STEAM Education

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics teacher Pamela Rose said it is not good enough to just teach her students. She wants to help them feel safe and grow. Rose has been named Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) Teacher of the Year by a vote of her peers. Though she held other careers in her life, Rose got into teaching […]

Holley Navarre Middle highlights STEAM careers

Holley Navarre Middle highlights STEAM careers

Holley Navarre Middle School hosted their annual Career Fair Oct. 17. Students had the opportunity to meet with professionals from a variety of fields including engineers, a veterinarian, a scientist, an entrepreneur, a journalist and much more. They also took part in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities such as using 3-D printers […]

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

Schools are not what they used to be, and Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is appealing to business owners to help continue that trend through the E3: Excite, Engage, Experience program. “So much has changed in the 11 years I’ve been superintendent, and so much will change in the next ten years,” he said. […]

Students make mark with STEAMy mural

Students make mark with STEAMy mural

While most students were enjoying a break from school over the summer, eleventh-graders Allyson Wood, Jake Hughes and Terius Calvin spent weeks hard at work in the halls of Navarre High School. They were not taking summer school or practicing for an extracurricular activity or sport.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 […]

One man’s trash is Camp Invention’s treasure

One man’s trash is Camp Invention’s treasure

In a pile of used cardboard, bottles and other tossed-aside items, children dig about, grabbing handfuls and turning items over and over in their hands. This was the scene last week in a hallway of West Navarre Intermediate School.       Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

‘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 […]

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

As students at West Navarre Primary look at an online map in Marsha Harp’s classroom, three bear sightings pop up thanks to the magic of Geographic Information System software. The students are amazed. It brings The Bear Project they are working on to life in one more way. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

As primary election voting inches closer, the window is closing for school board candidates to win over voters. All three of the school board seats up for grabs will be decided on the primary ballot Aug. 28, and votes in the race can be cast as early as Aug. 13. For much of the race, […]

Education innovators take flight during STEAMtastic Saturday

Education innovators take flight during STEAMtastic Saturday

Some brightly colored tissue paper, a handful of glue sticks and one camping propane burner can teach children the basics of engineering, data collection and teamwork. A toy drone can illustrate the concepts of physics and principles of flight. Read the full article in the May 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Odyssey of the Mind teams crush competition

Odyssey of the Mind teams crush competition

  Fourth and fifth-grade students were challenged to engineer from scratch a structure to support more than 100 pounds in one of many challenges in this year’s Odyssey of the Mind. The catch? The structure itself must weigh less than 15 grams. Read the full article in the April 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Santa Rosa girls get GEEKy

Santa Rosa girls get GEEKy

Woodlawn Beach Middle School rolled out the red carpet and passed out tiaras Feb. 22 as hundreds of young women with a spark for science were welcomed to the second annual GEEKS Science Night. GEEKS stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Read the full article in […]

Levin gifts $8 million estate to UWF

Levin gifts $8 million estate to UWF

  In a historic donation, Pensacola-based attorney Fred Levin announced Friday the gift of his multimillion-dollar home and estate to the University of West Florida. The 7,500-square-foot waterfront home, located on Bayou Texar, is known as Timeless Tanglewood. The donation also includes much of the renovated home’s contents, including works of art and collectors’ items. […]

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

After 50 years, $50 million was just not enough. The University of West Florida celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a goal-smashing $64.4 million Capital Campaign, raised by almost 20,000 donors, including 55 planned gifts and nearly $18 million in scholarships. “We are truly grateful for the generosity of the community we serve, the alumni we […]

Dantin helps students blossom in the garden

Dantin helps students blossom in the garden

Teaching was not Jennifer Dantin’s first career choice but it might be her best one. For most of her adult life her primary jobs had been secretarial work and caring for her two children, but at 38 years old, Dantin decided to go back to school. “I thought teaching would be a way to influence […]

Growing gardens and healthy living skills

Growing gardens and healthy living skills

Snack time and lunch are always exciting parts of the day for kids at school. Would it be shocking to hear that students at our schools are choosing salad for their lunch? Would it be even crazier to hear they are eating salad made from plants they had planted and harvested themselves? That’s exactly what […]

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

For the first time in any U.S. school district, Santa Rosa County has launched STEAM-centric learning into all public schools in the district. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. These are the core subjects of the school district’s STEAM Innovate program. Teachers and administrators celebrated the launch of the program’s third year […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze Middle School students end their school day at 1:35 p.m. leaving a significant gap between the time students are free and the time most parents finish their work shift. This caused a bit of a problem for the compact community said Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation Director Ron Pulley. “Basically the middle schoolers […]

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Cassie Nolan moved over to Holley-Navarre Primary this school year and has brought her popular Raider Role Models program with her. A fourth-grade teacher at the intermediate school the last three years, Nolan teaches kindergarten now and is looking forward to having Navarre High football players come to the school once a week to work […]

Teacher gains know-how at DENSI

Teacher gains know-how at DENSI

Before going back to school, West Navarre Primary School first-grade teacher Sasha Tiwari got schooled herself. She was selected to join 150 educators from around the world in July at the University of California, San Diego for the annual Discovery Education Network Summer Institute (DENSI). DENSI is an extension of the Discovery Education program utilized […]

Students STEAM through summer

Students STEAM through summer

Would you trust an 11-year-old to design life-saving buffers along U.S. Highway 98? Would you let a 14-year-old design your home? Fourth-grade teacher Marci Kennison might tell you to rethink your answer. At the second annual Santa Rosa School District STEAM Camp that is exactly what students set  out to do. Woodlawn Beach Middle School […]

West Navarre students’ end of year projects wow

West Navarre students’ end of year projects wow

West Navarre Intermediate School students in Janet Bryan’s and Jessica Teague’s classes closed out the school year with a hands-on project to wow their parents. Bryan’s class created Neon Navarre. This underwater –themed display glowed with black light paint turning the students’ classroom into a foreign looking nightscape. Read the full article in the June […]

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 […]

Holley Navarre Primary School second-graders create arcade

Holley Navarre Primary School second-graders create arcade

Though it appeared to be cardboard and chaos, Holley-Navarre Primary School second-graders got a lesson in force, motion and engineering Friday as they tested and presented their own arcade games. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.     […]

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

State dollars dedicated to helping Florida’s highest poverty schools achieve academic success could have to stretch a little farther thanks to legislation passed by the Florida House of Representatives last week. The new legislation, HB 7101, would require the district to allocate a larger percentage of Title I dollars directly to a larger number of […]