Three events took place this weekend at the University of Central Florida which were exciting for education. Six thousand teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, students and friends of education in Florida joined together to send the message to our legislature that there must be no more cuts to our schools. Across Florida citizens are joining to voice their outrage at proposed cuts to our children's future. I have spoken at a number of events and hope that our legislators listen to our voices.
The second wonderful event was the Central Florida Regional Middle School Science Olympiad. I had the opportunity to watch hundreds of excited middle school students from schools across Central Florida compete in problem solving situations testing individuals and teams in a variety of topic areas.
And finally I spoke at the "Expanding Your Horizons" Conference for middle school girls and their parents focusing on careers in science and engineering. While the girls participated in incredible activities designed to excite and kindle a love for math and science, parents participated in a full day of workshops and seminars to give them the tools to help their daughters achieve their goals. I was honored to speak to the parents, answer a few questions and honor their commitment to parenting. It was a wonderful day for education!
Recently we had a guest come and bring a different perspective to our study of flight. Mr. Moses Alicea is a gifted remote control airplane hobbyist who came and share his hobby with our third and fourth graders. You won't find a better way of helping students to understand flight than by watching students in awe as a remote controlled plane flies to almost 1000 feet, goes into a "hammerhead stall" and recover into an inverted pass over our field. Mr. Alicea uses electric engines powered by batteries created as a result of breakthroughs in cell phone and computer battery technology.
The best teaching takes place when students are excited and asking for more. Mr. Alicea is a great teacher and we look forward to the next time he pays us a visit!