technology

Opportunities plentiful in the great outdoors

Opportunities plentiful in the great outdoors

June was tabbed Great Outdoors Month in Florida by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The month was designated to highlight the opportunities available and the benefits of being outdoors. “Our staff works tirelessly to protect and preserve Florida’s environment, and I encourage everyone to spend more time outside enjoying natural Florida,” Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah […]

Technology helps keep realtors safe

Technology helps keep realtors safe

Realtors face real dangers. On the evening of Sept. 25, 2014, realtor Beverly Carter was planning to show a home in Scott, Arkansas, to an interested client. She parked her car in the driveway and unlocked the home. Then she disappeared. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Hunting with dogs effective and efficient

Hunting with dogs effective and efficient

Lane Stephens is the president of the Southeastern Dog Hunters Association and has been hunting with dogs for most of his life. A lobbyist for the association as well, Stephens got hooked on hunting at a young age. “My family got me into it. It was just one of those traditions,” Stephens said. Read the […]

Technology presents benefits and challenges for seniors

Technology presents benefits and challenges for seniors

Technology is constantly evolving and for senior citizens who didn’t grow up with it and maybe didn’t even use it in the workplace, keeping up with it can be a challenge. David Bruns, who  handles media relations for AARP, notes that there is a digital divide. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue […]

911 turns 50

911 turns 50

U.S. children are taught the phone number 911 from a very young age. For many, it is the first phone number ever committed to memory. From house fires to medical emergencies to crimes, this single telephone number has been the unifying place to call when help is needed. Read the full article in the Mar. […]

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, […]

NOAA taking advantage of advances in technology

NOAA taking advantage of advances in technology

Technology makes a world of difference, even on the water. NOAA is capitalizing on the technology when it comes to managing fisheries, including along the heavily fished Gulf Coast. “We’re moving to a more automated way of doing things, and that reduces the number of people who need to go out for research,” said Roy […]

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 […]

Traditional school resists tech trend

Traditional school resists tech trend

In the classrooms of Gulf Pointe Latin School, there is no chance of hearing the chime of a cellphone. There are no laptops or tablets either. No computers. There is not even a projector or a calculator. Instead there are students learning in a way that is older than the U.S. education system. They use […]

Encompass launches with technology twist

Encompass launches with technology twist

Worship songs filled the cafeteria of West Navarre Primary School Sunday as Encompass Church found their new home for weekly services. Pastor Lance Whorton told the gathered congregation that they should be excited to be part of the church’s first big step: launching weekly Sunday worship. “We are excited to be here and start getting […]

Schools embrace tech revolution

Schools embrace tech revolution

In the not-too-distant past, advanced technology in classrooms was synonymous with scientific calculators, desktop computers, projectors and occasionally laptops. But times have changed. Over the years south Santa Rosa educators have utilized a wide variety of programs, devices and websites. High school students use WeatherSTEM, a weather data collection device, to study data patterns for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Boy Scouts battle lost appeal of great outdoors

Boy Scouts battle lost appeal of great outdoors

Outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing, hiking and swimming all used to be enough to attract youth into the Boy Scouts. Not anymore. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Navarre Press joins Amazon’s Alexa news app

Navarre Press joins Amazon’s Alexa news app

Navarre Press readers can get their news briefing with just a voice command thanks to the Amazon Alexa application Flash Briefing. Readers need only say “Alexa, read Flash Briefing,” and Alexa will read you the top headlines for Navarre, hot of the presses. Alexa is the voice interactive assistant available on some Amazon devices. In […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The two-year contract for AT&T vanishes

The two-year contract for AT&T vanishes

While nearly all other wireless providers had already foregone offering two-year service contracts, the large cellphone service-provider, AT&T, has continued to offer this option for its customers. However, in a recent nationwide policy change, AT&T announced early this year that as of Jan. 8, the popular cellphone service-provider would no longer offer such contracts. The […]

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2016-17 Florida First Budget recommends a funding increase of more than $6 million for the Department of Elder Affairs to serve additional elders and caregivers through enhanced tools and technology. “As our state continues to grow, so does the population of Florida’s seniors,” Scott said. “We want to make sure our seniors […]

18 teachers win ACCELerator grants

18 teachers win ACCELerator grants

Eighteen teachers from Santa Rosa County schools have been named ACCELerator Grant Program award winners, nearly double the total from a year ago when only 10 received grants. “It’s exciting that we had so many chosen this year from one county,” said Jeffery Baugus, the math and science coordinator for the Santa Rosa County School […]