The Center provides programming to public and private K-12 schools in their efforts to bring forth reform related to science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) education.
Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS)Toggle More Info
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Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) is a hands-on program dedicated to promoting science education for regional middle school girls by enthusiastic professionals and undergraduates as facilitators and role models in a supportive environment. GEMS provides a launching pad to develop an early interest in engineering, math, and science as an impetus to higher education and highly-skilled careers. Previous activities have included bioengineering, chemistry, biological science, biotechnology, forensics, astronomy, math, civil engineering and environmental science.
Tentative 2019-2020 GEMS dates:
- February 15, 2020
Registration will open at 4:30 PM on Friday, January 24, 2020
GEMS registration will fill quickly. If you receive an error message when you try to register, the program is full. Please add your name to the waitlist below for the April 18 GEMS event.
- April 18, 2020
We are actively seeking GEMS sponsors for the Spring! Contact the Whitaker Center
if you can help: 239-590-7444
Acceptance is provided on a first come, first served basis with priority given to first time participants. You will receive a confirmation email after you register online. Please check early, we cannot guarantee space as the event fills up quickly.
A special thank you to present and past sponsors, dedicated teachers, FGCU students and faculty who have helped to make this program great for our middle school girls!
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At the Schulze Summer STEM Institute for Teachers Workshop for K-12 educators, participants will be immersed in the research-based practice of writing and facilitating engaging inquiry-based STEM activities focusing on the SW Florida environment. Inquiry-based pedagogies have been shown to improve student engagement, comprehension, and retention. The workshop infuses technology into the week by integrating Probeware (Vernier Labquest 2), coding basics, into classroom and field instruction. FGCU faculty from the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences and Conservancy Staff bring a balance of expertise to you during the workshop week.
The Schulze Summer STEM Institute for Teachers workshops are developed through collaboration between the Conservancy of Southwest Florida education staff, Whitaker Center FGCU faculty associates, Vester Marine Field Station, and Lehigh Elementary STEM faculty.
The Schulze Summer STEM Institute for Teachers connects real-world environmental research with evidence-based, hands-on instruction.
Whitaker Center for STEM Education at FGCU takes a systemic approach to enhancing and reforming STEM education by providing professional development opportunities for K-12 educators, conducting research in STEM teaching and learning, developing innovative curricula, resources, and materials, developing and supporting programs for students, and building strong community partnerships.
Since 2013, the STEM Institute has worked with over 200 K-12 teachers from the five county area and beyond!
Summer camps are also offered at the Conservancy. Your child/children could experience the wildlife of southwest Florida through outdoor adventures, field trips, and nature discoveries, all while you attend our workshop.
2020 STEM Institute Dates
June 15-19, 2020
July 13-17, 2020