Summer STEM Institute for Teachers

Immersive STEM Workshops for Florida High School Teachers

A view of Florida Tech's Olin Quad, with the Olin Engineering Complex in the foreground.

Educating and engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is vital to higher education, top employers, and the continued success and status of the U.S. as a world leader in innovation. But how can we engage, excite and develop more high school graduates with a predilection toward education and careers in STEM fields? We must invest in high school STEM teachers.  

Florida Tech is making that investment in our future—and so can your school district. Florida Tech, a nationally ranked university located on the high tech Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, has established the Summer STEM Institute for Teachers. The immersive Florida Tech program creates an opportunity for school districts to provide high school STEM teachers with a unique two-week professional development experience in STEM curriculum development and pedagogy.

What is the Summer STEM Institute for Teachers?

It is a two-week, in-residence workshop series held at Florida Institute of Technology, designed and delivered by the university's expert STEM educators. There are two sessions, each with its own theme, and all instructional content has been aligned with the subjects and courses that are currently being taught in Florida high schools. Both sessions provide content and training to assist teachers in course, unit and lesson development that may be applied in Florida high schools.

Because of the unique nature of this program, space is limited and space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Dates and Themes

Session 1 - Marine & Environmental Science

Sunday, June 4 to Saturday, June 17Female Florida Tech student leaning over side of boat with measurement instrument

  • Field experiences in living laboratories and environmental science sites
  • Explore, discuss and practice:
    • Upland and freshwater communities
    • Estuarine and coastal communities
    • Surface water, groundwater and water supply
    • Wastewater treatment, use and disposal
    • Indian River Lagoon waters and circulation patterns
    • Project-based learning and problem-based instruction in marine and environmental science
 Session 2 - Mathematical Modeling with Applications to Science and Engineering

Sunday, June 18 to Saturday, July 1 Students working together on a computer with lots of data displayed

  • Core STEM experiences
  • Relevance to in-demand high-tech jobs
  • Explore, discuss and practice:
    • Modeling cycles
    • Types of models and data-driven modeling
    • Data-driven modeling with technology (Excel, DESMOS, Weka, Python/R)
    • Modeling task design framework, task adaption and modeling task design
    • Facilitating students' mathematical modeling activities in the classroom
    • Project-based instruction with modeling in science and engineering

 Benefits to Teachers

  • Gain invaluable laboratory and fieldwork experience
  • Expand skills and knowledge in instructional design, teaching methods and learning theory
  • Get introduced to new instructional resources and technologies
  • Leave with refreshed and enhanced STEM content background
  • Build your network of educators who are passionate about STEM education
  • Take home the instructional materials (e.g. lessons, units) developed during your session and put them to use

 Benefits to Schools/Districts

  • STEM teachers are given new tools and perspectives to share with fellow teachers and curriculum specialists
  • Improved STEM outcomes among the students they serve!

Program Cost

  • All inclusive: $7,000 per teacher
  • No housing: $6,000 per teacher

To express interest, complete the non-binding express interest form. Professor Tom Marcinkowski (, 321-674-8946) will assist district staff in navigating the application process in accordance with individual district policies. Teachers interested in this program will have to complete the formal Teacher Application Form, coordinated with district staff, which requires a principal’s recommendation as well as a superintendent’s commitment to allocate funds available to the school district to sponsor the teacher’s participation.

What's Included

In order to provide teachers with the most valuable, effective and stress-free experience possible, the Summer STEM Institute includes everything you need and expect. Teachers may look forward to the following:

  • Room - a residence hall room with private bathroom (optional)Exterior of Florida Tech's L3Harris Village buildings, which are five stories tall with brick facades.
  • Meals - three meals per day in Florida Tech's award-winning dining hall
  • WiFi - teachers will have access to Florida Tech's high-speed network
  • Parking - participants will receive a free temporary parking certificate
  • Stipend - teachers may be eligible to receive a stipend or honorarium consistent with district pay for teacher participation in summer workshops (policies may vary depending on district)
  • District Inservice Points - continuing education units (may vary depending on district)
  • Transportation - provided to and from residence hall and fieldwork locations


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