Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Pinellas education news: History Day honors, USFSP trip to Germany, STEM opportunities and more

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palm harbor Pair win National History competition

Gabrielle Hines and Jennifer Gilby, rising juniors at Palm Harbor University High, won first place last month in the senior exhibit category at the 42nd annual National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland. Their exhibit, titled "Fifteen Cents to See the Infants on Display," focused on neonatal pioneer Dr. Martin A. Couney, who created boardwalk sideshows to educate the public about babies born prematurely. This year, more than 600,000 students entered the History Day contest, with 3,000 making it to the national competition. The first-, second- and third-place winners were awarded prizes and scholarships.

Grant to help healthy eating project

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awarded Pinellas County Schools a $345,553 grant that will go toward the district's Healthy Schools for Healthy Children project. It was one of 19 local grants totaling about $4 million awarded last month by the foundation. Through its Healthy Schools for Healthy Children project, the district will work to change health behaviors by educating students about the benefits of staying active and eating healthy foods. The foundation draws from a $170 million endowment set up with the proceeds from the sale of not-for-profit Bayfront Medical Center to a for-profit hospital chain in 2013. The money is used to continue Bayfront's mission long-term.

USFSP students off to Germany

A professor and a group of graduate students from the Kate Tiedemann College of Business at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will travel this month to the Heilbronn-Franken region in southern Germany to meet with senior executives from several companies. The trip is part of USFSP's summer Education Abroad program. "The whole idea is to take our students out of the classroom and have them interact with business leaders and C-suite executives of leading firms in one of the world's leading economies," said Dr. Hemant Merchant, professor of Global Business at the college. "Our students are out in the field, gaining holistic, valuable lessons from some of the most accomplished individuals and firms — and they are having fun immersing themselves in a truly wonderful, culturally-rich, cross-country setting." In its third year, the Germany study abroad program springboards off Merchant's "Globalization and Company Growth" course, which explores ways firms respond to the opportunities and challenges created by globalization.

Program aims to bring women into STEM careers

St. Petersburg College will host a four-week summer program to address the shortage of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Sessions in the "Women 2 Stem" program will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9, 16, 23 and 30 at SPC's Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. . During the sessions, participants will be mentored by mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technologists — all women with real-world experience in their fields. Seminars also will be offered on time and finance management, life and student skills. "Both engineering and mathematics have allowed me to creatively expand the multiple dimensions of who I am, while at the same time explore the world around me," said Mathematics Academic Chair Joy Moore, who will lead one of the sessions. As a Princeton University graduate, Moore was part of the team that developed photovoltaic technology (solar cells) at ARCO Solar/Siemens Solar, Inc. in Los Angeles. She has earned advanced degrees in math and education, and has spent the past 20 years teaching and traveling. For more information, contact Marcia Martinez at (727) 791-5951.

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Makerspace lab exposes Eastside students to tech skills and fun

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Updated: 11/18/17
Pasco school district proposes future changes to west-side elementary and middle school zones

Pasco school district proposes future changes to west-side elementary and middle school zones

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Published: 11/15/17
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At St. Petersburg High, alums push to complete private funding for home field improvements

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Hillsborough Education Foundation, Yoobi team to surprise students

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New aviation programs at PHSC help propel students toward dreams

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Updated: 11/16/17
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Romano: Sorry teachers, you simply can’t win this one

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