Category: STEM

When it comes to science, girls rule. That was the theme this weekend at the Girls Underwater Robot Camp at MOSI and the Florida Aquarium. Twenty girls, ages 10-15, constructed remotely operated vehicles--or ROVs--and piloted them through Tampa Bay waters. “It was pretty amazing to have that opportunity to build… Read More
A second Senate panel on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at allowing high school students to take computer coding classes as an alternative to learning more traditional foreign languages. Read More
In new rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, three University of South Florida online graduate programs appear in the top 25 nationally, including two showing substantial improvement from last year. Two USF programs, graduate computer information technology and graduate engineering, rank the highest among public universities in… Read More
Fort Myers Technical College is launching a pilot ground school that will teach students about aerodynamics and communications procedures. Once they complete the school program, students can take the Federal Aviation Administration’s private pilot knowledge test required for a license. Classes start Jan. 26 and the course lasts 14 weeks. Read More
The Museum of Science and Industry could get a fresh start if the financially challenged science center were to leave its longtime north Tampa home and move downtown, according to a consultant’s report. ConsultEcon, a Massachusetts-based management and planning firm, told MOSI board members last week that moving the museum… Read More
Pasco County middle school students will have two new choices for 2015-16. Superintendent Kurt Browning told principals on Monday that Bayonet Point Middle School in New Port Richey, closed for construction this year, will reopen as a STEM magnet in the fall. Because the district wants to offer equal access… Read More
With an array of social media options open to teenagers, Zoe Howell, a sixth-grader at Pasco Middle School, offered succinct, practical advice to classmates during a speech competition this week. “Choose wisely,” she said, referring to Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram activities. Zoe placed first in a field of 30 sixth-,… Read More
Moments after Dr. Mae C. Jemison stepped on stage Thursday morning at the Tampa Convention Center, she had the audience hanging on her every word. The former NASA astronaut and first African-American woman in space spoke to nearly 4,300 people about empowerment and racial and gender issues in STEM programs. She… Read More
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to the University of South Florida to continue its work improving student success in majors related to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Read More
Florida created more jobs in October than in any single month in the past decade, according to the state Department of Economic Opportunity. The statewide unemployment rate was down to 5.1 percent, the lowest in seven years, state figures show. Florida created 36,600 private-sector jobs in October. The unemployment rate… Read More