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The future of the United States depends on our capacity to increase the number of professionals in the STEAM fields. This can only be accomplished through students pursuing post secondary studies and careers in the areas of STEAM. Below you will find some of the STEAM initiatives M-DCPS supports through the Department of Mathematics and Science, and the Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE.)

Many of the initiatives may be implemented across curriculum and we encourage such collaboration. Schools will find this information useful for creating School Improvement Plan (SIP) STEAM strategies. This list is not comprehensive, and will continue to increase throughout the school year. For more information or ideas please visit the STEAM website links below.


2017 STEAM Expo


The annual STEM Expo is a gathering of Miami-Dade County's most creative, intelligent, and resourceful students that compete and demonstrate their prowess in STEM activities. Over 8,000 people attended 2015 STEM Expo.

   Mobile Labs

Mobile STEM Labs


M-DCPS STEM Magnet Schools

Mathematics, Science, and Technology programs utilize innovative strategies and technology to engage students in investigation and discovery. This hands-on approach captures natural curiosity and stimulates interest, thereby building better understanding and quality performance. Students utilize mathematics, science, and technology laboratories, as well as real world environmental sites, to engage in mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design.

M-DCPS/FIU Partnerships


FCR-STEM: FSU/FIU/M-DCPS partnerships

Teacher Induction &
Professional Support


Florida STEM TIPS is a unique, mobile-ready online coaching platform designed to support new mathematics and science teachers. This online induction model will support the district’s existing efforts in developing and retaining new 6-12th grade STEM teachers. STEM TIPS     About STEM Tips

Florida STEM TIPS provides immediate, customized, subject-specific, online instructional coaching and professional development from University of Florida education specialists, as well as access to classroom-tested resources and VIP e-Kits featuring interactive teaching tools.


UM/M-DCPS Partnerships


STEM First Year
Summer Bridge

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is committed to helping students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through the STEM Summer Bridge program, incoming first-year students receive a rewarding and enriching experience as they transition from high school to college.


M-DCPS Coding, Programming and Computer Science

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has partnered with to expand participation in coding, programing and computer science to elementary, middle and high school M-DCPS students. This partnership will provide teacher professional development and curriculum from 2015 to 2018.


M-DCPS Participates in Hour of Code

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has joined to support the "Hour of Code," a campaign to recruit all K-12 students to try Computer Science for one hour, especially during Computer Science Education Week.

In preparation to participate in the Hour of Code contest, teachers should follow these steps:

National STEM League

1200 Students Participate in 2015-16 Ten80 STEMFest

Ten80 Student Racing Challenge

The Ten80 Racing Challenge STEM Initiative is a project-based learning system, network and league through which middle and high school students practice the art of being professionals.

Future Goals

Florida Panther: Future Goals-Hockey Scholar

Please join us to learn more about:

  • Accessing and exploring the program
  • Standard  alignment for Math & Science 4-8th grade
  • Lesson plan correlation & extended activities
  • Get invited to STEM field trips at the BB&T Center

Guests will be provided with a ticket to the preseason game following the training. We encourage you to invite your colleagues.

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Critical Skills for the Modern Learner


Discovery Education's STEM Offerings and STEM Camp

As part of Discovery Education's passion and commitment to effective STEM education for all students, teachers and communities, we have launched our Discovery Education STEM Camp - dynamic series of standards-aligned curricula available at NO COST to schools, districts, non-profit organizations, and parents for use as part of summer camps, after-school STEM programs, or wherever support is needed. For STEM Camp curricula, visit:

Safety Skills Initiative

Preparing Students for Safe and Healthy Work: M-DCPS and NIOSH/CDC Skills for Safe and Healthy Work are vital to work, college and career readiness. Did you know that every minute, a young person in the United States is injured on the job? Youth are twice as likely as adults to get hurt at work. By the time they finish high school, 80% of U.S. teens have held a job. But the vast majority of them enter the workforce unprepared for the challenges-and hazards-they face.

That is why M-DCPS is collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to give students vital skills they need to stay safe and healthy on the job now–and throughout their lives. NIOSH/CDC has created a free, customized, lesson for M-DCPS for use in the 8th grade science classes.

      NIOSH/CDC Talking Safety | Talking Safety | Presentation

  Piano Slam/MDCPS

Piano Slam

The mission of Piano Slam is to utilize music as a tool and inspiration to give our youth a voice through artistic expression. Piano Slam is a poetry writing competition that asks students to compose works of poetry inspired by their reactions to a selection of music, and, if they become a finalist, to perform their composition at our Piano Slam event at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

        Piano Slam Home

Community STEAM Events

Miami-Dade County Public Schools recognizes that our community partners offer great STEM opportunities to our schools, teachers and students throughout our Miami-Dade community.  For more information for the events below, go to:
        Community STEAM Events
        Aventura Cientifica Summer Program
        Premio Verde Information, and Application Form, and Nomination Form
        Paid STEM Summer Internship-Rising Seniors
        S.T.E.A.M. Day at Marlin Park Video | Marlin's STEAM Day Info
        Justise Winslow D.R.E.A.M Showcase
        Science Art Cinema Flyer








  • Water Bottle Rocket
  • Bionic/Robotic Hand Kit Exposition Event
  • Bridge Building & Testing and much more
  • SECME Miami-Dade Website

South Florida Regional Science & Engineering Fair

  • The Poster Board Project,
  • The Research Paper, and
  • The International Bridge Building
  • SFRSEF Website


The Miami-Dade County Public Schools SECME (Science, Engineering, Communication, and Mathematics Enhancement) Stars III 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) after school program will serve  students and their families from our four Title I schools; Comstock Elementary, Earlington Heights Elementary, Maya Angelou Elementary and Irving and Beatrice Peskoe K-8 Center.    SECME Stars III website


The Fairchild Challenge

Competitive, multidisciplinary environmental education for grades PreK-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  The Fairchild Challenge is an annual, standards-based, environmental education outreach program of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Form more information, Fairchild Challenge


Dream in Green:  Green Schools Challenge

The Green Schools Challenge involves students and school staff directly in designing and implementing energy and environmental solutions at their schools. School activities are student-led and use education and school-wide behavior change to meet energy-reduction goals that are part of an overall plan to reduce the school‘s carbon footprint.


Everglade's Literacy Programm Curriculum

M-DCPS/Everglades Literacy Program

The Everglades Literacy Program is a free teacher training and curriculum initiative designed to improve the understanding of this rich topic through interdisciplinary techniques. The Everglades Literacy Conceptual Framework and K-12 Curriculum is a free set of lessons (three per grade level) that scaffold from K-12 in order to build complexity among topics.

Register for our next Everglades Literacy teacher workshop on February 27, 2016. Participants will learn how to integrate interdisciplinary lessons focused on bringing the Everglades into the classroom. All hands-on lessons are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards and Florida Standards.

  • In-service points upon completion of follow up assignments
  • Grade specific lesson materials
  • Eligibility for future field trips to Greater Everglades Ecosystem locations

K-12 lesson can be downloaded for free at


EarthEcho International Toyota USA Foundation Grant

This science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational experience, sponsored by Toyota USA Foundation, engages students in authentic STEM learning opportunities with real-world connections through an environmental theme.

Professional Development Flyer



  DCCTM Math Bowl

DCCTM Math Bowl

The Annual Mathematics Bowl, sponsored by Dade County Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DCCTM), is a contest open to all public elementary schools in Miami-Dade County. Each elementary school may send two teams: one 2nd/3rd grade team and one 4th/ 5thgrade team. Events feature critical thinking and hands-on problem solving. Awards will be given for each first, second, and third place winning grade-level team group at the closing ceremony.

2017 Registration Form
  Mu Alpha Theta Math Bonanza


The Middlelementary Math Bonanza is a contest open to all public elementary schools and K-8 Centers in Miami-Dade County, for students in grades 4 through 8 with both individual and four-person team events in the two divisions of grades 4 to 6 and grades 7 to 8. The competition consists of one Individual Test for each grade level and three team tests, involving mental math strategies and areas of Algebra & Geometry, to name a few. Awards are given to the top ten individuals in each grade based on an Individual Test, and the top five 4-person teams in each division based on the sum of their scores in three team tests.

  Mathematics in our Community

Mathematics in our Community

As part of the Mathematics In Our Community initiative, the Department of Mathematics provides resources which foster collaboration with K-12 students, families, neighborhoods, and communities to assist in helping all stakeholders understand the New Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS).

  Mathematics Showcase

Mathematic Showcase

The Mathematics Showcase celebrates academic excellence. This section is dedicated to the presentation of student scholarly activities to include projects, competitions etc.


MU ALPHA THETA Honor Society

Mu Alpha Theta (ΜΑΘ) is the mathematics honor society for high schools. Its main goals are to inspire keen interest in mathematics, develop strong scholarship in the subject, and promote the enjoyment of mathematics in high school students.

Competitions for High School, go to Mu Alpha Theta Home

Mu Alpha Theta Schools 2016 | Mu Alpha Theta 2016 Results


MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.

MATHCOUNTS programs involve students and teachers in year-long coaching sessions and help middle school students at all learning levels improve their problem-solving skills.

Website: MATH COUNTS | Math Counts Competition Team Results 2016 |

Math Counts Competition Student Results 2016



March 17 - April 10, 2016

Video CTE Contests & Projects

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair CTE Contests

Fair divisions and on-site contests are supervised and judged by CTE educators in the following categories. Approximately 14,000 projects are entered in the divisions below.Student Exhibits Information

  • Digi-Con

  • Aviation and Aerospace, Glider flight & design contests

  • Business, Finance, Marketing, and Information Technology

  • Drafting, Graphic Arts, Photography

  • Robotics - VEX Challenge & BattleBots contests

  • Technology Student Association exhibits & Dragster Race

  • Fashion and Culinary Contests

  • Youth Agricultural Exhibits

  • Student Agriculture Ambassadors


CTE Website

  CTE Programs Aligned to STEM Career Cluster

Several CTE programs have been aligned to the STEM career cluster by Florida DOE, several more will be added to the list this year. Programs include:.

Industry Certification

Student understanding and application of STEM skills in mathematics, science and technology, along with specific career technical skills are vital for achievement of a majority of CTE industry certifications, such as Autodesk AutoCAD, ServeSafe, Microsoft Office Specialist, Cisco Networking, and many more.    Industry Certification Information

CTE Student Organizations

Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

CTSO curriculum for leadership activities and student competitions offers a wide range of STEM-related learning opportunities in the classroom and at conferences. Contests include:

December 5, 2015
8:00am - 3:30pm
at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Special Guest Speakers


 Career Tech Ed Challenge, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Miami Dade College
,  Wolfson Campus.

  • Culinary Arts

  • DECA-Marketing Finance Role Play

  • DECA-Marketing Hospitality Role Play

  • Engineering Encounter Bridge Design

  • Mobile App Challenge

  • Network Design Parliamentary Procedures

  • Quiz Bowl

  • Special Parent Sessions

  • Website Design


Biomedical Science Program MAST Medical Academy Homestead & PLTW program at Jose De Diego Middle created with Race to the Top Grant Funds.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Schools

Jose de Diego Middle School, American Senior, Booker T. Washington Senior, North Miami Senior, Miami Sunset Senior, Hialeah Gardens Senior, and Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST of Homestead)

NAF Academies of Engineering     STEM NAF Advisory Board

 Innov@te and
Miami-Dade County
Youth Fair

Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Competition

Developed by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, coordinated, and judged by American Society of Civil Engineers local Miami-Dade Chapter and by National Chapter. Prizes for district , state & national winners.

Download Free Bridge Design Software


Robotic Competitions

Robotics competitions engage Engineering, Science, and Math students throughout the school year, at various venues, including the Miami-Dade Youth Fair, local schools, TSA conferences and SECME.


Using Drones in Agriscience Programs


Flight Plan- Drones in Florida classrooms help farms

Photo courtesy of WSVN


Females in STEM Careers

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