STEM

Education
4:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Ocean Researcher Tells Students Education Is The Key To Their Dreams

Evan Forde presenting at Van E. Blanton Elementary as part of "Back to School Day."
Credit Pattrik Simmons

Evan Forde struggled in school while growing up in Miami-Dade. He got poor grades even though his parents were educators.

Now, he’s one of the few African American oceanographers in the country.

“I wanted to look the children in the eyes, and I wanted them to remember this day. And I wanted them to remember my story,” he said. “I was poorly behaved and a poor student. One day, I woke up thinking I could do whatever I want to do in this world, that I’m here for a reason.”

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Robot Boat
2:45 am
Mon September 1, 2014

FAU Students Hope Robot Boat Will Conquer The World

Ivan Bertaska, Anderson Lebadd and Edoardo Sarda run their robotic boat through the motions on the Intracoastal Waterway near Dania Beach.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

On the Intracoastal Waterway near Dania Beach, Ivan Bertaska is getting ready to captain his vessel.

Bertaska wants to check the boat’s capabilities by having it speed up and slow down as it carves a wavy wake across the Intracoastal.

“The wave pattern actually gives me a good range of velocities," he says, "so at first we go about two knots and then we get to the top corners where we’re making sharp turns and we’re going about one knot. So I get a good operational range of the vehicle.

"We get a lot of funny looks from boaters.”

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Education
5:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

New Food Truck, New Magnet For South Florida Students Kicking Off The New School Year

iTech Students had their choice of a roasted pork sandwich or chicken tacos from Miami-Dade schools' food truck.
John O'Connor StateImpact Florida/WLRN

South Florida districts raised the curtain on a new school year Monday.

And that meant showing off two new programs in Miami-Dade schools: a new food truck and the iTech magnet program at Thomas A. Edison Educational Center, which was formerly Little Haiti's Edison Middle.

Miami-Dade is finishing a billion-dollar renovation of schools, and the food truck will serve meals at campuses when the cafeterias are closed.

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StateImpact Florida
11:36 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Florida's Newest University Will Try To Bring MIT Culture Here

A model of the future campus of Florida Polytechnic University.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

This coming Saturday marks the grand opening for Florida's 12th state university. Florida Polytechnic University in Polk County will offer tuition-free education focused on science, technology, engineering and math -- STEM -- to its inaugural class of about 550 students. They'll start on August 25.

President Randy Avent sat down with Robin Sussingham from WUSF in Tampa to talk about his vision for the new university.

Here's an edited version of their conversation.

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StateImpact Florida
6:54 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Why Taking More Breaks Can Help Students Get More Done

The tomato-shaped timer that gives the Pomodoro Technique its name.
Credit jbn97 / Flickr

Set a goal. Work hard. Then, take a short break to recharge.

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The Governor's Race
6:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers

Gov. Rick Scott stopped in Boca Raton on July 21 to talk about his ideas for encouraging more students into science, technology, engineering and math jobs.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott spent Monday touring high-tech South Florida companies looking to hire.

He wants to make sure firms like Boca Raton's Modernizing Medicine, which designs electronic medical record systems, have workers ready.

“I’ve got kids and even... grandkids – the jobs of the future are going to be science, technology, engineering and math-related," said Scott, a Republican. "So we need to do workforce training in those areas.”

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Technology
6:44 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

How A Library Program Is Helping A Miami Gardens Teen Become A Neuroscientist

Favour Nkwocha, right, works on the computer with Marlon Moore, the YouMedia project coordinator.
Credit William Rolle / YouMedia Miami

Over the past few months, we've been covering the efforts of Miami-Dade library supporters to keep libraries fully funded. Advocates say libraries are more than just books -- they're major learning centers. One popular library program is YouMedia Miami where teenagers learn about technologies like coding, graphic design and music production.

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Education
1:32 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How South Florida Colleges Are Prepping Their Students For STEM Jobs

Credit Freedigitalphotos.net

To keep up with the demand for STEM-related jobs, South Florida's universities are coming up with programs to help prepare their future graduates.

One of them is Discovery Though Distinction, a new effort at Florida Atlantic University to incorporate research in undergraduate programs.

The school is also planning to offer an accelerated master's degree that would take just five years.

"Our goal is to help train a very prepared workforce," says vice president of academic affairs Gary Perry. "As a university, we are part of the economic development of Florida."

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StateImpact Florida
7:59 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Florida 12th Graders Trail Nation In Math And Are Average In Reading

Florida 12th graders ranked 10th of 13 states who broke out their results on a national math and reading exam.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 1:54 pm

Florida 12th graders ranked 10th of 13 states who broke out their results on a national math and reading exam.

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STEM
1:01 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Students Battle It Out In Fort Lauderdale Robotics Competition

Students prepping their robots for competition
Credit Lisann Ramos

Florida has been putting an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math education. And with STEM, comes tests -- and competitions.

The South Florida Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is happening through Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. FIRST is an acronym -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. 

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Sunshine Economy
3:35 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Interviewing By Eating: 5 Questions for CEO Felecia Hatcher

Credit Tom Hudson

Felecia Hatcher is co-founder and “chief popsicle” of Feverish Pops, a gourmet popsicle company based in Miami. Hatcher says she is “obsessed with desserts” and, as proof of that passion, she points out that she was married at a donut shop in Portland, Oregon.  

Hatcher began the popsicle company after getting fired from her marketing job with Nintendo.

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Aerospace
12:02 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

What Happens When Science Teachers Go To A Rocket Launch

Lockheed Martin-NSTA Teacher Fellows Mary Maddox and Steve Kirsche watch the MUOS-2 satellite launch.
Courtesy Lockheed Martin

Lauren Case already knows what she’s going to say on the first day of school when her students ask what she did over summer break:

“I saw a rocket launch; it was awesome. You want to go too? Maybe you should become an engineer,” says Case, a 10th grade science teacher at South Fork High School in Stuart, Fla.

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South Florida Science Museum
1:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

U.S. Lags In Science & Tech Education, While Science Fairs Boom In Palm Beach County

The engineering competition at the South Florida Science Museum aims to get kids interested in science and tech jobs.
Credit Courtesy photo

At the recent WLRN/Miami Herald-sponsored Town Hall on Session 2013 panelist Sen. Jack Latvala mentioned the need to focus on science and technology education to better prepare Florida's kids for a tech-centric global job market. It's a point echoed by Lew Crampton who serves as president and chief executive officer for the South Florida Science Museum.

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