SCF to Host STEMsmart Summit for Middle School Students

(Bradenton, Fla., March 22, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a STEMsmart Summit for 220 middle school students on Saturday, March 23, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

The daylong summit is part of Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s five-year 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. Eleven schools from Sarasota and Charlotte counties will participate in STEMsmart.

The summit will include hands-on activities for students led by SCF professors and Mote Marine Laboratory biologists. Students will have opportunities to learn computer programing, gather and process evidence for a mock crime scene, and more. The summit is free to students through the funding of Gulf Coast and support from SCF.

Participating in the STEMsmart summit are SCF faculty and staff members: Michele Groves, SCF Venice career resource center advisor; Judy Bodenweiser, professor, natural sciences; Nina D’Andrea, assistant professor, health professions; Julie Sulinski, nursing lab manager; Karen Wetz, professor, natural sciences; Jose Ors, assistant professor, natural sciences; Melanie Wright, assistant professor, natural sciences; Matt Thomas, assistant professor, natural sciences; Andy Swanson, assistant professor, natural sciences; Feng Hou, chief information officer; Adrienne Gould-Choquette, SCF Emerging Technologies Program director; Altay Ozenger, associate professor, mathematics; Jim Condor, department chair and professor, mathematics; Bill Kemper, adjunct instructor, social and behavioral sciences, and Jane Pfeilsticker, department chair and professor, natural sciences.


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