Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The K-12 STEM Education Department facilitates the practice of STEM education for ALL students in Hillsborough County Public Schools. Our approach to STEM education includes utilizing of a network of collaborating partners including: institutes of higher education, business partners, philanthropic organizations, and many science rich institutions. Through the use of experiential hands-on learning, a constructivist approach to education, and cross curricular collaborations between Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Career and Technical Education we ready our students for college and career success, thus preparing them for life.
The STEM Department collaborates and hosts many STEM-centric competitions, opportunities, and experiences for our HCPS students ranging from local robotics competitions to the HCPS STEM fair and the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program to the International Space Station (ISS). Below you will find different links to our STEM experiences, contacts within the STEM Department, and a multitude of STEM partners throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
STEM Fair Winners
The 2017 Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair concluded with two spectacular awards ceremonies honoring the outstanding work of our community's children. This year's STEM Fair included over 1,700 projects in three divisions. Our sponsors, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Stantec and TECO, as well as the nearly 600 judges assisted at the Tampa Convention Center.
Middle and high school winners will be hosted by Bristol-Myers Squibb on March 9th for a day of learning with BMS scientists and engineers focused upon careers in STEM and strategies for success in the State of Florida Science and Engineering Fair to be held later in March. Our three International Science and Engineering Fair representatives will travel to Los Angeles in May for a weeklong adventure with students from all 50 states and over 80 countries.
Our partners at MOSI provided the Best of Fair winners with cash prizes ($250, $500 and $1,000).