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The Math, Science, and Astronomy Summer Camp

The Math, Science and Astronomy Summer Camp  is a partnership of NASA Florida Grant Consortium, Santa Fe College and The UF Department of Astronomy. This camp is dedicated to providing enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering, science, and astronomy for underrepresented and minority students from middle schools in Alachua County. The camp also includes a life skills component that introduces students to life skills in preparation for college and or transition into the work world and training in computer applications. Other training areas include problem solving, teamwork, collaboration skills, building a sense of community and leadership development

In 2011, the camp was held from June 13-18, 2011.  This  week-long camp was designed to introduce middle school youth in East Gainesville to the importance of Math, Science, Astronomy and Life Skills in their daily lives. It was also designed to increase their interest and begin to pave the way to careers in these fields of study. These sessions  provided many opportunities for students to learn by participating in interactive sessions, hands on activities and exciting projects. Some of the projects and activities included

In 2012, the camp was held from June 18-24, 2012. 35 middle school students were enrolled in the camp.  The purpose of the project was to provide a one-week summer camp for students in grades 6-8 with opportunities to learn mathematics, science and astronomy with hands-on activities. Students participated in regular classroom instruction, mentoring, hands-on interactive activities, field trips and took advantage of educational materials and resources provided by Santa Fe College, East Gainesville Instructive Program, The university of Florida, Eastside Highs School and other local community based partners. A life skills component was also integrated into the program. Materials used for the life skills program were provided by the ARISE life skills curriculum for middle school youth. The overall goal was to increase minority representation in the math and sciences, enhance life skills and help pave the way to careers in math, science and astronomy or other related fields.  Approximately 95%of the students were African-American.

Stardate Radio

The Florida Space Grant Consortium sponsors the Stardate radio broadcast at 10 radio stations in Brandenton, Dade City, Gainesville, Leesburg, Marianna, Miami, Orlando, Palatka, Panama City, and Tampa. The broadcasts are once daily for 5 days a week. In some cities the broadcasts are daily (every day and every week).

StarDate radio is the longest-running science feature in the country celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1997. StarDate began as a telephone message service and soon went on the air in Austin as a daily radio program, originally titled “Have You Seen the Stars Tonight?” With a new name and a grant from the National Science Foundation, the series began national distribution in 1978. Each month, StarDate offers a balance of astronomy and space-science topics. About half of each month’s programs are related to skywatching: eclipses, meteor showers, planetary conjunctions, stars and constellations, and so on.

Other topics are related to important anniversaries (the birthdays of important astronomers or anniversaries of key scientific discoveries or space-exploration accomplishments); recent discoveries in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics; Earth’s place in the cosmos; and a variety of topics that may be related only peripherally to the core subject of astronomy, but that help place astronomy in a broader historical, scientific, and cultural perspective.

Stardate Affiliates in Florida
City and State Station/Frequency Air Time(s)
Dade City, FL WDCF AM 1350 Mon – Sun 9:00AM
Gainesville, FL FIT Mon – Fri 6:29PM
Inverness, FL WJUF FM 90.1 Mon – Fri 6:29PM
Key West, FL WKIZ AM 1500 Mon – Sun 7:00AM
Mon – Sun 8:00AM
Mon – Sun 9:00AM
Mon – Sun 10:00AM
Mon – Sun 12:00PM
Mon – Sun 2:00PM
Mon – Sun 5:00PM
Mon – Sun 6:00PM
Mon – Sun 9:00PM
Mon – Sun 10:00PM
Leesburg, FL WLBE AM 790 Mon – Fri 12:15 PM
Marianna, FL WTYS FM 94.1 Mon – Sun 6:30AM
Orlando, FL WMFE FM 90.7 Mon – Thu 6:58PM
Fri 7:58PM
Palatka, FL WIYD AM 1260 Mon – Sun 10:39AM
Mon – Sun 10:20PM
Mon – Sun 2:40AM
Panama City, FL WKGC FM 90.7 Mon – Fri 11:58AM
St Augustine, FL WFCF FM 88.5 Mon – Sun 9:00AM
Tampa, FL WHNZ AM 1250 Mon – Fri 7:31PM
Sat – Sun 10:00AM

Workshop for Informal Educators

November 7-10, 2004
Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), Johnson Space Center (JSC), Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and Stennis Space Center (SSC) will host a Return to Flight workshop at the John F. Kennedy Space Center to prepare Informal Education venues (museums, science centers, planetariums) to help NASApositively engage the public in the excitement of exploration and human space flight. You will be presented with information, materials and learning opportunities to help the general public understand what has been done to safely return the Space Shuttle to flight.

Astronaut Encounter

Astronaut Encounter at the KSC Visitor Complex

Dr. Sam Durrance, Director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium and former astronaut is participating in the Astronaut Encounter Program at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The innovative program consists of question and answer sessions, mission briefings, video footage, space artifacts and personal stories of space travel as told by those who have lived it. Various astronauts from throughout space history are scheduled to appear including Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut Wally Schirra, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut Gene Cernan, Apollo Astronauts Charlie Duke and Fred Haise, Shuttle Astronauts Mike Mullane and Rick Searfoss and many more. A schedule of astronauts appearing is available at

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