The Scientists' Society of Southwest Florida's 2016-2017 Annual Student-Teacher Recognition Dinner was held March 16 at the Lexington Country Club in south Fort Myers. Over the current season, the SSSWFL did science fair judging at 20 schools covering about 900 projects.
The science fair coordinator at each of the schools where judging was done is invited to the dinner and is asked to invite one of the science fair students to attend the dinner.
This season, students from 13 area schools - Dunbar High School, Trafalgar Middle School, Alva Middle School, Caloosa Middle School, Canterbury Middle School, Canterbury High School, Oak Hammock Middle School, Varsity Lakes Middle School, Cape Coral High School, Gulf Middle School, Harns Marsh Middle School, Classical Conversations Middle School and Gateway Intermediate Charter School - attended the awards and recognition dinner.
Shane McKinnon of Trafalgar Middle School chats with Dr. Martin Hudis, a SSSWFL member.
As part of this evening, the students brought their science project boards and they were displayed around the room for an hour before the dinner. During the presentation, SSSWFL members interacted with the students and discussed the projects.
After the dinner, the students were recognized. Following the recognition, Dr. Jesse Bryson, the founder and president of I Will Mentorship Foundation, addressed the group.
Two of this years' special guests were Tim and Tena Jones from the Fort Myers Kiwanis Club. The local Kiwanis Club has sponsored the regional Southwest Florida science fair for over 10 years. The club has been a driving force in the local STEM movement. Other special guests included Joselle Hammes and Shirley Morrison, representatives of the Lee County School System.
The scholarship award dinner for this season will be held on April 20, also at the Lexington Country Club. For the 2016-2017 season, the SSSWFL will be awarding four $500 scholarships.
The students receiving the scholarships along with their parents are invited to the scholarship award dinner.
The Scientists' Society of Southwest Florida is an outreach community group consisting mostly of retired engineers, scientists, teachers, physicians and business men and women. The group has been operating for over 40 years and encourages students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at local Lee County schools.
For more information about the SSSWFL, visit www.Science-SWFL.org. New members and guests are always welcome to help with the judging and or join the group for dinner and technical talks.