School Supports STEM Outreach
FUTURE PHYSICISTS OF FLORIDA INDUCTED
Thirteen Brown Barge Middle School students who have a passion for physics were formally inducted into the Future Physicists of Florida during a ceremony in November. Applauding their efforts and recognizing them for their academic achievements were their parents, teachers, Escambia County and UWF administrators.
The organization, founded earlier this year with the help of the Florida Legislature, has partnered with UWF, Florida A&M University, Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College to establish the first two chapters in Pensacola and Tallahassee. This program is dedicated to preparing middle- and high-school students for future careers in science, technology, engineering or math disciplines before they enter college.
"This is an example of a unique STEM outreach taking place throughout Florida, and we're excited that UWF is playing an important role," said UWF assistant physics professor Aaron Wade who also serves as one of the organizers across the state.
The program also included a tour of the Science and Engineering building, poster presentations by the 2012 High School Summer Physics Research Program and demonstrations by the Society of Physics. The program will help the students determine which courses they need to take in middle and high school to get on track to succeed as a STEM major in college, and ultimately in a STEM career field. More info: Visit www.futurephysicistsfl.org.
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