We launched our first elementary based program during the 2014-2015 school year. Our program is in partnership with the Orange County education system and conveniently located at Citrus Elementary, at 87 North Clarke Rd. in Ocoee.
Citrus is a dynamic and industrious school located in the transitioning community of Ocoee. As a result, our student body is very diverse and in need unique learning opportunities. The after-school science club at Citrus is possible because of the commitment of parents, staff, and community members who volunteer their time.
The Future Generation STEM (FGSTEM) Academy, Inc., (a small non-profit organization) provides financial support so we can take students on educational field trips to places like the Science Center and the Kennedy Space Center, FGSTEM also provide materials for experiments and engineering projects. One of our most successful community involvement projects is our Science Night at Citrus.
Our mission is to enhance the development of our next generation of innovators, technology professional, and entrepreneurs by offering an educational curriculum to stimulate and nurture aspiring you student's interest in science technology, engineering, and mathematics. Using a supplemental educational model, our goal is to provide students with hands -on experiences across a wide spectrum of technical areas to better understanding and preparing for careers in STEM.
FGSTEM is in the process of growth and expansion of services. Questions and input from our partners, children and parents are always welcome.
We would not be able to accomplish our mission without the generous support of like minded organizations and individuals.
Our students don't use "toys"; we use the real thing. When it was time to learn about solar energy, the students assembled their own solar panels and used them to collect energy from the sun. They also learned how to convert this energy into light energy and how to store some of this energy in 12 volt batteries for later use. Thanks Duke Energy for making this a marvelous real life learning opportunity.
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Explore computer science. You don’t need to be a professional to create computer Apps! Help your child learn basic computer science principles with these easy-to-use computer science platforms. PLTW’s computer science curriculum developers recommend these resources:
Scratch Jr. (PreK-3) – Scratch Jr. is a free App available on both iPad and Android tablets that allows even the youngest students to learn to code.
Scratch (grades 3-9) – Scratch is a free platform for students to program interactive stories, games, and animations. All you need is a laptop and creativity.
App Inventor (grades 5+) – This platform allows students to create their own Apps in less than an hour. To use, you’ll need two devices: a Web browser on computer, as well as an Android device. Both must be able to access the same wireless Internet network.
Tynker (grades 4-5) – Tynker is a blocks-based programming platform available on desktops, laptops, and tablets that helps students learn to code. Both free and paid memberships are available.
Lightbot – Lightbot is an educational video game for learning software programming concepts. Paid versions ($2.59-$4.99) exist for both Apple and Android tablets, as well as Windows and Mac devices.
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