Recognizing the need for small and rural districts to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula for gifted and talented secondary students, th

e Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC), in partnership with the Heartland Educational Consortium (HEC), and the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) will implement the FloridaLearns STEM Scholars (FLSS) program.

This program includes innovation to make more rigorous STEM courses available, STEM Summer Challenges led by university staff and STEM professionals, increased opportunities for real-world STEM problem-solving and research, and academic and career guidance from qualified counselors. The program will also enhance educators’ ability to provide instruction addressing specific learning needs and building on the strengths of each student. This initiative will enable participating students to make informed career choices and create a framework to increase the likelihood of their success in post-secondary STEM curricula or in the workplace. Two significant by-products are the collaboration of students from across the state and the networks fostered among business, post-secondary, agency, military and education professionals. More Info

Seaside Neighborhood School

At Seaside Neighborhood School we strive to provide all students with an opportunity to realize their full potential in a setting that is safe, orderly, and small enough that students feel recognized and nurtured. The school accomplishes this goal by offering a balanced and flexible curriculum. The success of Seaside Neighborhood School is due to its innovative educational program spearheaded by a certified professional faculty. More Info

Lego After School Robotics Competitions

Students in elementary, middle and high-school can really test their STEM skills through action-packed after school robotics competitions. LEGO® Education proudly supports FIRST, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring technology interest in today’s students, to support a global network of robotics competitions.

The FIRST participants are truly LEGO® Smart, and are building the skills needed to be our future leaders. More info.

Seaside takes on South after cleaning up in robotics competition

What do Seaside Neighborhood School, the 1980s film “Ghostbusters” and bug-grabbing robots have in common? Why, the Emerald Coast B.E.S.T. Robotics Competition, of course.

Now in its fifth year, the Seaside Robotics Team has worked out all the bugs, taking an overall win at the Emerald Coast B.E.S.T. Robotics Competition held Oct. 29 at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. The team edged out 20 adversaries to earn a spot in the South’s B.E.S.T. Competition to be held at Auburn University Dec. 2-3.

The Robotics B.E.S.T. competitions, Boosting Engineering Science and Technology, are a part of a larger Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) movement designed to sustain young students’ interest in these fields.

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FIRST Robotics Competition Program Highlights

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Now that Rebound Rumbleā„  has been revealed to teams, the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) season has kicked into high gear. This year, there’s a lot that’s new for teams. The game manual and Game Design Committee (GDC) Q&A are now hosted online in a searchable format and are available on mobile devices via iOS and Android. This new system makes access easier and more user friendly for team members. A group of four FRC Alumni from Diamond Bullet Studios developed a simulation of the 2012 FRC game that was used by the Game Design Committee during game development and which is currently available to all teams. The ability to play the game virtually in a physics-correct environment will open new doors for teams as they design their robot and develop strategies of play.

For the first time this year, the Kit of Parts includes product donation vouchers from the Automotive Recyclers Association, BaneBots, DigiKey, and Inventables which may be redeemed by teams for parts. Vouchers expand the potential list of Kit of Parts elements almost exponentially. Plus, FIRST Choice returns this year, bigger and better than ever before.

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