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

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Summer Challenges Stimulate Learning for FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Rural High School Students

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Business, civic, and industry leaders help set the course for innovative STEM initiative.

The group known as “Florida’s STEM 30 @ 30,000 Feet” will...
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UF 2012 Summer Programs for High School Students 

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Defining STEM for Florida

A Strategic Initiative of STEMflorida, Inc...
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FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Calendar of Events for Students, Educators and Parents.

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Panhandle Area Educational Consortium
753 West Boulevard
Chipley, FL 32428
(850) 638-6131
Heartland Educational Consortium
1096 US Highway 27 North
Lake Placid, Florida - 33852
(863) 531-0444
North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC)
3841 Reid St. Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 329-3800
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Florida’s increasingly knowledge-based economy is driven by innovation – the foundation of which lies in a dynamic and well-educated workforce equipped with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Florida, like much of the rest of the United States, is failing to develop an adequate supply of workers with the STEM skill sets needed across a range of industries and emerging segments of the innovation economy. For Florida to not only recover and sustain its economy, but to also be a competitor in world markets, it is imperative that connectivity between and integration of business, education and other stakeholders be increased.

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