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An initiative of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council

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The stemCONNECT Web portal is designed to assist teachers, parents, STEM coordinators and students in learning more about STEM initiatives in Florida. This will directly connect them with STEM experts who can share their knowledge about high tech career fields.

stemCONNECT’s FREE statewide resource database allows users to find existing programs or submit their own STEM groups and organizations to the site. Sorted by activities or types of organizations, the resources are added and maintained by STEM managers with the approval of stemCONNECT website administrators.

Through the FREE Experts in the Classroom program, teachers can request STEM experts to speak with their students through online video conferencing about any number of topics relating to high tech. Scientists and researchers from Corridor universities, state colleges and local industry will volunteer their time to discuss their specific topic of expertise using stemCONNECT’s easy-to-use, virtual platform. Subjects can include any STEM application—the possibility of life on Mars, how various chemical reactions can create alternative forms of energy, the physics of making video games, the math of medicine or nearly anything in between. Using Web video conferencing, these presentations can include live or taped video, slides and other movie formats as if the speaker were directly in the classroom. Students will be able to ask questions and interact with the speaker from their office or laboratory. stemCONNECT administrators will work with each teacher to select a suitable expert to speak to their classroom through online video conferencing at a predetermined time. The meeting will be controlled by stemCONNECT administrators (usually remotely) so that there is no interference in the conversation. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council will provide additional instructions and training prior to the stemCONNECT session.

What Technology Do I Need to Participate?

stemCONNECT has licensed the technology which allows for classrooms and experts to interact with each other throughout the presentation. If multiple teachers are interested in participating in the same virtual lesson, a simultaneous feed into each classroom can be arranged.

Participating classrooms and experts need:

  • A computer (classrooms will also need a connected projector for classroom viewing and speakers for audio)
  • High-Speed Internet connection
  • If needed, a Web camera with microphone will be provided by stemCONNECT

 




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