A celebration of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Guest blog by Florida Virtual School, Suzan Kurdak, Communications Specialist

Did you know that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can be found in almost every career field?

Whether you’re young or not so young, have you ever dreamed of creating a new ride at a theme park?  Designing something cool and creative like a web-based game?  Perhaps you love animals and think about what it would be like to train and work with them.  Do you like to help people and hope to invent new treatments or medications to cure diseases such as cancer?

Dream BIG, my friends! 

On behalf of Florida Virtual School, the Florida Department of Education and Elluminate Technology, we are excited to invite students, parents, educators and community members to the 3rd Annual STEM Career Fair on May 1 and 3, 2012, from 9 a.m. to noon.  

We have 12 wonderful presenters lined up for the 2012 STEM Fair and they come from a variety of different fields including geology, psychology, engineering, software development and even an elected public official.

With presenters from Busch Gardens-Tampa, NASA, Walt Disney World Imagineering and more, you are in for a treat if you “drop by” and listen in to a session or two.  

Our 21st century students have a great advantage that I actually envy. Virtual learning, mobile learning and blended learning options are preparing them to succeed in an increasingly tech-savvy working world.  

Students, take this opportunity to hear from REAL people about their REAL experiences in their fields. Our speakers are very excited about sharing their knowledge and are happy to offer a first-hand glimpse of what their role is like in their chosen career.  Ask questions, think ahead to your own future, and dream BIG! 

A special thanks to the Florida Department of Education and Elluminate for helping Florida Virtual School make the 2012 STEM Career Fair a reality for students across Florida!

Our presenter lineup is as follows:

 Tuesday, May 1, 2012
9:00 a.m. – Dr. Cindy Elliser, Marine Mammalogist and Master Instructor,  Clark Advanced Learning Center

9:30 a.m. – Valerie Shute, FSU Dept. of Educational Psychology and Learning System Professor

10:00 a.m. – Blaine Helmick, Web Game Designer 

10:30 a.m. – Jose Dominguez, Education & Conservation Supervisor & Cara Treadway, Education Specialist, Busch Gardens, Tampa

11:00 a.m. – Angel Price, Walt Disney World Imagineers

11:30 a.m. – Sarah Sprinkel, Commissioner, Winter Park

 Thursday, May 3, 2012

9:00 a.m. – Christopher P. Williams, Geologist with Florida Geological Survey, Department of Environmental Protection

9:30 a.m. – Dr. William A. Tyler III, Biology Professor, Indian River State College

10:00 a.m. – Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator, Gulf Power Company

10:30 a.m. – John Pocock, Software Engineer Consultant

11:00 a.m. – Devon Lucia, Walt Disney World Imagineers

11:30 a.m. – Katie Hixson, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow in Behavioral Health and Performance, Johnson Space Center, NASA

To enter the virtual STEM Career Fair, visit the FLVS Elluminate Room or copy and paste this link to your browser: www.tinyurl.com/FLVSCounselors.

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Letter from Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson to State Representative John Legg Regarding Bullying

Recently State Rep. John Legg from New Port Richey wrote to Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson about an issue that had taken on new meaning for the legislator when he learned of the suicide of a family friend who had been harassed at a New Jersey school. Commissioner Robinson responded with this letter.

Response to State Representative John Legg 4-9-12