Dec 3, 2012

"STEM Week" highlights OCPS programs

With the announcement and proclamation that December 3 through December 7 is officially "STEM Week" in Orange County Wekiva High School highlights its magnet program, Laser Photonics Career Academy. A partnership that began three year ago between Orange County Public Schools, Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Laser Systems business unit and Valencia College with an intense focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.
The Wekiva High School Laser Photonics magnet program enables students to combine academic course work with practical hands-on learning experiences using state-of-the-art equipment. It will prepare students for a career in laser photonics. The academy is open to students who maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and allows them to earn over 40 college credits if they successfully complete the four-year program. Students will have the flexibility to enter the workforce right after graduation or continue their formal education at the college level.
Other schools offering STEM magnet programs:
Aviation/Aerospace at Durrance Elementary
Digital Technology at Mollie Ray Elementary
Science at Princeton Elementary
Advanced Engineering Applications at Apopka High School
Aviation and Aerospace Engineering at Oak Ridge High School
Engineering, Science and Technology at Edgewater High School
Global Technologies at University High School
For a complete list of magnet program click on the link below.
In addition to magnet program the district offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses that focus on rigor in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math.)
On Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer presented the signed Proclamation to Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara M. Jenkins and Team Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said, "Orange County Public Schools is committed to providing rigorous STEM learning experiences to prepare our students to compete in the 21st century. From kindergarten through 12th grade, students benefit from exposure to STEM fields because the future job market will offer critical STEM careers locally, nationally, and internationally. The school board and administration are proud of the work being done by our students under the guidance of our very capable teachers."
Team Orlando, established by a Department of Defense Inter-Service Charter, builds upon a partnership established between the Army and Navy over 60 years ago.  Today, Team Orlando members from Government, academia, and industry are focused on one common goal: To improve human performance through simulation.