening remarks at the summit, challenging students to study STEM fields to help solve issues facing humanity, including climate change and poverty.

The summit was free to students through the funding of Gulf Coast and support from SCF.


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