STEM - Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics
The vision of the STEM Explorer Program is to increase STEM opportunities for Pinellas County students. The intent of this increased exposure to STEM is to increase student enrollment in accelerated STEM courses and help students become career ready for STEM fields.
The mission of the STEM Explorer Program is to offer students’ opportunities to conduct hands-on STEM investigations, explore careers in STEM, improve teambuilding and leadership skills, learn about business planning, and interact with community partners.
STEM Explorer Program Overview
- The K-12 STEM Explorer Program impacts more than 5,000 students in grades 2 -12 from 90+ participating schools. The program utilizes an extended school day offering students opportunities to conduct hands-on engineering design challenges, explore careers in STEM, improve teambuilding and leadership skills, learn about business planning, and interact with community and business partners. The Pinellas County Schools Department of Assessment, Accountability and Research found that a student participating in the STEM Explorer program is 2 times more likely to pass the state Math FSA assessment and 4 times more likely to pass the Florida Statewide Science Assessment.
- In order to provide funding for the STEM Explorer Program, the K-12 STEM Coordinators have written and received grants in amounts of $1,300,000+ used to fund a majority of the STEM Explorer programs at 50+ Title 1 schools. In addition to the 260+ STEM Academies, the K-12 STEM Coordinators offer a yearly STEM Expo, where students participating in the program get to display the STEM projects they worked on throughout the year.
- During the summer months, the K-12 STEM Explorer Program offers a STEM Innovation Summer Camp program for students entering 2-8 grade during the upcoming school year.
- The K-12 STEM Explorer Program is always seeking partnerships to further develop the program, which in turn enhances the quality of STEM education students receive. Some of the current partnerships include, but, are not limited to, Duke Energy, UDT, Pitsco, EverFi, MAD-learn, STEMFuse, Girls Who Code, Wonder Workshop and many more.
STEM Summer Camps
Several hundred second through eighth grade students from all over Pinellas County got a taste of the world of STEM during the 2021 STEM Innovation Summer Camps. Spanning three weeks at three different locations around Pinellas County, these students learned about coding, computer animation and real world applications for robotics. This is an extension of the free after-school STEM Explorer programs available to students throughout Pinellas County Schools.
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