High tech careers in industries such as modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) require an early foundation in the subjects of math and science – topics that could be difficult to excite the average middle or high school student. But the Florida High Tech Corridor’s workforce initiative, techPATH, is changing the way students think about these critical skills.
In its 17 years, techPATH has delivered more than 150 programs to more than 2,100 teachers and 2,500 students across the 23-county Corridor region. The program’s signature techCAMP workshops introduce teachers and students in grades 6-12 to exciting real-world applications in the high tech industry sectors driving economic growth throughout the Corridor. With featured presentations by science and technology professionals, and tools to transfer their enthusiasm to classroom studies, techPATH workshops prepare students for the high tech careers of tomorrow.
During I/ITSEC 2015, techPATH, STEM Alliance of Central Florida and its partners are hosting two special techCAMP workshops for students and teachers to highlight The Corridor’s MS&T sector.
The student workshop will include an introduction to the field of robotics with a LEGO robot programming demonstration and an escorted tour of I/ITSEC exhibits, where students will learn more about the role of simulation and robotics in the military. There, they can also interact with an NAO robot, the programmable, autonomous humanoid robot used worldwide for research and education.
The techCAMP workshop for teachers, science curriculum administrators and principals at I/ITSEC will introduce the latest in MS&T technology and provide tools to help teach new technology applications in the classroom. The workshop will also feature a guided tour of industry exhibits and presentations from well-known experts in the field, including the National Center for Simulation, University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training, the Naval Air Systems Command and America’s Teachers.
Passionate teachers play a key role in sparking students’ interest in technology at an early age. That’s why The Corridor partners with organizations like STEM Alliance to showcase career opportunities available to students who study STEM subjects.
“We recognize the increasing importance of great teachers in cultivating a workforce that supports high tech industries such as modeling, simulation and training,” said STEM Alliance Executive Director Capt. Steve Nakagawa, longtime Corridor partner and retired commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Training Systems Division. “We’re proud to collaborate with representatives from a variety of academic affiliations and high tech companies to bring high-impact programs like techCAMP to students and teachers throughout the region.”
In addition to techCAMP workshops, techPATH also offers stemCONNECT for year-round access to STEM experts. Using video conferencing tools, stemCONNECT allows middle and high school teachers to bring science and technology speakers from fields such as MS&T into their classrooms. Professionals interested in the exciting opportunity to highlight their high tech career can contact Vicki Morelli at Vicki.Morelli@FloridaHighTech.com or call (321) 303-9632.
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