STEM event: Middleton High's engineering program will host the "STEM Professional Association Event" at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers annual meeting Tuesday in the school media center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The keynote speaker for the event is Tom Borkes of the Jefferson Project, dedicated to build and maintain a world-class workforce for the domestic electronics manufacturing industry.
New music program: High school and college students interested in the music industry can attend an informational session about the Grammy Museum Music Revolution Project Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. The program gives students the opportunity to participate in workshops, songwriting courses and mentoring sessions, and have the work they create in the classes critiqued by people in the music industry. The program started last year in Kansas City, Mo., and is expanding to Tampa. It will begin July 22 and end with a formal concert on Aug. 16. The program will be free for students chosen to participate. To RSVP to the informational session, email education@grammy museum.org.
Celebrating Florida: Students at Nelson Elementary School celebrated the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon discovering Florida. Along with staffers and the PTA, the students created a state map made out of drawings of the faces of Nelson students. Each student drew a self-portrait on construction paper to make the map, which is about 15 feet tall. The map was hung in the school courtyard last week.
St. Patrick's Party: Students from the Tampa Catholic High School Campus Ministry Team visited the senior citizens at John Knox Village last month for a St. Patrick's Night party for the residents. Former faculty member Jack Carney was the DJ and played traditional Irish ballads while the students listened to stories and danced with the residents. Tampa Catholic students have hosted a St. Patrick's party with John Knox Village residents for the past 18 years, and plan to also host a Christmas party for the residents.
Robotics competition: The Jesuit High School Tiger Robotics team competed in the Bayou Regionals in New Orleans last month. The members competed against 55 other teams, and received the Creative Engineering Award for their robot design. Students who participated included sophomores Alex Collazo, Nick Dill, Jonathon Gleason and Brendan Gregos; juniors Andres Figueroa, Ryan Lowman and Damon Piacitelli; seniors Thomas Dil, Alex Gleason, Joshua Shapiro, Blake Stone and Jeffrey Wingfield, and Academy of the Holy Names juniors Gabrielle Madden and Carmen Mendez.
Charity fundraiser: The Jesuit High School Key Club with the Kiwanis Club of Tampa donated more than $15,000 to New Life Village, an organization in Tampa that benefits foster children and families. The Key Club held a Putt Putt Fundraiser in December. Key Club president Cameron Hooper, senior; vice president Nick LaVoy, junior; secretary Carlos Michael Rodriguez, sophomore; and treasurer Robert Mounsour, sophomore, presented the donation to New Life Village last month.
Fundraiser: The St. Peter Claver Catholic School held a Luncheon Friendraiser at the Columbia Restaurant last month. More than 200 people attended. The luncheon raised more than $15,000 for the school, and the Triad Foundation also awarded the school a $10,000 grant.
Science competition: The Tampa Preparatory School Science Olympiad team placed second in the state championship in Orlando last month and earned a spot at the national competition in Ohio in May. Tampa Prep competed against 42 teams in the state competition. Members of the Tampa Prep team include captain Kevin Wu, Gregory Campo, Hannah Campo, Chris Carnes, Catie Chapman, John Holmes, Pedro Lima, Josh Robinson, Noah Robinson, Matt Steinborn, Alp Sunol, Visakan Vairavamoorthy, Daniel Weiss and Alan Williams. Tampa Prep also won the Outstanding Coaches Award. Coaches include Ginger Chapman, Brian Williams and Shaun Hurley.