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Whitaker Center

Whitaker Center

K-12 Education Programs




The Center provides programming to public and private K-12 schools in their efforts to bring forth reform related to science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) education. 

Current programming includes the following: 

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SunChase: H.S. Solar Go-Kart Challenge

Solar Go-Kart Challenge 

Congratulations to the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Solar Hearts

SunChase 2018 Champions!





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Aquatic Systems and Mosquito Control ( Grades K, 5th, 7th, and High School)


Students with MosquitoesAquatic Systems and Mosquito Control (Grades K, 5th, 7th, and High School)

The Aquatic Systems / Mosquito Education program is a cooperative effort between the Whitaker Center, Lee County Mosquito Control District, and the Lee County School District. It provided STEM outreach to over 500 classes in the school district reaching over 12,000 students. Programs are conducted in collaboration with classroom teachers and are designed for students in kindergarten, 5th grade, 7th grade, and high school chemistry and biology classes. These environmental science programs support Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in a variety of areas. Films, readings, slide programs, discussions, art activities and lab experiences are utilized to teach the objectives of each unit. For more information or to schedule a visit, see

Contact: Neil Wilkinson (

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Forensic Anthropology Outreach

Forensic Anthropology Outreach

Contact: Heather Walsh-Haney (

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Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS)

Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS)

GEMS participant in the labThis program provides hands-on experiences for middle school girls with science & engineering professionals in an exploration of the wonders of science. The year's GEMS is supported by the Women's Legacy Fund at the SW FL Community Foundation. Please contact GEMS at the email listed below.






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Summer Camps

High School Science Camp for Girls

June 20-July 3

Application deadline Extended! Download Application


H.S. Summer Research Opportunity

July 9-27

Application Closed.


Mathletes Summer Camp (Grades 7 and 8)

July 30-Aug 1

Contact: The Mathletes Team (


FGCU Coding Academy

Elementary: June 5-7

Middle: July 23-26


Marine Science Summer Camp for rising 6th-8th graders

Session A: June 11-15

Session B: July 9-13


FGCU/Sigma Pi Phi Epsilon Nu Boule' H.S. STEM Camp

Application Closed


Other Camps that we engage with:

Elementary/Middle STEM Imaginarium

Super Science and Amazing Art  Camps with Mr. Glen

Kids Tek Learning

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Summer Camp

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveTeachers on the Estuary 

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Nature Walks on the FGCU Campus

Nature Walks on the FGCU Campus

The Whitaker Center can coordinate nature walks through campus with an FGCU naturalist for school groups interested in visiting the campus.  Contact our office to arrange a visit to hike campus trails, tour the Food Forest, and slough slog the swamps!

For more information, please contact Campus Naturalists Patricia Krupp



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Schulze Summer STEM Institute for Teachers

Schulze Summer STEM Institute for Teachers

Summer STEM Institute Participants in the LabIn cooperation with the Conservancy of SW FL, the Whitaker Center offers week-long Summer Teacher workshop sessions for K-12 faculty centered on empowering teachers to develop inquiry-based pedagogy that works for their classroom. These workshops facilitate the integration of STEM disciplines within the conservancy themes and offer teachers hands on experience integrating technology and the great outdoors into their activities. 

Contact: The Whitaker Center (, (239) 590-7444


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Summer Research Opportunity (SRO)

SRO Student with bones Summer Research Opportunity (SRO) 

For over a decade, the Whitaker Center for STEM Education has sponsored a two week event for middle school students interested in STEM. These students must has participated in the Thomas Alva Edision Regional Science Fair. They must prepare an application and are chosen to participate in a Summer Research Opportunity at Florida Gulf Coast University offering them a hands-on experience of collaboration on a complete and genuine research problem from hypothesis generation and initial design, through field and laboratory data collection, and culminating in data analysis and interpretation. 

High School Summer Research Opportunity July 9-July 27, 8:30-1:30PM

For pictures of our 2017 SRO experiences go to our Facebook Page
Contact: The Whitaker Center (


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Science Summer Program for H.S. Girls

July 9-July 3 9AM-2PM

See Information and Appliction for Science Summer Program for H.S. Girls