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:
SunChase 2019 is scheduled for April 5-6, 2019.
Aquatic 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 mosquitoed.com.
Contact: Jennifer McBride, JeniferMM@LeeSchools.net
Forensic Anthropology Outreach
Contact: Heather Walsh-Haney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This 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.
Mathletes Summer Camp (Grades 7 and 8)
Contact: The Mathletes Team (email@example.com)
Contact:Dr. Jaffar Shahul-Hameed, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Ms. Anne Smiley, email@example.com
Other Camps that we engage with:
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
In 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), (239) 590-7444
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 coincides with the middle school opportunity
Teachers should contact Dr. Mike Parsons, email@example.com to schedule a visit