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October 03, 2019
Student Success
The 4th Annual STEMtastic Schools Showcase

Thousands showed up for STEMtastic at the Florida Aquarium on Tuesday evening for this year’s STEM-centric event featuring our K-12th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.

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February 11, 2019
Student Success
Students display top presentations at the Hillsborough Regional STEM fair

This STEM fair is one of the largest in the Southeast. STEM – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – has become one of the most popular areas of study for students across the nation.

It is also the largest academic competition that Hillsborough County Public Schools puts on with more than 100,000 students competing at their schools in order to qualify for the regional fair.

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December 13, 2018
Student Success
Girls Who Code at Coleman Middle School

Coleman Middle School's 'Girls Who Code' club has created a rewarding relationship with Agile Thought, a Tampa Bay area software development company with offices in Tampa. Not only has Agile Thought hosted a field trip for the last two years, but it is also sending mentors into the classroom to work closely with the girls who are being introduced to new ideas and a rapidly expanding industry by women who are on the cutting edge of technology.

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November 05, 2018
Points of Pride
Heritage ROCKS #STEMtober

Since becoming one of the HCPS Area 3 STEM Innovation Hub Schools one year ago, Heritage Elementary has grown its STEM program tremendously. These enhancements were fully evident in the month of October during the District’s #STEMtober initiative.

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March 30, 2018
Student Success
Solar power drives student competition

At the EnergyWhiz on March 24, G’kosi Boyce, a seventh grader from McLane Middle School won first place in the middle school Junior Solar Sprint competition, and Shelby Bain, a fifth grader at Lithia Springs won first place in the elementary division. Earning them free entry into the state competition on May 12, in Cocoa, Florida. 

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February 27, 2018
Student Success
Space team members at Limona Elementary ready to send their experiment out of this world

Students at Limona Elementary School are preparing their science experiment for space travel, thanks to a competitive program through the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, with funding made possible by Suncoast Credit Union and Space Florida Foundation. The future scientists at Limona will be testing whether wheat can grow in micro-gravity, with the help of their mentor and scientist, Dr. Joniqua Howard and their teacher, Mrs. Jane Kemp.

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February 12, 2018
Partners in Education
Girls from underserved backgrounds build and test their own underwater robots with National Geographic Explorer

This weekend, National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman led 30 girls from Hillsborough County on an innovative educational undertaking in a three-day Girls Underwater Robot Camp to design, build and deploy their own remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs). The participating girls come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds but possess strong skills in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).

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January 26, 2018
Student Success
Students warm up for upcoming STEMPalooza competition

Their day began with a video about "moon shot thinking," the type that propelled Americans to the moon, ideas "we don't know how to do this yet, but we're going to do it anyways."

That critical thinking, creativity and problem solving is at the heart of STEMPalooza, a district competition for math and science students. This month, Town and Country Elementary hosted a mock STEMPalooza to help students from surrounding schools prepare for the upcoming district event. 

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January 09, 2018
Partners in Education
Medical mentors expose students to future career options

There was no bleu cheese or ranch with these chicken wings, but their purpose was an appetizer of sorts for students at six Hillsborough County middle schools. Students dissected the wings during a science lab guided by Mentoring in Medicine, a national organization that aims to get students excited about careers in the medicine field.

 

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December 08, 2017
Partners in Education
Brink Foundation gift boosts STEM Innovation Hub in Town 'n' Country

The Brink Foundation announced a $35,000 donation this week to support more innovative STEM education at seven schools in the Town ‘n’ Country area. The schools – Leto High, Webb Middle, Pierce Middle, Town and Country Elementary, Dickenson Elementary, Morgan Woods Elementary and Woodbridge Elementary – each received $5,000 from the foundation.

They form a STEM Innovation Hub, a K-12 effort to align science, technology, engineering and mathematics options.

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October 17, 2017
Press Release
STEMtastic: Amazing Opportunities Await Students

 Hillsborough County Public Schools is excited to host STEMtastic, a night featuring demonstrations, hands-on activities and displays from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs throughout the district, on Thursday, October 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at The Florida Aquarium. 

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October 14, 2017
Partners in Education
Coding grant among major developments in STEM education

The Tampa Bay STEM Network exists as a way to coordinate STEM education here in Hillsborough County, bringing educators, governments and industry partners together into a common ecosystem. This week, the network will celebrate several major accomplishments that will bring cutting-edge STEM education into even more schools and classrooms.

 

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December 01, 2016
Points of Pride
Students learn about work at the CleanGulf Conference

Students from Stewart Middle Magnet and Jefferson’s Maritime/AP Environmental Science/Marine Biology attended the Clean Gulf Conference at the Tampa Convention Center.  The annual Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition brings together spill response professionals to discuss best practices & lessons-learned in response operations.

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November 01, 2016
Points of Pride
Rampello students enjoyed a STEMtacular Storybook Walk

Approximately 65 kindergarteners from Rampello K-8 Downtown Magnet school walked the corridors of the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center (ROSSAC) for the annual Storybook Walk. Kindergartners were dressed as their favorite book characters.

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October 20, 2016
Student Success
National Chemistry Week: 2016 Illustrated Poem Contest

Each year as part of National Chemistry Week (NCW) activities, the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Participating ACS local sections can invite area students to compete.

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October 11, 2016
Points of Pride
STEM in Action – Electrathon Racing

Electrathon of Tampa Bay kicked off the 2016-2017 Electrathon and Junior Solar Sprint Race Season on September 24, 2016 at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon, Florida.

 

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September 08, 2016
Partners in Education
King HS students gain real-world STEM research opportunities through USF

Last summer ten students from King High School participated in the USF Research Experience for Teachers (RIT) program. The intensive program assigned high school students to active University of South Florida (USF) research laboratories and professors who volunteered for six weeks to foster student’s interest in STEM research

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September 07, 2016
Student Success
Life After High School: Chancellor Science Scholar earns a 4-yr Scholarship to UNC

Strawberry Crest High School alumnus Dalan Smallwood was one of 100 students across the world to be selected as a participant in the Chancellor’s Science Scholars (CSS) program at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Smallwood’s intention was to apply for a $10,000 scholarship but instead he walked away with an opportunity of a life time – a scholarship that would cover all four years of study.

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June 08, 2016
Partners in Education
Mentoring program introduces young girls to the world of STEM

Last week, Million Women Mentors - Florida (MWM) celebrated the accomplishments of their mentors and program facilitators during a special event at MOSI. They celebrated over 5,000 mentoring hours in STEM, shared inspiring stories, and recognized more than 100 mentors and facilitators with certificates acknowledging their success.

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December 18, 2015
Student Success
Students Own the Runway at the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show

Fashion Marketing and Fashion Technology & Design students showcased their talents at the 3rd Annual Trashy Flashy Fashion Show.  T. Pepin Hospitality Centre hosted the gala event in honor of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, a local non-profit organization celebrating America Recycles Day.

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December 17, 2015
Points of Pride
Colson students tackle the Cardboard Challenge

Third grade students in Colson Elementary School’s Imagination Foundation chapter participated in the 2015 Cardboard Challenge by building awesome games, play spaces, and structures out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination - then playing with them!

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November 30, 2015
Points of Pride
Families explore options at Choice Expo

The 4th Annual Hillsborough Choice Expo, sponsored by Hillsborough Education Foundation and Kelly Services, attracted more than 3,400 attendees who explored the many Magnet, School Choice and Career & Technical programs offered in Hillsborough County Public Schools.

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October 15, 2015
Employee Excellence
Media specialist earns prestigious

Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School, is the recipient of the SLJ (School Library Journal) "Build Something Bold" Award.  This prestigious award is sponsored by LEGO® Education and honors the media specialist who takes the creative approach in programming and lesson planning that incorporates hands-on learning in the library and classroom. 

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October 06, 2015
Partners in Education
HCPS and partners team up for STEM

A hospital is a place where doctors and nurses take care of sick people, but they are just a very small part of the overall hospital community. Healthy KIDZ is providing a glimpse into the vast world of healthcare-related careers.

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August 26, 2015
Points of Pride
Putting the “Community” back into Sulphur Springs Community K-8 School!

Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School is a product of the positive energy created by the dedication and determination of Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Sulphur Springs community.  This year, the school has a new name and a new STEM focus, and they are ready to welcome a brand new sixth grade class.  School leaders and neighborhood supporters are putting the “community” back into school!

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July 31, 2015
Employee Excellence
Elementary science teachers explore STEM strategies at leadership institute

The 24th Annual National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Summer Leadership Institute was recently held in Tampa, Florida.  Three HCPS elementary science teachers attended the institute. In addition to a packed agenda, they had the opportunity to meet Barrington Irving, National Geographic Explorer, and first African American to fly around the world.                                                                    

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July 03, 2015
Partners in Education
Summer Program Series: Sharpening students’ skills for emerging careers

Until recently, Cynthia and Ricardo had little in common.  Both are rising juniors, but Cynthia attends Sickles High School while Ricardo is a student at Blake Magnet High School for the Performing Arts.  She plays the flute; he plays guitar.  She wants to be a cosmetologist; he is leaning toward engineering.  But this summer, Cynthia and Ricardo are spending five weeks as classmates in the STEM TEC (STEM Training for Emerging Careers) summer program.

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