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Welcome to the HEC STEM Scholars Page!

Recognizing the need for small and rural districts to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula for gifted and talented secondary students, Heartland Educational Consortium (HEC) will continue to offer the STEM Scholars Program through district funding. This program includes innovation to make more rigorous STEM courses available, STEM Forums and Summer Challenges led by university staff and STEM professionals, increased opportunities for real-world STEM problem-solving and research, and academic and career guidance.

Heartland Educational Consortium consists of six small rural school districts in central Florida: DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties. The information on this page and on the links above are for our STEM Scholar students from our ten participating high schools.


News and Upcoming Events

STEM Forums - We are planning to offer 6 Forum dates for the 2016-2017 school year. See the Forums page for more details and flyers with information about topics.

  • October 8, 2016 - Florida Gulf Coast University - RESCHEDULED for December 10th
  • November 12, 2016 - Florida SouthWestern State College
  • December 10, 2016 - Florida Gulf Coast University - rescheduled forum
  • January 28, 2017 - US Sport Aviation Expo
  • February 25, 2017 - Florida Polytechnic University
  • March 25, 2017 - South Florida State College/Highlands County Sheriff's Office
  • April 8, 2017 - Indian River State College

See your STEM Mentor Teacher at your school for details and permission forms before each forum, and sign up for Remind notifications (information given at Parent Nights).

STEM Spring Counselor Visits - We plan to meet with students to discuss their participation in the program as well as to talk about their class schedules and discuss college and career choices. As we schedule dates for your school, they will be posted below...

  • Avon Park High School -
  • Clewiston High School -
  • DeSoto High School - March 27th
  • Hardee High School - April 3rd
  • LaBelle High School - March 29th
  • Lake Placid High School - March 8th
  • Moore Haven Middle-High School -
  • Okeechobee Freshman Campus & High School - April 17th
  • Sebring High School - March 28th

Spring Parent Nights - Spring parent nights will be scheduled during March and April 2017.

  • Avon Park High School - March 21st
  • Clewiston High School -
  • DeSoto High School - March 27th
  • Hardee High School - April 3rd
  • LaBelle High School - March 29th
  • Lake Placid High School - March 8th
  • Moore Haven Middle-High School -
  • Okeechobee Freshman Campus & High School - April 17th
  • Sebring High School - March 22nd

Summer Challenge - We are having a summer challenge during the summer of 2017. Students who have attended at least 2 STEM Forums will be eligible to apply for this week-long residential intensive STEM experience. Applications are typically available in January.



Contacts

Lisa Shin
STEM Program Coordinator
863.531.0444 x216
Lisa.Shin@heartlanded.org

John Varady
STEM Program Coordinator
863.531.0444 x209
John.Varady@heartlanded.org

General Questions/Info
STEM@heartlanded.org


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Dr. Debra Elliott, Executive Director