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K-12 Student and Teacher Programs

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The mission of the Scripps Florida Education and Outreach Program is to advance bioscience education and awareness throughout the state of Florida. This is accomplished by promoting career opportunities in the biosciences for middle and high school students and undergraduates, assisting middle and high school teachers with bioscience education, and fostering an understanding among the general public of the basic ties that exist between biomedical research and human health.

The program is made possible through the generous support from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund, the Quantum Foundation as well as the Admiral's Cove Cares Charitable Foundation, the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, and the Berlin Family Foundation.

Scripps Florida offers the following Educational Outreach Programs:

Programs for Students

  • Summer Research Internships
    Six-week biomedical research experience in a working laboratory for rising high school juniors and seniors in Palm Beach County. (grades 11-12)
  • Science Career Panels
    High school students discuss the “how” and “why” of becoming a scientist with Scripps Research Ph.D. students, then tour a working laboratory. (grades 11-12)
  • "Neuroscience Saturday"For Title 1 High Schools Only
    Learn about brain function and dysfunction! Held at Scripps Florida with scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and Max Planck Florida. (grades 9-10)
  • Middle School Classroom Visits
    Graduates of Scripps Florida’s high school summer research program present a fun, interactive science lesson for middle school classrooms.

Programs for Teachers

  • Summer Research Internships
    High school teachers from Palm Beach County schools experience six weeks of biomedical research, including current laboratory techniques and procedures.
  • InSPIRE Teacher Workshops
    Join Scripps scientists at these multi-day workshops reviewing basic science skills with advanced laboratory-based instruction and instrumentation. High school teacher programs focus on chemistry and biology while middle school teacher programs address math, biology and robotics, featuring LEGO™ Mindstorms.™

Public Programs

  • "CELLebrate" Science!
    Meet the scientists and try fun, family-friendly science activities at this annual one-day event inside The Gardens Mall. Special curriculum will be made available to middle school science teachers to encourage students to attend with their families. (February 8, 2014)

 Programs in Development

  • Spanish-language presentations of Scripps Florida’s “Introduction to Science” lesson for middle schools