Sunshine state scholars program recognizes top STEM students
February 25, 2014 by Mark
On February 13 and 14, a program was held in Orlando to recognize the Sunshine State Scholars who were selected for the academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The top student in STEM in 11th grade was selected by each school district in Florida. These students, as well as their parents and teacher, were able to participate in the program. There were also 19 students from small rural districts that form part of the FloridaLearns Stem Scholars Initiative for Gifted and Talented Students.
During the two-day event, the students learned about the latest in research related to STEM, heard about special programs of study and internship opportunities in the industry and were recruited to be a part of the future talented workforce in Florida. They also met with students around the state who were just as interested in STEM as they were. Those from the FloridaLearns program had the opportunity to meet with college and university recruiters and successful professionals in industries related to STEM.
The Florida Education Foundation, working with the Florida College System, the Florida Department of Education, and the State University of Florida, sponsors the Sunshine State Scholars program, which was started in 1997.