Connecting the dots between STEM needs and resources in Brevard

STEM – Behind the Helmet: Leland Melvin on Setbacks, Purpose and Inspiration

I discovered an interesting STEM articleSTEM - from Leland Melvin, Astronaut.  Being involved in STEM outreach is important to our future – inspire a youth, help build a life-long STEM career.

Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE)

For the past several years, there has been increased emphasis on career pathways by the Federal Department of Labor, including the Career Pathways Initiative, the Workforce Innovation Fund Grant, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants programs, and most recently the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The WIOA legislation promotes career pathways as the primary strategies for workforce development design and implementation for most of the agencies they oversee.  

Want to know more? Read an extended post at the FLATE Focus website.

EnergyWhiz Olympics – Cocoa FL

The EnergyWhiz Olympics (EWO) is a forum for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) capabilities through project-based learning. This annual event will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Florida Solar Energy Center located at 1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922.

STEM Educator-Summer Internship Opportunity

Intern Duties include:

Develop STEM education products to educate, engage and inspire students and teachers to learn what is the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program and how it supports the overall mission of NASA. Develop hands-on activities as part of an educational package to be used by the GSDO Program, schools, and the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Education Resources Center for their learning curriculum.  Learn more, click here

STEM Education-All Expense Paid-Summer Opportunity

DTRA -2015 Joint Science Technology Institute (JSTI) Summer Opportunity – APPLICATION NOW OPEN

The Joint Science Technology Institute (JSTI) will be held July 18-31, 2015 in Aberdeen, Md. Student should apply via the only application link at http://www.orau.org/center-for-science-education/events/jsti/default.html.

Application deadline is March 15, 2015.

BACKGROUND: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office (DTRA-JSTO) partnered with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), the U.S. Army Public Health Command, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory to launch the JSTI. JSTI is a two-week all expenses paid, residential program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities , affording 36 high school students from across the country the opportunity to work on leading-edge science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects with Department of Defense scientists and engineers. The purpose of the program is to expose students to scientific research through hands-on projects, to enable students to work with real-world scientists, and to increase students’ awareness of STEM career opportunities. Student projects include work in areas such as: Robotics, Water Analysis (Wet Chemistry), Forensics Analysis, Bacteria Resistant Surfaces, Operational Research Analysis, and 3D printing. Students conduct their science and engineering projects at ECBC’s and Harford Community College’s research laboratories.

Eligibility for students:
*Student must be 16 by July 17, 2015
*Student must be a U.S. citizen
*Student must be a high school student in the 2015-2016 school year *Student must have a teacher recommendation *Student must be willing to work cooperatively in a group and follow instructions

If you have any questions/concerns about this opportunity, please contact Denise Baken, President of the Shield Analysis Technology, LLC, at 703-993-9226 or via email at dbaken@shieldanalysis.com .

Additionally, you can visit the JSTI website at http://www.orau.org/center-for-science-education/events/jsti/default.html for more information.

Reggie Logan
School Liaison Officer
Patrick Air Force Base
(321) 494-5675 Ext: 6,  DSN: 854-5675

Inspiring Youthful Talent to Pursue STEM Careers

A good friend of mine shared this article with me.  Our Space Coast STEM Education Council should explore ways to advance STEM understanding in our community.  Any ideas?

Showcasing Area Robotic Programs

The Space Coast STEM Education Council joined with the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS) and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in observing demonstrations by Brevard County students involved in robotics and robotics competitions. Showcasing our youthful talent aimed at inspiring community support for these outstanding STEM programs.

Florida Tech Center for Aeronautics and Innovation

The Florida Institute of Technology will host an event led by the Space Coast STEM Education Council, to discuss grant opportunities and resource that can help our schools meet their STEM challenge.  The key note speaker at this event is US Representative Bill Posey. Space Coast Jan 21 Posey