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 Fall Family Nights - Fall family nights have been scheduled during September and October 2017, please see your school's Mentor Teacher for details and location. All family night times are 6:00-7:00pm. If you are unable to attend, please download the agenda with this year's dates and information.

  • Avon Park High School - RESCHEDULED - October 5
  • Clewiston High School - RESCHEDULED - October 10
  • DeSoto High School - September 26
  • Hardee High School - RESCHEDULED - October 9
  • LaBelle High School - September 25
  • Lake Placid High School - RESCHEDULED - October 2
  • Moore Haven Middle-High School - September 21
  • Okeechobee Freshman Campus & High School - RESCHEDULED - October 3
  • Sebring High School - September 5

STEM Regional Forums - We have ALL of our regional forums scheduled for the 2017-18 school year! See the Forums page for more details on each day.

  • October 14 - Florida Gulf Coast University
  • November 4 - Florida SouthWestern State College
  • December 2 - Highlands County Sheriff's Office
  • January 27 - US Sport Aviation Expo
  • February 17 - Florida Polytechnic University
  • March 24 - South Florida State College
  • April 14 - Indian River State College

STEM Summer Challenge - Our 2018 Summer Challenge has been set! We will be at Florida Gulf Coast University July 8-13, 2018 for our Engineering Extravaganza!

STEM Remind Codes - Below are school codes for signing up for the Remind service:

  • Avon Park High School - @stemaphs
  • Clewiston High School - @stemchs
  • DeSoto High School - @stemdhs
  • Hardee High School - @stemhhs
  • LaBelle High School - @stemlhs
  • Lake Placid High School - @stemlph
  • Moore Haven Middle-High School - @stemmhh
  • Okeechobee Freshman Campus - @stemofc
  • Okeechobee High School - @stemohs
  • Sebring High School - @stemshs


Lisa Shin
STEM Program Coordinator
863.531.0444 x216

John Varady
STEM Program Coordinator
863.531.0444 x209

General Questions/Info


STEM Calendar

Heartland Educational Consortium


1096 US Highway 27 North        Lake Placid, FL 33852        (863) 531-0444
Dr. Debra Elliott, Executive Director