They came, they saw, they conquered: Orlando Science School comes to FSU for their induction ceremony

Last Friday, after a tour of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, inductees, parents and teachers arrived at the FSU Physics Department for a ceremony featuring Professor Susan Blessing, a high energy physicist and the architect of an undergraduate program now recognized as a model for the nation.


Orlando Science Schools visitors after a tour of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory


Quarks and leptons in ordinary stuff – by Professor Susan Blessing


The Orlando Science Schools inductees


Professor Blessing and inductees watching alpha particles zip around after the ceremony


Make-up date: Orlando Science School FPF inductees coming to FSU on Friday

Hurricane Matthew could make them wait, but in the end they are coming, anyway.

FPF inductees from Orlando Science School will be visiting FSU on Friday afternoon for a visit to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and an induction ceremony with Scientific Keynote Speaker Susan Blessing.  The OSS delegation had originally been scheduled to attend the October 7 FPF induction at FSU along with two Tallahassee schools, but they were prevented from traveling by Hurricane Matthew.

This Friday’s induction ceremony, which will begin at 3:30 pm, will be the first ever held in the FSU Physics Department’s lecture hall in the Richards Building.  Previous FPF induction ceremonies at FSU have been held at the university’s conference center and one of the institution’s newer lecture halls in the center of campus near the Student Union.


The 2015 Orlando Science School FPF inductees

Monroe County Superintendent: “we need to inform and educate students and parents to help them understand that significant decisions made at age 15 or 16 will affect their future”

From this morning’s Key West Citizen:

Nine of the “Top 10 College Majors That Earn the Highest Salaries” are in the field of engineering, according to US News, and more than half of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 30 fastest-growing occupations through 2024 require advanced math and science courses — trends which reinforce the need to encourage students to begin preparing for their futures.

High paying, in-demand occupations are far different than those available even in the most recent decades, and “we need to inform and educate students and parents to help them understand that significant decisions made at age 15 or 16 will affect their future,” said Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter….

…Copying the success of the county’s Take Stock program, Cottle has implemented a mentoring program for students who might benefit from one-on-one relationships with college students majoring in the sciences and engineering. Currently, eight college students from three universities are working with Monroe County students, providing them a perspective that they cannot get from someone currently in the field they are interested in pursuing.

“They’re similar ages with similar experiences,” said Cottle, which is far different than the advice they might get from a working professional.

Opening future doors by exposing students and parents to options they may not know exist plays a large role in the FPF program and is one of the reasons why Porter and the school system is so supportive.

“The world and the economy is changing, and education has to change as well,” said Porter.


A wonderful Friday evening in the Florida Keys: The 2016 Monroe County FPF induction ceremony

Some scenes from the 2016 Monroe County FPF induction ceremony, held last Friday evening at Marathon Middle/High School.


Monroe County District School Science Supervisor Courtney Oliver addresses the inducted students and their families


Monroe County Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter – a former math teacher – welcomes the audience


FSU astrophysicist Jeremiah Murphy talks about his dog – and the cosmological events that provided the elements that make her up


Jeremiah Murphy answering questions from students after the ceremony. One of the attendees said it was like having a “rock star” there.