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 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
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
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.