Mission: To prepare and encourage pre-college students to enter technical fields of study and pursue employment in the central florida high-tech workforce. The organization hopes to accomplish this by advocating on behalf of stem programs in the region; communicating the importance of stem to parents, teachers and students; and collaborating with member organizations in the continuing development of their stem programs.
Programs: Community council outreach - to inform parents, teachers and students about stem activities and the importance of stem education. Coordinated with first lego league to hold state competition at the university of central florida bringing more exposure to stem activities in the central florida region.
seaperch - underwater robotics program held several times during the year for approximately 50 middle-school-aged students. Students are provided an opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science and mathematics while building an underwater remotely operated vehicle. Ymca stem camps - science related summer classes held at various ymca locations to teach and provide stem education mentors to over 100 children.
exhibition at the interservice/industry training, simulation and education conference (i/it sec) to bring awareness of the stem purpose to approximately 5900 exhibit visitors, 3300 conference attendees and over 1900 from 75 countries.
The Central Florida STEM Education Council is doing a great job bringing together a wide range of community members to learn about and share information about STEM education and STEM careers. Their events are great with representatives from education programs as well as industry leaders providing insight into the skills they need and the surprising range of career opportunities they offer. The Council's newsletter has great resources for students, teachers and parents and lots of opportunities to volunteer in the community.