STEM

Vincent Hunt (background) leads a group of teenage girls in Creators Camp, a program aimed at helping girls refine their coding skills.
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Computer Coding is the new must-know skill businesses and states are hanging their economic futures on. Throughout the summer, Florida students from kindergarten through 12th grade participated in camps geared toward helping them learn computer languages. Some will continue this learning throughout the fall. But while kids learn sequences and symbols, they need other lessons beyond technical skills to get ready for a diverse work world.

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Florida’s newest state university, Florida Polytechnic, is set to begin classes next month. In its last meeting before the school’s official opening, the Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees on Monday approved a modified scholarship model for the 2015-2016 school year. The new scholarship will kick in after the university initially offers a $5,000 scholarship to all full-time undergraduate students this school year.

Capital Report: 07-25-2014

Jul 25, 2014

This week voting rights groups presented their case for redrawing Florida’s electoral map immediately rather than waiting until after this year’s election.  But as Nick Evans reports, officials charged with conducting elections are doubtful the plan could work. 

Meanwhile, as Sascha Cordner reports, Monday is the last day for residents to register to vote in Florida’s August primary election.

Capital Report: 04-08-2014

Apr 8, 2014

How much responsibility should parents bear when their children get into trouble?  It’s an issue the Florida Senate is weighing through a proposal giving courts discretion over restitution judgments against minors.

Florida prison guards are asking state lawmakers for pay raises similar to those given to other law enforcement officers last year. As Jessica Palombo reports, the guards say low pay and inflexible holiday time cause many of their fellow officers to leave prisons for other jobs—and to become less effective at guarding violent criminals.

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College and career readiness is a phrase people in the education world throw around a lot and definitions of the term vary wildly depending whom you ask. But, most are in agreement that whatever college and career readiness means, Florida students don’t seem to be making the grade.

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Several presidents of Florida’s colleges and universities are hoping to make their case to Congress that passing immigration reform is a good investment for the nation as a whole.

Florida Institute of Technology President Anthony Catanese says studies show most students receiving masters and doctorates in the STEM fields—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—are international students. He says Congress should think about passing an immigration overhaul because of the economic benefits that data offers.

Students from 17 Leon County schools took part in the second annual STEM Bowl on Friday. The competition put teams of third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders through three events focusing on skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

In the first phase, teams took a test.  The top four finishers went on to compete in a Brain Bowl.

Future Astronauts Shoot For The Moon

Mar 11, 2013
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Most people only know about space flight from what they see in the movies or on their television screens. But, high school students from around Florida got a chance to fly a shuttle like the pros over the weekend at the Tallahassee Regional Airport.

Landing a space shuttle is no easy task, as I learned first-hand. But, for high school students across the state, it something they’ve been preparing for all year. Pompano Beach High School student Wheeler Brown described what he did to prepare.

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Lisa Phillips teaches 7th grade math at Florida State University’s lab school. Right now  Integers and Proportions are the lesson of the day.

Phillips says she’s always looking for new and interesting ways to teach her students. The former meteorologist-turned middle school math teacher says she gets bored with always doing things the same way. So she goes to lots of training sessions.

Bill Nye, widely known for hosting the children’s science TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” will be in Florida for two days.  He’ll be in the swing state on behalf of President Barack Obama, and one of his stops will include a talk about the importance of STEM degrees, which is also one of Governor Rick Scott’s priorities.

The number of available jobs in science, technology, engineering and math is on the rise in Florida, and state officials say, that’s good news for the economy. The biggest area with “Help Wanted” signs in the window is Hillsborough County where, nurses and web developers are in demand.

As Florida’s economy continues to rebound from the recession, most of the new jobs being created are in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, often called “STEM”.  Much of the workforce to fill those positions is trained in the state’s community colleges, and that’s true for the rest of the nation.  President Barack Obama highlighted the need for STEM-based workforce training in his State of the Union address, and as Lynn Hatter reports, his education secretary talked about it during a trip to Florida’s capital city on Wednesday.

Some students are voicing their opposition to proposals like increasing tuition for STEM degrees and a bill that would allow the governor to pick the student representative of the board that oversees all 11 public universities. Lynn Hatter reports the group took their complaints to the Board of Governors Thursday.