ART & INNOVATION
Inspiring innovation requires stepping up as the early adopter of ground-breaking trends and emerging developments in this landscape we call education. Our increased focus on preparing our students from kindergarten through high school for college and future careers aligns with Sarasota County Schools’ goals and the community’s needs.
INNOVATION HUBS/DIGITAL LEARNING LABS
Innovation Hubs at Laurel Civic Association and Janie’s Garden. Digital Learning Labs at youth organizations and community partner sites around Sarasota County. STEM programming including 3D printing, robotics, virtual reality at Innovation Hubs.
The #SRQHacks Hackathon is an intense, three-day program that joins together middle and high school students with talented community mentors to solve problems using technology.
Each spring, elementary and middle school students have an opportunity to showcase their STEM skills through participation in the annual regional STEM Fair. Community volunteers participate in judging the projects and the top middle and high school finalists move on to compete at the State Science Fair and even the Intel State and Intel National Championships and VEX Competitions.
The STEMSmart Summit is a one day, career-technical education competition providing teams of middle and high school students an opportunity to compete in a cross-section of STEM focused categories including health care, web and logo design, 3D CAD design, engineering design and STEM business plan creation. The STEMSmart Summit not only tests students’ technical skills but provides experience with real-world interactions they might encounter in future STEM careers. Dozens of volunteer judges from the local business and education community evaluate students’ performance providing constructive feedback and an opportunity for mentoring in their field of expertise.