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Updated: 03/30/2014 11:34:05AM

Students get hands-on experience at annual STEMsmart program

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Students investigate a staged crime scene at the “It’s a Matter of Life and Death” session led by professor Bill Kemper. Kemper teaches crime suspect profiling at SCF and the University of South Florida.

PHOTO BY SUSAN ERWIN

Dimitry Osipov, a student at Glennallen Elementary School in North Port, came to the program to assist his mom, who was a volunteer educator at the event.

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Mote Marine Laboratory educator Jessica DeVault explains the impacts of ocean acidification to a class of students.

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Tyler Small holds up water samples he took from a pond at the “Life in a Drop of Water” session. Students would later analyze the water using microscopes at the two-part workshop.

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Gulf Coast Community Foundation Senior Vice President for Investment Mark Pritchett welcomes participants at the third annual STEMsmart Student Summit event that took place at State College of Florida Venice campus on Saturday.

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Booker Middle School student Brett McDowell learns how to prepare intravenous fluids and place an IV on a mock patient at the “Help! Our Robotic Man is Having a Heart Attack!” classroom session.

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Tyler Small likes science. He isn’t really sure what he wants to do as a career yet, but the Sarasota Middle School student spent Saturday morning taking water samples from a pond and looking at microscopic organisms that were living in the water.

Tyler was one of 220 area middle school students who were privileged to participate in the third annual STEMsmart Student Summit program at the State College of Florida Venice campus on Saturday. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.)

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