STEM SEALs


Opportunities for Students

The STEM SEALs project is designed to allow middle school students in the North Florida service communities to participate in an immersive hands-on Summer Institute where they can explore STEM through competitive Design Challenges.  The challenges are designed to incorporate four components: engineering design, technology and society, electrical knowledge, and computer science.

RobotDesign Challenges:

The Design Challenges will revolve around three areas:

  • SEA Challenges using ROV’s (robotic operating vehicles)
  • AIR Challenges utilizing UAS’s (unmanned aerial systems/drones)
  • LAND Challenges with robots (autonomous ground vehicles)

Students will learn many aspects of operating autonomous robotic vehicles or remote-controlled aircraft.  Activities will include the use of microprocessors, electric motors, sensors, navigation, and coding.  During the first few days of the Summer Institute you will learn about sensors, actuators, microprocessors and drones. Each student will obtain a kit and will build his or her own robot, autonomous boat, remotely operated or automatic vehicle or attachments to drones. You will be testing your devices and improve and modify them. After preparation under the guidance of teachers and college faculty you will have the opportunity to compete with your device in one of the three disciplines, Sea, Air or Land, and you will have the opportunity to watch the competition of the other disciplines.

Transportation to and from the North Florida campus and meals will be provided daily!  All you need to bring is a desire to explore STEM and succeed.


EngineeringWhat are the requirements to attend the one-week Summer Institute?

  • Are you interested in on or more STEM disciplines? (Science, Math, Engineering, or Technology)
  • Are you in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade?
  • Do you attend a public or private school, or home-schooled in one of the Six Florida counties: Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Taylor, or Suwannee?
  • Have you filled out an online Interest Survey? (An interest survey will be available here soon.)