Sarasota/Bradenton – Suncoast Science Center (SSC) was selected to help Sarasota County Schools ‘Teacher of the Year’ to conduct a Robotics Challenge from an Ed Explore grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
The Robotics Challenge was performed on May 5– 9, 2014, using NXT LEGO Mindstorms technology. “With this grant we were able to engage 4th grade students to learn the basics of robotics, sensors and programming through the assistance of the Suncoast Science Center,” said Lisa Figueroa, Taylor Ranch Elementary science lab instructor. “The students were paired in a team to design their own program, as well as, recognize that science involves creativity in designing experiments.”
“The purpose of the Center is to assist teachers by providing equipment and outreach activities that stimulate curiosity and supports hands-on learning,” said Ping Faulhaber, executive director of Suncoast Science Center. “Engaging in science in a meaningful and applicable manner also helps to promote interest and curiosity in the natural world, creating innovative and critical thinkers, as well as a scientifically literate community.”
Suncoast Science Center (SSC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational consortium dedicated to the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our community. Our goal is to supplement public and private education with a science center that stimulates curiosity and supports hands-on learning. We bridge the gap between what schools provide and the knowledge necessary to meet the significant demand for STEM professionals. We partner with school boards, parents, businesses, and universities to encourage all children to be their best and brightest selves.
It all began with the Faulhaber Family Foundation and its passion for promoting and furthering the interest, education and exploration of science. The foundation supports many different facets of science exploration, experimentation and education—including science fairs and the STEMsmart TechActive classrooms.
The Faulhabers also created the Faulhaber Fab Lab and the Science Lending Library, a 501(c)(3) that allows teachers to borrow science equipment at no cost so students can conduct hands-on experiments in the classroom. For more information, please visit www.suncoastscience.org
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