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The 4th Annual STEMtastic Schools Showcase

October 03, 2019 - Student Success

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.

It was an informative evening for parents who spent quality time talking to school principals and teachers about their impressive STEM programs—but it was also a fun-filled event with families exploring exhibits throughout the aquarium and students engaging in STEM activities available at each school’s table.

“Family turnout to this event was impressive. I spoke all night with parents and students who asked great questions—wanting to make informed decisions with so many academic school choices.” said Principal Barbara Fillhart, from Monroe Middle School in South Tampa.

Students from Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet showed off their leadership skills and shared pictures of what their new campus will look like. Stewart Middle Magnet School students boasted about their partnership with NASA and their impressive Aerospace, Engineering, Environmental, Robotics and Computer/Video Design electives & clubs. Jefferson High School highlighted the experience students get in its Maritime and Marine Environmental Academy—and they proudly displayed their own remotely-operated underwater robot.

This event allowed parents to research schools in our district and sign up for school tours, so they are prepared and informed when it comes time to apply for School Choice. The first Choice window opens October 25th.  

“We are proud of what happens at each of these schools every day and we are thrilled to have over 30 STEM-centric Magnet and Career & Technical School Choice Options for our families,” said Larry Plank, STEM Director for Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Thank you to the following #STEMtastic schools for participating in this year’s showcase:

Boys Preparatory Academy at Franklin Middle School

Brandon High School

Buchanan Middle School - a STEM Academy

Dowdell Middle Magnet School

Dunbar Elementary Magnet School

Girls Preparatory Academy at Ferrell Middle School

Greco Middle School – a STEM Academy

Jefferson High School

Lockhart Elementary

Lomax Elementary

Madison Middle Schoola STEM Academy

Middleton High School

Monroe Middle School

Muller Elementary

Sligh Middle Magnet School

Stewart Middle Magnet School

Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet School

Tampa Bay Technical High School

Young Middle Magnet School


For more information on STEM education in our district, visit:

STEMtastic is one of the many STEM-focused events that takes place throughout the school year. October is also known in our district as STEMtober, to check out a list of events during the month visit our STEMtober web-page.

This year’s STEMtastic event was made possible thanks to members of the Tampa Bay STEM Network:

Alliance for Public Schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Moffitt Cancer Center, Moffitt Healthy Kidz Program, The Florida Aquarium.


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