President's Message

Our April 21 annual Student/Teacher recognition dinner was a great success! Overall attendance was nearly 100, including our forty invited guests – twelve students selected by their teachers, including our college-bound scholarship winner, their parents and teachers, plus special guests from Lee County Schools, Cape Coral Charter Schools, and Florida Gulf Coast University. The students set up their science fair boards and had lively discussions with our members prior to dinner. Dr. Bruce MacFadden, professor and curator of University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History, spoke on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) was being applied to identify fossils. His megladon shark examples engaged the students who asked several questions following the presentation. Photos from the evening are copied below.

Be sure to mark next year’s annual Student/Teacher recognition dinner on your calendar – April 20, 2023. Consider making a donation to our Student/Teacher Dinner restricted fund, which pays for their dinners.

Look for our Annual Report which will be emailed by June and the dues renewal during August for the 2022-2023 season. Check out the dates and speakers by clicking on the "Programs" tab above. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Trudy Sampson

Dinner Meetings and Field Trips

The Society meets seven times a season from October through April to hear a technical presentation, socialize over dinner and have stimulating conversations. The technical speakers are invited from industry, universities and government agencies. Field trips are scheduled to visit businesses and facilities engaged in science and technology. Click on "Programs" above for the current schedule.

Scholarships and Grants

We provide support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps for Lee County students and scholarships for their participation. We grant scholarships for outstanding high school seniors who will pursue STEM majors in college, based upon recommendations by their science teachers. We currently are providing $200 grants to science teachers to help them purchase the supplies and equipment they need to effectively teach their students. We fund these programs through contributions by our members and other generous individuals and foundations. Click on "Scholarships and Grants" above for more information.

Science Fairs

Our members serve as judges for Lee County school science fairs and the annual Regional Science Fair. Participating as a judge is open to all members. Being able to interact with inquisitive young people and encourage them in their interest in science is an extremely rewarding experience for our members and the students. Click on "Science Fair Judging" above for more information and our current judging schedule.