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Educational Outreach

Educational Outreach facilitates the communication between the K-12 educational community and the University. 

  COVID-19 Update

With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Florida Poly has suspended campus outreach until further notice; however, the University is working on bringing engagement to the community virtually.

 

Next Generation STEM Leaders

Florida Poly works alongside and empowers the next generation of big thinkers and inventors. As the state’s only university dedicated exclusively to the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we have a deep pool of experts gifted in bringing science to life. Our faculty and staff are leaders in their fields who can transform the language of physics and robotics into fascinating, real-world application students of all ages can comprehend.

 

Creating Connections

Educational Outreach facilitates the communication between the K-12 educational community and the University. These dedicated professionals partner with the education community on many levels, including bringing STEM lessons and experiments to local schools, nonprofits, and after-school programs.

Some of the ways educational outreach can partner with you are:

  • Visit Florida Poly’s campus in Lakeland, conveniently located in between Orlando and Tampa.
  • Participate in our Outreach to the Future program at Florida Poly where middle and high school students get to tour the Florida Poly campus, talk to faculty, staff, and students about the Florida Poly experience and take part in a hands-on STEM activity.
  • We lend our expertise and experiences to judge at science and engineering fair or related events.

Employment: Students who want to advance their leadership, presentation, and organization skills will find working with Educational Outreach to be a rewarding and resume-enhancing experience. Students must be in good-standing, on-track toward their degree, and meet other minimum requirements. Apply through Human Resources for Educational Outreach Student Educational Assistant (SEA).

Clubs and Organizations: Student organizations that focus on or include a community and STEM education outreach component or mission collaborate with Educational Outreach to ensure successful delivery of programs, presentations, and proper connections. The Office assists and mentors organizations on liaising with community organizations, developing and delivering content, tracking, and follow-up. Contact the associate director of educational outreach via email.

If you are a faculty or staff member with K-12, STEM-education, and/or outreach experience and want to get involved, or if you don’t have experience in this area but are interested in connecting with Florida students and participating in outreach programs, contact the associate director of educational outreach via email. Faculty must clear their involvement with their department chair and/or division director first. Education Outreach opportunities are also posted in the Weekly Phoenix. 

Opportunities for involvement include:

  1. Science and Engineering Fair – judges
  2. Great American Teach-In Guest Speaker
  3. Guest speaker at on-campus Outreach STEM events

 

Meet The Team

 
Indira Sukhraj

Indira Sukhraj

Associate Director of Educational Outreach

Indira Sukhraj

Indira oversees the University’s outreach activity within the University and with the K-12 education, the community, industry partners, and more. Her areas of interest are STEM education, environmental science, and animal science. Sukhraj previously worked in the veterinary field with more than 20 years of experience. She also taught high school honors biology and advanced placement environmental science for five years. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology and a master’s degree in instructional design.

Daniel Brownell

Daniel Brownell '22

Education Assistant, Computer Science

Daniel Brownell

Daniel is the team’s senior education assistant. He is currently a junior at Florida Poly and is a member of the Cybersecurity and Phoenix Archery clubs. His skills include various programming languages, building computers, and some Arduino experience. His hobbies include gaming and cooking.

Ryan Floyd

Ryan Floyd '22

Education Assistant, Computer Science

Ryan Floyd

Ryan is a junior at Florida Poly. He has extensive experience with Microsoft Office and is certified in Solidworks 2017 and AutoCAD 2017. His areas of interest include video games, computer systems, and graphical design. He is an amateur PC enthusiast. He is currently collaborating with friends to create a game called “Pumpkin Die.”

 

Juan Forero

Juan Forero '21

Education Assistant, Computer Engineering

Juan Forero

Juan is a senior at Florida Poly studying Computer Engineering. He has worked as part of the Education Outreach department for a year and specializes in campus tours and computer engineering inquiries. He enjoys music, movies, and going to Disney.

Alexander Gage

Alexander Gage '24

Education Assistant, Engineering Physics

Alexander Gage

Alexander Gage is a freshman at Florida Poly interested in a career in the engineering field. He has already been involved in several projects including building an educational webapp, work experience at the C.H.A.R.A. observatory at Mt. Wilson. He also has four years of high school level engineering preparatory classes. He is interested in student government, robotics, and K-12 education. He is a member of the Purple Fire Robotics and Firebird Association clubs. His skills include Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, Catia, and Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud.

Heilyn Gonzalez

Heilyn Gonzalez '21

Education Assistant, M.S. Computer Science

Heilyn Gonzalez

Heilyn is in her second year at Florida Poly. She is an international student from the Dominican Republic. She is a network and telecommunications engineer having received her undergraduate degree in 2016. She excels in technical reading and writing. She has a two-year-old daughter and another child on the way.

Bryce Palmer

Bryce Palmer '21

Education Assistant, Computer Science

Bryce Palmer

Bryce is a junior who is interested in machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation, and programming. His technical skills include a variety of programming languages including Arduino, Office Suite, and Adobe Premier Pro/After Effects. Bryce is also an intern in the computer science department assistant in faculty research projects.

 

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