One of the best ways to get students interested in a career in STEM is providing them with ways to experience incredible discoveries hands-on. At Innovation Park, many of our residents, who are at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, provide opportunities for students to be inspired through shadowing, camps, and in-classroom exercises. Many of the programs offer outreach opportunities for K-12. Check out the organizations below to see what they have to offer.
For Students K-12
Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies
COAPS has a list of meteorology and Oceanography Presentation for K-12 Student and other youth groups. The different presentations are focused for different age groups. Presentations can be schedule by emailing email@example.com
COAPS also has other projects and videos that can be viewed on their website and used. They also have the Young Scholars Program at FSU and regularly hosts HS students in residential summer science and math program.
These programs are available to any students K-12.
Center for Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations
The Youth Health Leadership (YHL) is a signature program of the Child Obestsity Prevention Education (COPE) Project, funded by the Florida Blue Program and facilitated by the Center for Better Health and Life for Underserved Population. The purpose of YHL is to engage youth promoting and improving health and wellness through education and action in Tallahassee/ Leon County. YHL is open to high school students between the ages of 14 and 18, who are active members of a community organization and interested in health. Through this program, YHL member acquire knowledge and skills to help improve health of their peers, families and broader community.
This program is available to all high school students in Leon County
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Engineering Summer Programs
During late spring and summer, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is host to many summer camps for K-12 students. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offer camps designed to help increase awareness and exposure to careers in engineering offering programs to enrich career development and immersion and math, science and computer skills needed for pursuing careers in STEM majors. Some of the programs offered include, FIRST Lego League Scrimmages, Hackathons as well as Robotic Camps. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Summer opportunities for high school students from historically underrepresented and under-served populations also are offered through AEOP Research in Engineering & Apprenticeship Program.
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CROP: College Reach-Out Program For Engineering
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering College Reach-Out Program for Engineering is designed to increase the academic preparedness, college readiness, career, and technical competency skills for 6th through 12th-grade students in Leon and Wakulla counties who have an interest in engineering and technology. CROP-ENG activities include tutoring and mentoring services, Saturday Enrichment Academy, PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation workshops, College tours, a Parents’ Workshop Series, Design Competitions, Summer Engineering Camp Experiences, and Cultural and Academic Enrichment Field-trips.
Engineering Concepts Institute
The Engineering Concepts Institute (ECI) is an intensive six (6) week summer program of study for high school graduates who have applied and been accepted into the College of Engineering at either Florida A&M University or The Florida State University for a portion of the summer. The ECI goal is to prepare high school graduates (ECI Scholars) for successful completion of the first-year of college in a manner which will provide them with a solid foundation for the successful completion of an engineering degree program.
Technology Student Association
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TSA offers over 60 STEM competitions that take place at both state and national conferences.
For more information about any of these programs, contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum at (850) 410-6423.
The different programs listed above target students who are in middle school and high school. Look at the programs specifically to see additional stipulations.
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
The MagLab offers several different opportunities for young minds.
- MagLab Camp Tesla for (6th-9th graders) who have an interested in science and engineering and want to develop a better understand of physics
- SciGirls Coding Camp- expose girls in 6th-9th grade to computer sciences
- SciGirls Summer Camp offered to 2 different age groups- 6-7 graders and 8-9 graders- exposes them to a wide range of science disciplines with indoor experiences and outdoor field experiences and interactions with local scientists and science educators
Middle school mentorships– 10 week experience for middle schoolers to see how real-world science is conducted and what careers are available in the field. Mentors will work with them on a science project throughout the mentorship which culminates in a public presentation of their research to lab scientists, researchers, teachers, parents and the general public
Internships are available to high school students, college and technical program to help gain experience in physics, chemistry, engineering, materials research/ development, machining and biology. These internships are available during the summer and during the academic year.
Magnet Academy– Online database where demonstrations, videos, activities and more can be found. These materials allow for curious minds of all ages to explore all things electric and magnetic. There are activities available that can be done in a classroom, as well as at home. (https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/)
MagLab also offer classroom kits, classroom outreach and even field trips to the lab
The activities listed above target specific age groups. Look more closely to determine specific stipulations
National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center
SEAC staff participates in number local and regional events throughout the year, ranging from school and summer camp visits and teaching the Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badget jamborees to co-hosting and participating in large events and festivals like International Archaeology Day, St. Marks Stone Crab festival and more.
Under the National Park Service wide program- Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program, volunteers of high school ages and old can contribute to SEAC projects. This experience will let volunteers learn excavation techniques and how to process artifacts, which can help prepare them for a career in archeology or a related field. Click here to view volunteer opportunities.
The organization also participate in the NPS Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program, where teachers come to SEAC and work with their staff to develop school plans that use archaeology to help teach core social science, history, math and natural science concepts.