FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
CONFERENCE TO HONOR STATE’S TOP STEM STUDENTS IN ORLANDO
Tallahassee, Fla., February 20, 2013 – Florida’s highest-achieving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students will join their peers from around the state Thursday and Friday in Orlando to be honored during the 2013 Sunshine State Scholars program. The two-day awards and recruitment event celebrates the accomplishments of these elite students and provides a unique venue for Florida’s colleges and universities to recruit their talents. Each school district selects the top eleventh-grade STEM scholar to participate.
The Sunshine State Scholars program is a collaboration between the Florida Education Foundation, the Division of Florida Colleges, the State University System of Florida, and the Florida Department of Education. Event sponsors of this year’s program include AT&T, State Farm, Helios Education Foundation, Universal Orlando Resort, Gulf Power Company, The Florida Lottery, Florida Trend Magazine, and Capital City Bank. For more information about the event, visit Sunshine State Scholars.
WHAT: Sunshine State Scholars Program
WHERE: Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd.
WHAT: Welcome Reception
WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Dr. Tony Bennett, Florida Commissioner of Education
Kasongo Butler, Assistant Chancellor, Florida College System
Stacy Carlson, Vice President and Program Director, Helios Education Foundation
WHAT: Morning General Session
WHEN: Friday, February 22, 2013
Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator, Gulf Power
Kathleen Shanahan, State Board of Education member
Chancellor Frank Brogan, State University System of Florida
Concurrent Exhibits, Recruitment Fair, and Workshops
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Educator Professional Development focused on STEM and Common Core
9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Parent and Scholar Workshops
9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
WHAT: Awards Luncheon
WHEN: 12:00 p.m.
Marshall Criser, III, President of AT&T
Jim Thompson, President, State Farm of Florida
Florida Senator David Simmons
Adam Dalton, Research Associate, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 individuals who work in education throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.