SCF Venice Hosted STEMsmart Summit March 23

(Bradenton, Fla., March 27, 2013) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) hosted a STEMsmart Summit for more than 200 middle school students on Saturday, March 23, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

The daylong summit was 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. Students from eleven schools in Sarasota and Charlotte counties participated in STEMsmart by attending more than 30 interactive workshops.

The summit included hands-on activities for students led by SCF professors, Mote Marine Laboratory biologists and representatives from Historic Spanish Point and Eco Reef. Students had the opportunity to learn about career preparation, nanotechnology, computer programming, crime scene investigation, physics and more. The summit was free to students through the funding of Gulf Coast and support from SCF.

Participating in the STEMsmart summit were 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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