STEM education

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and sometimes art (STEAM) have taken classrooms across the country and world by storm in recent years. For Santa Rosa County School District, this approach to teaching has been a core part of the education model since the STEAM Innovate program launched in 2015, making the district a trailblazer on […]

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Wild Sea Turtles took their underwater robot-building skills to national competition this weekend after securing first place at the SeaPerch Challenge regional contest earlier this year. For months the team members have been building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and practicing piloting it through a variety of challenges. Read the […]

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Marsha Harp was caught by surprise when she learned she had been named the Air Force Association Chapter #398 Hurlburt Teacher of the Year. A first-grade teacher at West Navarre Primary, she’s been named the elementary teacher of the year and the overall teacher of the year for her efforts in STEM education. Read the […]

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District have been challenged to embrace the language of computers in devising innovative solutions to problems as part of the Congressional App Challenge. Laura Rakas is helping to coordinate the local challenge on behalf of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s office. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of […]

Legion of Valor award puts Brown in select company

Legion of Valor award puts Brown in select company

Sarah Brown is in elite company. The commanding officer of Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit received the prestigious Legion of Valor for Outstanding Achievement Tuesday afternoon. Only 20 cadets out of 88,000 across the world are awarded it each year. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Director Charlene Mauro was named the 2018 SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator this month. The award is given to recognize the efforts of teachers across the country to promote local environmental education and preservation. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Cunningham shines bright among peers

Cunningham shines bright among peers

The selection came as a surprise for Katalina Cunningham. A Sunshine State Scholar representing the Santa Rosa County School District in Orlando later this year? Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

For the first time in the contest’s history, the Congressional App Challenge is open to students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents the district, has signed on for this year’s competition. His participation means that northwest Florida students in high school or earlier grades are eligible. Established in 2013, the […]

Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. enter a new era

Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. enter a new era

Technology is ever-changing and traditional youth groups such as the Girl Scouts are on board for evolving in a technology-based world. The organization announced it will be launching a program offering STEM badges that will cover topics in science, technology, engineering and math while mixing in STEM-related badges that involve the outdoors. Read the full […]

Gardening cultivates young minds

Gardening cultivates young minds

Eva Anderson teaches the Voluntary PreSchool Program at the YMCA. Anderson, who has been teaching for 17 years, built her third school garden this spring with the 2016-2017 VPK class. “It was a fun job to do. I know the children are excited about it,” Anderson said. “Gardens in schools can teach children a lot. […]

Despite gains, women’s pay still lags

Despite gains, women’s pay still lags

Women’s median income in the United States is less than that of men, and Google is facing legal action because of it. The U.S. Department of Labor has an ongoing investigation into alleged systemic compensation disparities by the tech company for paying female employees less than equally qualified male employees performing the same jobs. But […]

Gulf Breeze student receives scholar recognition

Gulf Breeze student receives scholar recognition

Gulf Breeze High School’s Richard Musca has been recognized as Santa Rosa’s Sunshine State Scholar. Pace High School nominated John Hammond and Navarre High School nominated Matthew Harshany. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Private education growing in Navarre area

Private education growing in Navarre area

Navarre could see the doors open at two new private school campuses this year. Gulf Pointe Academy is nearing the end of phase I construction of its K through 12 campus on East Bay Boulevard. This site includes three buildings with 16 classrooms on a 38-acre property. Read the full article in the March 30 […]

Navarre grad takes on Tallahassee

Navarre grad takes on Tallahassee

Navarre High School graduate Jake Hebert never intended to go into politics. His passion lay elsewhere, he says. But at the age of 22, Hebert has represented more than 341,000 university students, met with legislators at the state Capitol and lobbied for reforms of Florida’s university system. Read the full article in the March 30 […]

Education Foundation awards teachers $68,000 in grants

Education Foundation awards teachers $68,000 in grants

Of the 68 Santa Rosa teachers who received $1,000 grants from the Santa Rosa Education Foundation, 26 hail from schools in Navarre and Gulf Breeze. The grants are awarded each year to help teachers implement ideas in the areas of Artistic Literacy, Literacy, Career/Technical Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education with the […]

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 […]

Isaac Newton was a genius … but he couldn’t build a robot

Isaac Newton was a genius … but he couldn’t build a robot

Guest Opinion To paraphrase an old saying; Give a kid a toy and they might play for an afternoon … but, teach a kid to build a robot and they might change the world forever. Beth Hanning, and Brian “Mitch” Mitchell each served our country for many years in the U.S. Air Force. They have […]

Aerospace engineering era begins in Pensacola

Aerospace engineering era begins in Pensacola

Nearly five years after the dream was initiated of bringing an aerospace engineering facility to Pensacola, ground was broken on the VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. at the Pensacola Regional Airport Friday morning. Hiccups occurred along the way in terms of coordinating the project and coming up with a design for it, but when local […]

Navarre teacher now has 3D printer in science classroom

Navarre teacher now has 3D printer in science classroom

Cindy Thorpe has been a teacher for 28 years and never imagined the day would come when she would have a 3D printer in the classroom. Now, the Navarre High School science teacher can’t imagine her classroom without one as her AP Biology students have fallen in love with being able to print out a […]

UWF receives historic $5 million gift

UWF receives historic $5 million gift

The University of West Florida received the largest gift from a living donor in its history on Jan. 19. Longtime supporter Harold E. ‘Hal’ Marcus allocated $5 million to the College of Science and Engineering. The college will be named the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering in his honor, marking it the university’s […]