Become a Member
Membership is open to all persons interested in the support and advancement of science. Benefits of membership include:
Dinners/Luncheons with Speakers
The Society meets seven times a season from October through April to hear a technical presentation and socialize over dinner. The technical speakers include people working in local industry, universities or government agencies. Talks are wide-ranging and have covered subjects such as meteorology, paleontology, astronomy, medicine, forensic science, psychology, astrophysics, space exploration, botany, ecology, and agriculture.
One of the seven meetings features some of the best student science projects selected from local school science fairs along with one science teacher from each school. Each student is invited to bring the science fair project board to the meeting, provide an overview of the project and answer questions. Another meeting is dedicated to the students who have been awarded a scholarship by the Society, providing our members the opportunity to talk with the students and their parents over dinner.
Lunch and dinner meetings are open to the public; reservations are required.
As a community service, our members serve as judges for over 35 area elementary, middle and high school science fairs throughout Lee County, including the annual Kiwanis/Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science Fair. Our participation is very rewarding to our members who enjoy interacting with the students. Selecting the top science projects is an objective of the judging, but more importantly, the one-on-one interaction that encourages students' critical, scientific thinking and interest in pursuing careers in science and technology.
In addition to our meetings we schedule at least two field trips per year. Field trips focus on technically-oriented activities in the local Southwest Florida area. Field trips have included Algenol Biofuels, Inc., Lee County Sheriff's Office Forensic Center, LeeSar (healthcare support), Florida Highway Patrol Interagency Communications Center, University of Florida Southwest Agriculture Research and Education Center, WGCU TV and Radio Studios, Ecological Labs, Inc., the Cape Coral reverse osmosis water plant, Arcadia Aerospace, and the aircraft control tower at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) . Students, teachers and guests are invited to participate. Field trips often provide students their first opportunity to see STEM activities in action.
STEM Scholarships and Grants
The Society provides grants to science teachers for STEM teaching materials and grants to science camps for elementary students at the Edison-Ford Estates and Florida Gulf Coast University. Over $65,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors pursuing careers in science and technology have been awarded to date.
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