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Pinellas education news: Science fair at USFSP, lectures at Eckerd College and more

CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times Fifth grader Elise Faith,10, of Academy of the Lakes School in Land O' Lakes looks at samples of sand from different areas of the world Friday, 11/17/2014 at a booth sponsored by USF St Petersburg's College of Marine Science Education Outreach Program at the 4th Annual St Petersburg Science Festival at Poynter Park. The festival is a regional celebration where families and the public can explore the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It will continue through Saturday, on the campus of USF St. Petersburg. The event is held in conjunction with MarineQuest, the annual open house of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
CHERIE DIEZ | Times Fifth grader Elise Faith,10, of Academy of the Lakes School in Land O' Lakes looks at samples of sand from different areas of the world Friday, 11/17/2014 at a booth sponsored by USF St Petersburg's College of Marine Science Education Outreach Program at the 4th Annual St Petersburg Science Festival at Poynter Park. The festival is a regional celebration where families and the public can explore the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It will continue through Saturday, on the campus of USF St. Petersburg. The event is held in conjunction with MarineQuest, the annual open house of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.CHERIE DIEZ | Times
Published Oct. 18, 2017

USFSP to host Science Festival, MarineQuest

Two long-time events, the St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest, will combine again this year to transform the north side of Bayboro Harbor's waterfront into a fun and engaging science laboratory under the sun. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, will be spread across the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, Poynter Park, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and the Port of St. Petersburg. It will feature hands-on activities representing the technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fields. Attendees can explore NASA's Space Communications and Navigation Program (SCaN), use medical technology to check their vital signs, conduct chemistry experiments, crawl through a full-size turtle excluder device, experience a cryovolcano and the wonders of the deep sea, and learn survival skills. Last year, the two festivals attracted more than 25,000 people. The festival stage will feature live music, shows and interactive entertainment throughout the day. Entertainers include Mad Science, Giving Tree Music, Funky49 and Kidding Around Yoga. Local food vendors will be on hand, too. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit stpetescifest.org.

Eckerd College hosts lectures this week on timely topics

Eckerd College will host two lectures this week.

• Lee Irby, author and visiting professor of history and American studies at the college, will discuss recent casas of cities trying to handle the legacy of the Civil War and the monuments that were erected to glorify the Confederacy. His new book, Unreliable, is set in Richmond, Va., where the largest of these controversial statues resides. Irby will speak at 7 p.m. Monday in Miller Auditorium.

• Thursday will feature a discussion by Owen Ingley and Paoli Garrido, who operate the Plenitud teaching center, an eco-educational organization located in Las Marias, Puerto Rico, that specializes in permaculture, bio-construction and sustainable community service projects. They will share their vision of how to establish sustainable communities. Their talk starts at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Hall. The Eckerd campus is at 4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg.

Webinars to offer college advice

Two webinars on Wednesday and Thursday will focus on college, scholarships, financial aid and career planning. They are offered by FloridaShines, a service of the Florida Virtual Campus, and are open to all Florida high school students, parents and educators. Topics for the Wednesday session are: university admissions, managing factors inside and outside the classroom, qualifying for Bright Futures scholarships, and college athletics. On Thursday, the topics are: making the transition to college, financial aid, starting smart and finishing strong, and a survival guide for parents. For more information and to register, visit floridashines.org.

Elementary school lunche menus

Monday: Cheeseburger or hamburger; roasted BBQ or herb chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy and roll; fruit and yogurt plate; turkey and cheese hoagie; green beans; veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Pepperoni calzone, grilled cheese, farmers' salad, Jamwich Kit, tomato soup, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Chicken tender basket with fries, spaghetti and meatballs, yogurt parfait, ham and cheese croissant, broccoli, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Breakfast for lunch, Max Sticks, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, deli-roasted potatoes, side salad.

Friday: Pizza, fish nuggets with roll, chicken caesar salad, Italian sub, oven-baked beans, veggie dippers.