Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction
Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction
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Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) EducationThe Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction (BCI) works collaboratively with the Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the Bureau of School Improvement (BSI) to define research-based state education policy and programs for the state of Florida and increase student knowledge and performance in STEM related content areas.
Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) GrantsThe Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) Program is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers through partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty in institutions of higher education. Other partners may include state education agencies, public charter schools or other public schools, businesses, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations concerned with mathematics and science education. ). MSP programs focus on the following priorities:
- The education of STEM teachers as a career-long process through lesson study;
- Bringing STEM teachers together with scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to improve their content knowledge and teaching skills; and
- Developing more rigorous STEM curricula that are aligned to Florida's standards for mathematics through integration and application of STEM concepts and skills.
For more information on the MSP program, go to the U.S. Department of Education's MSP program webpage.
What Constitutes a STEM Program of Study?
A Guide for Florida's Public Schools (PDF, 118KB)
The acronym STEM is fairly specific in nature referring to science, technology, engineering and mathematics; however, the concept of STEM encompasses much more than the sum of its parts. Workers in STEM occupations use science and math to solve problems and drive our nation's innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. STEM programs of study are typically classified based upon four occupational clusters: computer technology; mathematical sciences; engineering and surveying; and natural, physical and life sciences. STEM programs in Florida's Public Schools must embrace the integration of technology and engineering in science and mathematics.
StandardsThe Common Core State Standards for Mathematics were adopted by the Florida State Board of Education on July 27, 2010. These standards are to be fully implemented with the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
- 2010 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (Common Core) Mathematics
- 2007 Mathematics Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
- Countdown to the Common Core
- Common Core Weekly Tips
The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science were adopted by the Florida State Board of Education in February 2008.
FrameworksFlorida is taking a systematic approach to identifying "STEM" career and technical education programs based on STEM occupations. Programs that lead directly to STEM occupations or are included in a career path that leads to a STEM occupation identified through national and state research and labor market information have been identified at http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/dwdframe/stem_cluster_frame11.asp. As further research is completed, this list continues to evolve. Programs that meet the Race to the Top criteria for STEM programs are included on this list and are annotated as such.
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) - Mathematics Formative Assessment System (MFAS)The Mathematics Formative Assessment System for the K-3 Common Core State Standards (K-3 MFAS-CCSS) is designed to support effective teaching and learning of more rigorous K-3 mathematics concepts associated with the Common Core State Standards, and for all students, higher mathematics achievement and a stronger conceptual foundation essential to the development of advanced mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Teachers practicing formative assessment ask students to perform tasks, explain their reasoning and prove their solution. The evidence gathered enables teachers to differentiate instruction based on students' cognitive strategies rather than solely on incorrect answers. Approximately 400 tasks will be available for K-3 teacher this summer. In addition, this project has been expanded to include grades 4-8, Algebra 1, and Geometry.
FloridaLearns STEM Scholars (FLSS)Recognizing the need for small and rural districts to enhance STEM curricula for gifted and talented secondary students, the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC), in partnership with the Heartland Educational Consortium (HEC), and the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) will implement the FloridaLearns STEM Scholars (FLSS) program. This program includes innovation to make more rigorous STEM courses available, STEM Summer Challenges led by university staff and STEM professionals, increased opportunities for real-world STEM problem-solving and research, and academic and career guidance from qualified counselors. The program will also enhance educators' ability to provide instruction addressing specific learning needs and building on the strengths of each student. This initiative will enable nearly one thousand participating students to make informed career choices and create a framework to increase the likelihood of their success in post-secondary STEM curricula or in the workplace. Two significant by-products are the collaboration of students from across the state and the networks fostered among business, post-secondary, agency, military and education professionals.
Sunshine State ScholarsThe Sunshine State Scholars program recognizes Florida's top STEM students and introduces them to the vast postsecondary and career opportunities available right here in their home state. The list below is the minimum selection criteria for district scholars as well as an alternate from each district. Districts may establish additional criteria for selection as appropriate.
- The student has achieved Junior class status and has an interest in pursuing postsecondary education opportunities in Florida.
- The student has expressed or demonstrated an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related studies.
- The student has a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.9 or higher.
- Based upon information available at this point in time the student should be on track to qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars Award according to the current guidelines established for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingThe Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. We are pleased to announce Florida's 2013 Presidential Award finalists for grades 7-12 mathematics and science.
Florida's 2013 Grades 7-12 Mathematics Finalists
- Sandra Daire from Ada Merritt K-8 Center in Miami-Dade County
- Robin O'Brien from Seminole Ridge Community High School in Palm Beach County
- Sue Traynham from Walter L. Sickles High School in Hillsborough County
Florida's 2013 Grades 7-12 Science Finalists
- John Clark from Deltona High School in Volusia County
- Guillermo Garcia from G.W. Carver Middle School in Miami-Dade County
- Carlos Montero from Dr. Michael Krop High School in Miami-Dade County
The National Science Foundation convenes a national selection committee composed of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science educators, district level personnel, and classroom teachers to review the applications of the state finalists and recommends one finalist in mathematics and one finalist in science from each state or jurisdiction. Florida's 2012 PAEMST finalist for K-6 mathematics and finalist for K-6 science should be announced soon.
For additional information please visit Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Florida State University Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FSU STEM)FSU STEM offers a variety of Summer Camps for students of all ages.
- Challenger Learning Center - First- through eighth-graders can attend RoboCamp (robots, Legos & more), Future Flyers (rocket camp), Astronaut Academy, and Zero-G Zone (all about aerospace)
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates - This 8-week summer internship program matches qualified undergraduate students with scientists and researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's three sites
- Saturday-at-the-Sea Summer Day Camp - Invited area high school students develop a research project based on observations made at the FSU Marine Lab during this one-week camp
- SciGirls Summer Camp - An award-winning, hands-on, two-week summer science camp for 10- to 16-year-old girls
- Young Scholars Program - High school students conduct advanced study and research in science, mathematics and computer science, and develop an individual research project under the mentorship of an FSU scientist during this 6-week, campus-based program
Websites for STEM Lesson Ideas
PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center: PBS offers the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds related to STEM learning through television and online content.
NASA STEM Program: As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in STEM education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future.
The STEM Education News: The STEM Education News (previously the TCEB or Triangle Coalition Electronic Bulletin) is an e-newsletter featuring articles on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Articles highlight the latest programs, resources, reports, and other news related to STEM education.
A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Academies Press): The Framework for K-12 Science Education was released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July 2011. The framework identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. The framework is also designed to be useful for curriculum and assessment designers, teacher educators, and others who work in K-12 science education.
Science Math Master (SM2) Model Lessons: Funded by Florida Teacher Quality Grant, the Science Math Master is a professional development program for high school Biology and Geometry teachers composed of face-to-face collaborative training workshops and on-line science and math resources for teachers, including modules, videos, coursework examples, demonstration ideas and curriculum tools.
Science Understanding, Math Mentoring Integrated with Technology (SUMMIT): Funded through the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant from the Florida Department of Education. The SUMMIT website includes lessons that were based on the 5E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate). The SUMMIT website also provides videos that serve as useful tools for teachers in the classroom.
Safety in the Science Classroom
Florida DEP School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3): includes Inventory Procedures, Chemical Inventory Spreadsheet, Table of Excessive Risk Chemicals, Disposal Guidelines for School Facilities, Identifying Unknown Chemicals in Science Labs, SC3 Basic Training Notebook, and SC3 Instructional Video.
NSTA Safety in the Science Classroom: access to the OSHA Training Requirements and Guidelines for K-14 School Personnel, Tips for the Safer Handling of Microorganisms in the School Science Laboratory, Science Demonstration Videos, and Safety Resources List.
NIOSH School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide: access to the safety guide School Science Laboratories: A Guide to Some Hazardous Substances developed by the Council of State Science Supervisors, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The document provides teachers with information to take the appropriate precautionary actions and prevent or minimize hazards, harmful exposures, and injuries in the laboratory.
Mathematics Program Specialist
Career and Technical Education Liaison
for the Division of Public Schools
Bureau of School Improvement
Differentiated Accountability STEM Coordinator