The Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI) was established in October 2018, and awarded funding in 2019 for the moonshot initiative: Scientist in Every Florida School (SEFS).
Mission: The mission of the SEFS program is to engage Florida K-12 students and teachers in cutting-edge research by providing science role models and experiences that inspire the future stewards of our planet.
Background: SEFS is one of just eight projects awarded funding through a $17 million University of Florida moonshot initiative, aimed at tackling some of society’s most urgent issues. Scientist in Every Florida School has the potential to impact nearly 2.3 million K-12 students and 1000s of teachers statewide.
Participating scientists must have a research focus related to Earth systems—air, water, land and life — which is in line with TESI’s mission to advance public understanding of environmental issues.Learn More
In addition to individual scientist classroom visits, SEFS also hosts live streams and virtual field trips and produces educational videos for the classroom. View all of these products on our YouTube channel.
Hover your mouse over the map below to see how many scientist classroom visits have been completed in a particular county during the 2020-2021 school year.
This program is open to all Florida public K-12 teachers statewide. To schedule a scientist visit to your classroom (in-person or virtual) fill out our “Request a Scientist” form.
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From July 5-9, 59 teachers representing 22 counties will assist scientists with ongoing research projects.
Jowan Johnson-Allen Presented with SEFS Superstar Teacher Award
Marion County first-grade teacher Jowan Johnson-Allen was awarded a SEFS Superstar Teacher of the Quarter award.
SEFS helps Flagler County K-12 teachers bring AI into the Classroom
Flagler County K-12 teachers learned how to integrate AI into the classroom in a Scientist in Every Florida School professional development opportunity.