STEM+Computer Science and Environmental Programs

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    Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! See upcoming events in STEM + CS Fall 2022. Don't forget to submit your Summer challenge to our STEM+CS Challenges

    STEM is the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into an inquiry-based interdisciplinary approach to learning.  In STEM, connections are made between the various disciplines, and content is learned in context to the topic being studied and not as an isolated curriculum. In STEM classrooms, students use critical thinking skills and creativity to solve problems and generate new ideas and can be part of Science courses, Math courses, Computer Science, many Career and Technical Education courses, and many other curricular areas. STEM is often implemented through extracurricular clubs that afford students opportunities to apply their content knowledge through problem-solving.

    The STEM + Computer Science program encompasses the following initiatives: Computer Science (BrowardCODES), Engineering and Robotics (SECME, VEX Robotics), and Environmental Stewardship (P3 Eco-Challenge, school gardening,TEA Garden, Youth Climate Summit). Click the accordion links below or from the left drop-down links to navigate the different initiatives.

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  • Computer Science

    Computer Science - BrowardCODES - Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) continues to be spotlighted by the White House as a national model for expanding access to computer science in schools. Through the District’s #BrowardCODES initiative, BCPS has expanded its connections between K-12 and computer science career pathways in South Florida in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, South Florida Regional TechGateway, and other local businesses.  More than 50,000 students are positively impacted by computer science offerings at 100 percent of BCPS K-12 schools.

    Florida K-12 Computer Science Certification Prep Camp, a five-day, intensive professional learning initiative to prepare district-identified teachers to pass the Florida Teacher Computer Science K-12 Certification Exam and expand Florida’s supply of certified, computer science teachers.

  • Environmental Stewardship

    Environmental Stewardship programs are open to all schools at every level (pK - technical colleges).

    The P3 Eco-Challenge recognizes and rewards schools, educators, volunteers and students for their environmental stewardship annually.  Another key component of Broward Schools' environmental initiatives is through edible gardening. Programs integrate growing food into the curriculum through raised bed, hydroponics, aquaponics, and controlled environment agriculture at schools throughout the district.

    Broward Youth Climate SummitThe Youth Climate Summit provides a platform for grades 5-12 students to advocate for policy change and gives students a voice for promoting environmental sustainability.  Students who attend the Summit share their climate action plans or projects and network with each other, elected officials and scientists working on sustainability issues.  

    Food Recovery Program - The Food Recovery Program is a pilot initiative started at Beachside Montessori Village. Through a partnership between Beachside Montessori Village, BCPS Food & Nutrition Services, Kids Can and Broward Outreach, Beachside is piloting a food rescue project to reduce food waste in the school cafeteria, which results in reducing the school’s carbon footprint, while supporting hunger relief in the community.  Students are encouraged to donate leftover unopened, uneaten or unpeeled items from their lunch trays that they don’t want to eat.  These collected foods are donated to Broward Outreach, which then distributes them to the community.

    How Low Can You Go challenge - BCPS has partnered with the Miami Heat to see which school can reduce their percentage of energy and water consumption the most over a three-month period of time.

  • Engineering and Robotics

    SECME-STEM Olympics - SECME STEM Olympiad program in Broward Schools is a strategic alliance to renew and strengthen the professional capacity of K-12 educators, motivate and mentor students, and empower parents so that all students can learn and achieve at higher levels. STEM is a Nationwide initiative which focuses on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The SECME – STEM Olympiad combines these two philosophies into one event and will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics principles as well as SECME national competitions. Broward County students compete in mousetrap cars, water bottle rockets, banners, essays, generator build, bionic arms, team challenge and VEX exhibition. Starting in 2017-18, the Broward SECME Bridge competition is affiliated with the Broward MPO/AASHTO National Bridge competition for grades 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12.

    VEX Robotics - Through partnerships with and grants from the National Science Foundation and the REC Foundation for VEX robotics, Broward County Public Schools is providing opportunities for all students in computer science and robotics.

  • STEM+CS Staff

    Dr. Lisa Milenkovic, Supervisor

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    Instructional Facilitators:

    • Sheryl Arriola, M.Ed
    • Belinda Beckford
    • Justin Feller, M.Ed
    • Elaine Fiore
    • Cynthia (Cindy) Griffin
    • Adrian L. Carter
    • Erik Leitner
    • Rebecca Malones, M.Ed
    • Annmargareth Marousky
    • Summer Scarlatelli
    • Debra "Kelly" Thomas, Ed.S

    Nunderia (Nundy) Adderley - Professional Development Specialist


  • Why is deliberate attention to STEM important in K-12 education?

    Globalization has resulted in the movement of jobs to countries with lower-wage workers.  In order to compete globally, the United States must ensure that our students have the skills needed for the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.  Research on job growth show that in the next few years 15 of the 20 fastest growing jobs will require substantial math and science preparation.  But when compared to other students on international tests of math and science, US students performed 25th in math and 21st in science of 30 industrialized nations.

    Based on the data, it has become clear that schools that provide a rich environment of challenging courses in math and science, and support student growth in these STEM fields are successful in preparing students for future positions, decisions and coursework

    Research shows that students who had research experiences in high school, who undertook an apprenticed mentorship or internship, and whose teachers connected the content across different STEM courses were more likely to complete college in a STEM major than their peers who did not report these experiences.  While not all students may be attending colleges or universities, it is understood that STEM-based decisions have become increasingly important as they power our economy and constitute fundamental aspects of our lives as citizens, workers, consumers, and parents.

Contact Information

  • Applied Learning: STEM + Computer Science

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-1880

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    Dr. Lisa V. Milenkovic


STEM+CS In the News

  • Dec. 6-12, 2021. BCPS students of all grade levels participated in Computer Science Education Week doing an Hour of Code, including Interim Superintendent Dr. Cartwright, shown here with a Parkway Middle School student.

    Dr. Cartwright coding with a Parkway Middle school student

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  • BCPS won the Gold designation again for the Florida Green District Award for 2021. STEM + Computer Science staff with the winning banner below.

    STEM + CS staff with winning banner


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  • Congratulations to all 2021 P3 Eco-Challenge winners!  For this year only we changed the P3 application to challenges. Walter C Young Middle, Lauderdale Lakes Middle, and Griffin Elementary were the overall school winners.  To see all nominees and winners, visit the P3 Eco-Challenge page, scroll down to P3 Links and click the P3 Winners and Nominees (Bios and Programs).

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  • Watch NBC’s Education on 6 as reporter Ari Odzer visited Beachside Montessori Village Pre-K-8 to do a story on the school’s Food Recovery program, which allows students to donate uneaten food and drink items to the homeless instead of throwing them away.  Click here to see the story (this link will take you outside of BCPS)

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  • Students from Westglades Middle School learned all about hurricanes from the Weather Rangers' exercise at the Broward Emergency Operations Center.  Watch BECON's coverage of this event at https://becontelevision

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