September 22, 2014

Parents, students learn side by side at STEM conference

The Tiger Woods Foundation played host to more than 400 parents and students in grades 7-12 for a free one-day STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Career and College Conference on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Florida Atlantic University – Jupiter Campus. 

Conference activities introduced and encouraged students to STEM curriculum and guided parents to help their children make these dreams a reality. The workshops were designed for students to experience STEM careers through hands-on, interactive sessions led by local business and community leaders, while parents learned how to support their children through the college application process, understanding financial aid and identifying additional resources. 

The Tiger Woods Foundation brought its STEM-focused curriculum to the conference, which are utilized at its seven Tiger Woods Learning Centers nationwide. 

TWF president and CEO Rick Singer and vice president of programs and education Kathy Bihr were on site documenting the STEM conference through Twitter. Follow along as they provide a glimpse into the workshop. 

For parents, the conference included workshops on financial aid and scholarships, as well as guided their son or daughter in the college admissions process. In addition, the Florida Atlantic University’s Scripps Research Institute and College of Medicine helped parents identify, ignite and support their child’s interest in STEM careers. 

On the schedule for students WERE a variety of classes to trigger interest in science, technology, engineering and math. FAU Neuroscientists enganged students in interactive demonstrations of genetic mutant animals, their behavior and the power of optogenetics. Another session by FAU High School teachers and students provided participants with the opportunity to build their own underwater robotics vehicles which focuses on careers in ocean engineering. Conference participants could also a class on DNA and the engineering of bridge design, as well as many other sessions. 

For more information on the Tiger Woods Learning Centers and programs, please visit the TWLC website