Started by high-school students from Lakewood High in St. Petersburg Florida, FLASTEM fosters learning of STEM with a focus in Computing (STEM+C) and Robotics for K-8 students and provide connected learning opportunities to a diverse group of elementary and middle school students. The program is run by high-school students who have a background in robotics and computer science and a passion for serving their local communities as role models for K-8 students. More information can be found on the website www.flastem.com.
The 2015-2016 school year was the first year of FLASTEM outreach activities, and already it has left a mark upon the community. Through the informal, self-guided, and hands-on activities in coding and robotics – from workshops at Highpoint Elementary, to a teacher training at the Largo Admin Building, to an hour of code session at Baypoint Middle, we have reached out to over 250 students and teachers across the school district. To conclude our first year’s activities, we are organizing the Inaugural FLASTEM Technology Challenge for the rising 5th through 9th-grade students in the Tampa Bay region. Through this community event, we hope to increase the participation of girls and underrepresented minority in technology and computer programming. Learn more at http://www.flastem.com/2016-tech-challenge.html. We are seeking local businesses to sponsor individual or team awards in various categories. If you or your business is interested, please contact us at email@example.com.