JP Morgan Chase has awarded Orlando Science Center $90,000 to continue the Science Literacy Program at Evans High School in Orlando. Now in its fourth year, the program will focus on chemistry education and strive to increase the number of students who seek further education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

Orlando Science Center’s Kellen Nixon, Director of Educational Development, said, “We are extremely grateful for the educational partnership we’ve established with JP Morgan Chase. Together, we are positively changing student attitudes toward science learning at Evans.”

The Evans Science Literacy Program works with both students and their teachers through hands-on workshops and teacher professional development classes. Student workshops include interactive demonstrations and experiments that tie to real world applications and careers.

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“The workshops allowed my students to do an activity that they would not normally be able to,” said Evans High science teacher Catherine Aumend, “They liked participating in something that was done especially for them.”

Evans’ biology teachers will benefit with Teacher Professional Development (TPD) opportunities. The sessions will offer strategies to encourage problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as provide content knowledge and creative teaching techniques. They also instill in students a deeper understanding of how science plays a role in their everyday lives and career paths.

Due to initiative’s success, biology teachers from three Title I high schools and four low-performing high schools in the Orange County public school district will also be offered the TPD classes.

Thanks to JP Morgan Chase, the Science Center is positively impacting science education for community-area high school students. By inspiring them to obtain a better understanding of STEM-related fields, Evans students can feel more confident about their education and view the world of opportunities available.


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