Science

Leggett helps former teacher with science video

Leggett helps former teacher with science video

West Navarre Intermediate teacher Ryan Duphiney figured it was a long shot, but he reached out to Jordan Leggett about helping with a science video for his class. Leggett was in the middle of finalizing everything for his wedding in Santa Rosa Beach but agreed to drive over to Navarre the Tuesday after spring break […]

‘Science is for girls’

‘Science is for girls’

With tiaras on their heads and lab coats on their shoulders, hundreds of girls got up close with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) March 12 during GEEKS Night at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. GEEKS, which stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge, was created by south Santa Rosa educators in partnership with the […]

Holley Navarre Middle dominates Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Holley Navarre Middle dominates Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Holley Navarre Middle School dominated the competition Thursday night at the 64th Annual West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair taking the most 1stplace wins and Special Awards. Mrs. Huggins won the Teacher award at the 64th annual West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She is also a Leader for Girl Scout Troop 807. […]

Science station teaches first manatee skeleton lessons

Science station teaches first manatee skeleton lessons

More than playing with bones, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station made another first last week as fifth graders visiting the station got hands on with a real-life manatee skeleton. The activity is led by high school dual enrollment students, and station Director Charlene Mauro said the activity is the first time fifth graders have […]

West Navarre’s Nelson achieves Rookie of the Year

West Navarre’s Nelson achieves Rookie of the Year

West Navarre Intermediate School teacher Dustin Nelson has been awarded the 2018 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced the fifth-grade science teacher for the award Wednesday during their Rookie of the Year Reception. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

UWF breaks ground on Laboratory Sciences Annex

UWF breaks ground on Laboratory Sciences Annex

The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering broke ground Jan. 5 on a Laboratory Sciences Annex, which will be connected to the Life Sciences Laboratory on the Pensacola campus to provide additional space for classroom and wet research lab needs. The $26.26 million, state-of-the-art facility, comprising 52,790 gross square feet, […]

Wells aims to spark scientific passion

Wells aims to spark scientific passion

  More than a decade ago, Tina Wells could be found at Eglin Air Force Base working with a variety of dead pathogens. She was an epidemiologist doing secret work for the U.S. Department of Defense, studying how certain strains of illnesses traveled and spread when released into the air. When that work wrapped up, […]

Medicine goes old school

Medicine goes old school

These days it seems that everything is retro. Or vintage. Or old school. We are inspired by days past and it hits every part of the market: fashion, entertainment, automobiles. Even Miller Lite saw its sales skyrocket and market share grow when it went back to the 1970s can logo. The latest thing to go […]

School district outlines plan for Innovation High

School district outlines plan for Innovation High

Northwest Florida is home to dozens of companies that require highly skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. To meet that need, Santa Rosa County School District has proposed the creation of Innovation High School. This new STEM-centric school would focus on preparing students for these careers through rigorous curriculum without the […]

Volunteers press on with Great Scallop Search

Volunteers press on with Great Scallop Search

While severe weather conditions have canceled parts of this year’s Great Scallop Search in Santa Rosa Sound, volunteers with the UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension Santa Rosa County office will take to the surf again Saturday in hopes of finding seagrass-dwelling bay scallops. The Great Scallop Search is an annual event put on by the […]

STEAM celebrates successful second year

STEAM celebrates successful second year

As the second year of STEAM education in the Santa Rosa County school system comes to a close, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick can say with confidence that the program has exceeded expectations. “We started this with goals to develop students who could facilitate, collaborate and be innovative,” Wyrosdick said. “It has far surpassed our expectations and […]

Science honors society rocks Navarre High

Science honors society rocks Navarre High

The Navarre High School lunchroom was packed Saturday morning as children of all ages foamed, dissected and explored science experiments under the guidance of high school honors students. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Girls empowered to pursue STEAM careers

Girls empowered to pursue STEAM careers

In scientific and mathematical fields, males out number females 4 to 1. A study published in the journal Science found that by the time girls are 6 years old, they believe males are more likely to be “really, really smart” than females. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Santa Rosa hosts education innovation event

Santa Rosa hosts education innovation event

More than 100 educators and innovators from all over the country and even outside the U. S. flocked to Santa Rosa County schools Tuesday to experience firsthand how the school district is revolutionizing the teaching of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.) Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Holley-Navarre Middle School students heading to state science fair

Holley-Navarre Middle School students heading to state science fair

Eight Holley-Navarre Middle School students are headed to the state science fair. Lauren Bautista, Kate Fey, Callista Salazar, Donovyn Ray, Regan Rudzki, Angel Morris, Kavay Howell and Avery Ottley are the state qualifiers. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

WeatherSTEM brings real world data to the classroom

WeatherSTEM brings real world data to the classroom

For students of Santa Rosa County, complex weather data are at their fingertips thanks to four WeatherSTEM units posted at schools in the south end of the county. Though these poles sticking out of the dirt covered in electronics might not seem interesting, they are bursting with information on temperature, wind, barometric pressure, rainfall, lightning […]

Santa Rosa offers free adult high school program

Santa Rosa offers free adult high school program

For Santa Rosa County residents looking to complete their high school diploma the county library system offers a free solution that can be completed in under a year. Career High School Online is an accredited online classroom through Cengage company designed to allow adults to complete their diploma without having to repeat courses they have […]

High schoolers prep for tests to determine college future

High schoolers prep for tests to determine college future

As the second half of the school year looms on the horizon, many high school juniors are gearing up for college preparation while seniors finalize their plans for post-graduation. For many students, part of that planning involves taking the ACT or SAT. Most universities and colleges require a score on at least one of these […]

Are you the next female STEM star? Scholarships worth $200,000

Are you the next female STEM star?  Scholarships worth $200,000

PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox announce “The Search For Hidden Figures” contest to discover emerging female visionaries in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and you have until Dec. 10 to enter. The contest is inspired by the upcoming film “Hidden Figures” and will award up to $200,000 in scholarships to promising female leaders. This […]

Students gain real-world, know-how in bot building competition

Students gain real-world, know-how in bot building competition

First time competitors Gulf Breeze High School took third place with their hand built robot Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Emerald Coast BEST Robotics Competition at the University of West Florida, beating out 20 of the 23 other schools from five counties in northwest Florida. Two of the other top placers hailed from Santa Rosa […]

Spooky science teaches children conservation

Spooky science teaches children conservation

Creepy goo, slimy dissections and mysterious organisms; this year’s Science Spooktacular got children of all ages hands on with dozens of labs and activities focused on teaching science and conservation Friday and Saturday at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS). The event featured dozens of Halloween themed booths focused on exposing children to science […]

Homeschoolers get hands on at science festival

Homeschoolers get hands on at science festival

Hundreds of homeschoolers throughout the Southeast gathered at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) Friday, Oct. 14 to touch and explore at the Homeschool Ocean Science Mini Festival. The festival featured a variety of learning experiences scattered throughout the station as well as the coast of the Santa Rosa Sound. Visitors hailed from local […]

STEAM Innovate launches year two

STEAM Innovate launches year two

Santa Rosa County students will be able to tour the home of a middle-class family in Africa through virtual reality or witness the impressive forces of a train hitting a car from inside the vehicle or even submit the tire design for NASA’s next Mars rover. And it is all thanks to STEAM Innovate. The […]

Testing creates accountability in schools

Testing creates accountability in schools

Navarre High School Principal Brian Noack gives a simple answer in regards to his thoughts on the number of tests students take each year. “I believe without a doubt that students are over-tested,” Noack said. Noack has no problem with tests being done in the schools. He understands the purpose behind them. “As an educator […]

Local 4-Hers “hit it with their best shot”

Local 4-Hers “hit it with their best shot”

Sharp public speaking skills and an intimate knowledge of shot guns meant a state 4-H victory for two Santa Rosa teen ladies at this summer’s State 4-H Competition. Katie Carmichael, 18 and Sydney English, 15, took first place at the state competition for their presentation of “Hit it With Your Best Shot” an illustrated talk, […]

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

Holley-Navarre Intermediate school teacher Lauren Goodin participated in interactive activities and workshops focused on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) July 14-17 during the 2016 Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion. The program was part of a five-year partnership between the Santa Rosa County School District and Discovery Education for the STEAM INNOVATE! Initiative. STEAM adds […]

Local businesses partner with school STEAM programs

Local businesses partner with school STEAM programs

Businesses of Santa Rosa will open their doors to students this school year to provide practical science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics learning through the school district’s STEAM INNOVATE business partnership program. Partnering businesses will provide experts to advise students, allow students to tour their facilities, provide internships and give them real world problems to […]

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

For the first time in 12 years, Santa Rosa County School District’s grade has dropped from an A to a B ranking for the 2015-2016 school year according to reports released Friday, July 15, by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Santa Rosa joined the ranks of roughly 43 percent of school districts whose rank […]

Pooler readies to blast off to space camp

Pooler readies to blast off to space camp

Jason Pooler turned in his application for the Air Force Services Activity Advanced Space Academy-Aviation Challenge on deadline day back in April. He played the waiting game from there, learning that he had been selected for the camp at the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., in late May. The Navarre High […]

Bioblitz, a science-fantastic hit for all ages

Bioblitz, a  science-fantastic hit for all ages

It didn’t take long for the interest in science to be generated at the inaugural Bioblitz May 21 at Naval Live Oaks, which is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. “Right before the start, we had a broadhead Gecko sitting there and everyone just started taking pictures,” said Susan Teel, the Chief of Resource […]