Monroe County – poised to go from “good to great” – prepares for a physics push

Monroe County Schools are joining the Future Physicists of Florida family. Read about it here…

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Monroe County, which placed 8th in the Orlando Sentinel’s math and science rankings and is 11th in Florida in high school physics-taking rate, is preparing a push to improve further, or to go from “good to great” in the words of district superintendent Mark Porter.

On November 10, the district will hold a Physics Field Day for middle school students, an effort that is being organized by district science coordinator Courtney Oliver.  Most of the day will involve hands-on activities, but the day will climax with Monroe County’s first-ever Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony, which will be held at Marathon Middle/High School.  The keynote speaker will be FSU Physics Professor Jorge Piekarewicz, who will talk about neutron stars.

Monroe County is also the first district in Florida to participate in the National Math and Science Initiative’s AP program.  The program held its first professional development program for Monroe…

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