Mater Academy Charter Middle High School Honored as Finalist in STEM Excellence Awards at Future of Education Technology Conference

PHOTO CAPTION: Accepting the STEM Excellence Finalist Award for Mater Academy are (from left to right) Assistant Principal Maria Montero, Principal Judith Marty, and Assistant Principal Kismet Ulloa.

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Salutes its Finalist Member School, the only Florida School Named a Finalist in the STEM Excellence Awards.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Mater Academy Charter Middle High School of Hialeah Gardens was recognized as a finalist in the STEM Excellence Awards presented at the recent Future of Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando. Mater Academy Charter was the only Florida school to be named a finalist.

According to the FETC, STEM is the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics integrated into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. The FETC STEM Excellence Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the primary, middle and high school levels, with winners selected from each level.

Accepting the STEM Excellence Finalist Award for Mater Academy were Principal Judith Marty, as well as Assistant Principals Kismet Ulloa and Maria Montero.

Chartered by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Mater Academy Charter Middle High School is a member of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), which applauded Mater Academy Charter’s recognition as a finalist.

“Recognition as a STEM Excellence Awards finalist is a great accomplishment for Mater Academy Charter,” said FCPCS President Robert Haag. “Only nine North American schools were singled out for the their STEM education accomplishments, and the teachers, administrators and students at Mater Academy Charter should be very proud of this national honor.”

STEM Excellence Awards applications are evaluated based on the use of Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Collaboration, Design, Problem Solving and the STEM Experiences offered. According to FETC materials, what separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment that incorporates both face-to-face instruction with online, interactive training from multimedia resources, engaging experts in the field in real-time classroom learning experiences. This allows students to access content 24/7 from their own web connection, while providing teachers more free time to focus on increasing classroom engagement through discussion, labs, or even project-based or problem-based assignments.

More information about the Future of Education Technology Conference is available at http://www.fetc.org/about.html.

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.

Following are the 2017 FETC STEM Excellence Awards finalists:

High School Division Engineering and Science University Magnet High School, New Haven Public Schools (Conn.) Mater Academy Charter, Miami Dade School District (Fla.) Riverview High School, Anglophone East School District (Canada)

Middle School Division Engineering and Science University Magnet Middle School, New Haven Public Schools (Conn.) Laing Middle School of Science and Technology, Charleston County School District (S.C.) Rose Park Magnet Middle Prep, Metro Nashville Public Schools (Tenn.)

Elementary School Division Liberty Elementary School, Loudoun County Public Schools (Va.) Mountain View Elementary School, Prince William County Schools (Va.) Oxford Elementary School, Oxford USD 358 (Kansas)