SPC’s new Bay Pines STEM Center, located at 4723 Bay Pines Terrace in St. Petersburg, is dedicated to supporting collaboration and training opportunities for students in STEM disciplines. In collaboration with SPC’s Tampa Bay SEEDs Scholarship Program, the STEM Center is hosting the STEM by the Bay Conference, Workshops, and Service events this January 12, 13, and 15.
This FREE event is open to all SPC students! Registration for this event can be for a single day, or for all three days.
Below is a description of what will be occurring on each day.
Want to talk to individuals in STEM fields and see how they got there?
This event will start on Friday, Jan. 12, with concurrent talks by professionals in STEM fields. After the talks, there will be a working lunch where students will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with faculty and professionals in different STEM disciplines. The first day of the event will end with a student poster session.
STEM by the Bay speakers include:
- Erica Moulton, Welcome to STEM
- Dr. Diane Hickey-Davis , Best Practices for Giving a Technical Talk that Doesn’t Suck
- Dr. Toni Galvin , Studying Outbursts from the Sun: Global and Personal Perspectives
- Kevan Sheldan, The IT Data Trail
- Dr. Phil Gravinese, The Possible Effects and Consequences of Climate Change on Florida’s Stone Crab Fishery
- Christian Rubach, Emerging Technology Applications in Business Software
Want hands-on experiences to see which STEM field fits you best?
On Saturday, Jan. 13, there will be 11 different hands-on workshops to choose from including:
9 a.m. – noon
- Make and Program Circuits with Arduino: Learn to create a simple circuit with play-dough and then learn to blink a light using some simple programming through an Arduino.
- Food Science: Participants will focus on chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology of FOOD! Specific topics may include molecular gastronomy, food pathogen detection, and GMOs in the supermarket.
- Citizen Science: Participants will have an opportunity to collect data and learn how to properly process and submit data for a number of different ongoing projects. Topics may include: Invasive species reporting, microplastics, water quality, and species inventories.
- How Fast Can You Go? The tortoise and the hare decided to have a race. Everbody, most of all the hare thought the hare would win the race because he hopped so much faster than the toritoise plodded…but did he? Explore math and physics in this workshop to see who really won, and why.
- Introduction to ROV’s: Participants will start with a simple ROV build in the lab, learning ROV terminology and challenges of operating in the marine environment. We will then fly the ROVs in a test tank and conduct some troubleshooting.
1 – 4 p.m.
- STEM Communication:In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to get hands-on help with their CV, developing their online profile through LinkedIn and other professional networking sites. In addition, activities will examine successfully conducting group work and interviewing.
- Biostatistics: Participants will look at a variety of ways to analyze STEM data using statistics in EXCEL
- How to Code a Robot: Participants will learn to program robots with coding.
- Introduction to Drones: Participants will learn about drones and their applications, followed by a demonstration of drones.
- Introduction to ROV’s :Participants will start with a simple ROV build in the lab, learning ROV terminology and challenges of operating in the marine environment. We will then fly the ROVs in a test tank and conduct some troubleshooting.
- Sun Science: Participants are introduced to the idea that light is our means of studying the Sun. They will use UV detecting beads to experiment with artificial light and sunlight and participants will set up an outdoor investigation to find out how the size and position of shadows relate to the position of the Sun in the sky and then construct sundials and use them to track the Sun’s position over time.
Want to give back?
STEM by the Bay will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15, with a National Day of Service from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Working with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, volunteers will conduct a shore-line clean up of the Bay Pines property as well as construct a native plant garden for the STEM Center.