by admin on January 8, 2018



 The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

 Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

For Sponsors, it’s the most enlightened investment you could ever make. FIRST participants are more likely to show gains in STEM, STEM Careers, and the Understanding of STEM. The Florida Engineering Foundation is a proud sponsor of STEM. With $1,500 donated every year to assist in students gaining interest in their future. 


FEF Supports The Florida Engineering Education Conference


The 2019 Florida Engineering Education Conference will be held on March 1, 2019 at the University of Central Florida Campus. FEF is a proud sponsor of this event contributing around $2,000 every year. It is an event that has been described as unique in the   state of Florida, the FEEC strives in bridging the engineering workforce and the academic sector, through a series of workshops, hands on activities, and networking sessions. The 2018 conference followed on from the success ofall previous FEEC events, and continued to adhere to the original goals of the program: (1) to highlight the importance of articulating precollege STEM education with the “day to day” workforce applications; (2) to showcase both formal and informal STEM education models or programs; (3) and to serve as an information hub for educators, administrators, and industry partners alike. We hope that these three goals will make an impact in the pedagogy of STEM curricula. The 13th annual FEEC, held at the UCF Student Union on March 2, 2018, had 240 registered participants. The event was opened statewide toK12 STEM teachers, administrators, practicing professionals, and other (informal)educators who are interested in attending. 

The FEEC works to identify engineering and other STEM education programs that have been successfully integrated into the classroom in Florida and through informal activities. Our goal is to showcase these programs via presentations and hands on activities from K-12 STEM educators and professionals involved in STEM education. Due to the continuing support from our sponsors Florida Engineering Foundation and the Florida Space Grant Program, we are able to offer this workshop at no cost to our community. 





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