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Interested in participating?

pilot counties
In its first three years, the program aims to connect scientists with every K-12 public school in seven target counties: Escambia, Alachua, Seminole, Lee, Palm Beach, Levy and Marion. We are currently prioritizing visits within these counties.

Teachers:

Teachers and schools within Florida’s public school districts interested in participating in the project should reach out to the project outreach coordinators. Teachers can and fill out our “Request a Scientist” form​, which walks through a series of questions in order to align visits with standards and lessons.

We are prioritizing visits in the following five pilot counties at this time: Alachua, Escambia, Lee, Palm Beach, and Seminole. We look forward to expanding physical scientist visits in additional counties soon.  For recent and upcoming K-12 professional development opportunities, be sure to check our Upcoming Professional Development Calendar and join our teacher-scientist Facebook Group and sign up for our monthly newsletter.

If you have already participated in a scientist visit, please leave your feedback by filling out our “Post Scientist Visit Evaluation” form. 

Scientists:

Are you a scientist or graduate student interested in visiting a Florida classroom? Does your research focus on air, water, land or life? We would love to help connect you to a classroom. Please fill out the “Scientist Participation” form and we will contact you shortly. You can also sign up for our monthly “Scientist Scope” email newsletter to keep up with the SEFS program and ways to get involved.

Additional Forms/Links:

Know of a Dedicated SEFS Teacher?

The SEFS Team recognizes teachers across the state of Florida who are actively involved in the program. Awarded to a deserving teacher each quarter, the SEFS SuperStar Award is based on the following criteria:

Nominations are always open and can be submitted by administrators, teachers, and parents.

SEFS SuperStar Award Teacher Nomination Form

Teacher Testimonials

Networking with amazing scientists and other educators. I loved the keynotes and sparks. I love that outreach is an expectation... 

5th-grade teacher, Escambia County  

Thank you for the BEST professional development I have ever attended. The content was perfect for all grade levels and the scientists presenting were amazing. Everyone involved from the professors to the grad students were so friendly and patient and truly loved sharing their research with all of the teachers. I feel so rejuvenated and can’t wait to go back to school and share what I learned with students and colleagues… 

11th and 12th-grade biology and environmental science teacher, Marion County 

Working directly with my scientist was so meaningful on both a professional and personal level. He is an expert in translating science into practice. I came away with concrete activities and further developed my own understanding. Looking forward to connecting and bringing scientists into my classroom..

10th-grade science teacher, Palm Beach County 

…I was exceedingly impressed at the interaction between my students and the scientist.  Thank you so much for this opportunity and I look forward to future Zoom or face to face meetings with UF Scientists in Every Florida School again.  I am a strong advocate for this outreach…

7th and 8th-grade teacher, Escambia County

…Thanks for the feedback! So glad to hear that students were motivated by the experience. We are so fortunate to be able to connect our schools with scientists. Thanks for taking advantage of the opportunity that the Thompson Earth Systems Institute and the University of Florida have provided our district…

K-12 STEM Coordinator, Lee County

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