STEM Family Night provides hands on learning

Last night, we hosted a STEM Family Night at Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus with Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and Hillsborough County Public Schools. This invitation only event was sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center and is a project of the Tampa Bay STEM Network of which we are proud members. Families from surrounding areas with middle and high school students participated in this engaging and interactive evening.

After eating a delicious dinner, families were welcomed to STEM Family Night by Dr. Sorenson, President of HCC Brandon. Students learned about the two year A.S degree in Engineering Technology offered at HCC Brandon and 19 state/community colleges across Florida. They heard about amazing career possibilities in STEM fields from Nikki Inda Ross from Moffitt Cancer Center and began thinking about educational pathways to take them to college and beyond.

They spent the rest of the evening touring the labs. They learned about CADD, SolidWorks, 3D Printing, robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and much, much more.

A highlight of the evening was meeting Brandon, a humanoid robot housed at FLATE!

The Tampa Bay STEM Network aims to create a PK-16 STEM pipeline  to create an educational ecosystem with a goal to help the Bay Area become a nationally recognized hub for innovation and technology. We are excited to offer STEM Family Nights sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center. We look forward to additional events coming soon. Be sure to sign up for our email list to be notified of our events.

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