We launched our first elementary based program during the 2014-2015 school year. This was done in partnership with Orange County Public Schools and Citrus Elementary School.
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.
Heritage Preparatory School was founded in 1969 to provide spiritual, academic, athletic and fine arts training for students in Orange County, Lake County, Osceola, Seminole and all of Central Florida. Heritage also has I-20 capability and educates international students from South America, Korea, China and the Caribbean. They are an accredited Christian school with a small average class size of only 15 students, and 90 percent of Heritage graduates continue into higher learning. Heritage offers a K-12 college preparatory, Bible based education that meets Florida qualification for the Bright Futures Scholarships, and we are competitive in several sports through the Florida Christian Conference. Call today, and discover the benefits of one of the best Christian Schools in Orlando.
Future Generation STEM 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. We also provide materials for experiments and engineering projects. One of our most successful community involvement projects is our Science Night we are very proud to state more then 30 hand-on stations were created with input from the students in the program. These stations were hosted by the children along with their parents, and community donors and volunteers.
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 preparating for careers in STEM.
While our program focuses on getting the children to consider careers in STEM and providing hands on learning experiences, we are also very committed to helping them become conscientious consumers of the Earth’s natural resources. We courage and facilitate investigations into the natural sciences, take nature walks, plant gardens, and of course care for animals.
America’s genius has been nurtured by nature—by, space, both physical and mental. What happens to the nation’s intrinsic creativity and therefore the economy, when future generations are so restricted that they no longer have room to stretch? One might argue that the Internet has replaced the woods, in terms of inventive space, but no electronic environment stimulated all the senses...Nature is imperfectly perfect, filled with loose pars and possibilities, with mud and dust, nettles and sky, transcendent hands-on moments and skinned knees.
--Author Richard Louv
Last Child in the Woods
Ms. Eileen Tramontana, Executive Director, Trout Lake nature Center
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.
FOUNDATION FOR ORANGE
CITRUS ELEMENTARY PTA
COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
DUKE ENERGY COMPANY
LOWES HOME IMPROVEMENT
We cannot say enough about the adults who choose to associate and donate their time and skills to this program. Their level of commitment to educating and equipping children for the future is truly amazing to behold.
FGSTEM was founded on volunteerism. We continue to foster and grow this portion of the program by developing future leaders. Many of the lessons developed and taught during the summer program were provided by youth volunteers. This was done with the goal of allowing them to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and strengthen leadership skills. Sometimes it is best for us to get out of the children’s way so their greatness can happen and develop with a little help and encouragement from us. They still see beauty and wonder in the common things around us.
Our goal is to create a warm, open environment where students feel safe enough to ask questions, explore and seek answers. We challenge every student to surpass his or her own personal best and help them over the hills and through the valleys of these growing years. FGSTEM is particularly proud of its diversity and takes every opportunity to celebrate those characteristics that make us different.
The children are the priority of our board members, teachers and volunteers. We are committed to assisting their holistic development.
Each lab session is staffed by at least one certified teacher and a trained volunteer. Additionally, expert presenters attend sessions to share experiences and give presentations on a variety of topics.