Previous CPET Programs

Through the 60 year history of CPET, we have been fortunate to offer many learning opportunities for teachers and students. Below are some of our recently retired programs. Though they are completed, the memories made and lessons learned during each of these programs are invaluable.

Biomedical Explorations: Bench to Bedside 2010-2016

Biomedical Explorations: Bench to Bedside focused on translational research, from discovery-based research to clinical therapeutics. Bench to Bedside was funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), administered by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Grant No: R25 RR023294 and R25 OD16551. This project created and expanded partnerships connecting researchers in interdisciplinary biomedical sciences with high school teachers to promote students’ interest in and preparation for bioscience careers. This innovative program integrated experiences from a summer Institute into classroom action during the school year.

During the Institute, an experimental sequence in basic science and clinical and applied research environments will illustrate scientific content, pedagogical methods, career options, and conceptual and technological interrelationships within translational research. Teachers work with science and education researchers to develop lessons and laboratory exercises that convey the principles of translational research and drug development in the context of career choices. During the school year, research proposals, resources, formal presentations, review of classroom outcomes and incentives for ongoing professional development will provide continuing support and encouragement to incorporate scientific processes, real-world skills and enthusiasm for bioscience careers into schools in rural and economically disadvantaged settings.

STEAM Quest 2015-2016

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Quest summer program was designed to immerse students entering 11th and 12th grade in various art and science disciplines at the University of Florida to stimulate curiosity and appreciation for the range of college degrees and career opportunities available in science and art. Students become Gators for a week living on campus and experiencing residence life, visiting research laboratories and artists’ studios, entering the behind the scenes world of art and science museums, including the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art and attending a variety of lectures and demonstrations.

STEM Immersion 2013-2014

The STEM Immersion program was developed as three one-week programs serving ~90 STEM scholars per year from the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC), the Heartland Educational Consortium (HEC), and the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) districts in Florida.  Students, either juniors or seniors in high school, were invited to the University of Florida to learn more about the STEM careers and to research into what kind of careers they were interested in having in the future. In order to learn about some of these careers, the students attended lectures, labs, and even the surrounding natural areas at UF. The week culminated in the students giving a presentation on a STEM career of their choice. Students were very appreciative of the experiences they had on campus and are looking forward to learning more about the immense amount of careers and majors available to them as they go off to college in the coming years.

Interdisciplinary Center for Ongoing Research/Education 2008 – 2013

The Interdisciplinary Center for Ongoing Research/Education (ICORE) Partnership was an exciting new opportunity for high school teachers, funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to engage in innovative and continuing professional development. The theme for the program was Emerging Pathogens, an area of cutting-edge and active research with ‘real world’ implications for Florida residents. Teachers performed hands-on research with scientists involved in the identification, understanding, and management of emerging pathogens; incorporate these ideas into classroom-ready modules; and present the results of their experiences to colleagues at professional meetings. ICORE also offered continuing university partnership support to teachers throughout the academic year and beyond.

Duke Talent Identification Program 1992 – 2012

The Duke Talent Identification Program recognizes academically talented students from throughout Florida. Students in the 4th or 5th grade and the 7th grade, who have performed at outstanding levels on standardized scholastic achievement tests are invited to the Recognition Ceremony.

Save the Earth’s Environment Through Knowledge 2005 – 2006

Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge (SEEK) was a three-day environmental science program attended by students selected from high schools around the state of Florida. It was sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and administered by the University of Florida’s Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (UF CPET).

During their stay on campus, these 10th-12th grade students took part in hands-on science activities and field trips focusing on environmental science and pollution.  University staff, faculty and members of the Gainesville community volunteered time to contribute to the program in a number of meaningful ways.

Gator Lab 2004 – 2006

Gator Lab was a middle school science camp at the University of Florida in Gainesville offering a two-week summer day camp designed to provide enrichment experiences for motivated students during the summer following their 6th or 7th grade school year.

Teachers as Scholars (TAS) 2002 – 2005

Teachers as Scholars represented both a new vision of professional development and a vital collaboration between university faculty and school teachers. Through this program, K-12 teachers immersed themselves in scholarly topics and issues led by University faculty. Teachers were given the opportunity to learn, express their thoughts, and discuss topics with faculty and fellow teachers for their own self-enrichment.

Environmental Health Partnership 2001 – 2004

The Environmental Health Partnership (EHP) was the outreach component of the Superfund Basic Research Program at the University of Florida (SBRP at UF), coordinated and administered by the University of Florida Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (UF CPET). A national effort funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Superfund Basic Research Program was designed to complement the existing work by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in the effort to clean up hazardous sites.

Teacher Research Update Experience 1996 – 2000

The TRUE program offered a unique research experience for outstanding middle and high school teachers of science, math, and technology. They were invited to engage in seven weeks of laboratory research, classroom application, and built lasting professional networks with colleagues and research faculty. The TRUE program enabled teachers to bring the latest in research to their own classrooms.

The TRUE program was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and by the University of Florida.