FSU Panama City is committed to promoting STEM excellence from piquing the curiosity of a student in the primary grades to linking university students to high school students who are considering a career in STEM. The FSU Panama City STEM Institute is tasked with making this commitment a reality and with bringing into schools, classrooms and other learning environments in the region the expertise and resources that focus on STEM and on creating the STEM professionals of the future.

STEM Institute At A Glance

  • Created at FSU Panama City in 2007
  • Approved as an official Florida State University Institute in January 2011
  • Trained more than 2,000 students (K-12)
  • Trained more than 200 elementary school, middle school and high school teachers

STEM Programs


STEM Promotes Educational Excellence

We believe in promoting educational excellence through providing educators with professional skills, creating quality learning opportunities for K-12 students, cultivating regional partnerships and developing new STEM education programs.

The FSU Panama City STEM Institute is located on the beautiful campus of FSU Panama City with access to millions of dollars of amazing learning space, state-of-the-art equipment and expertise in many areas of STEM from engineering to forensics, from finance to communication. The STEM Institute then links these resources to educators, to businesses, and to school districts to expand the scope and reach of STEM in the region.

The FSU Panama City STEM Institute provides learning opportunities for educators in the form of professional development, combining practicing STEM professionals with practicing educators as each learns the work of the others. By fully understanding the work of STEM professionals, educators are better equipped to understand the knowledge and skills required and to translate that into classroom practices. Whether it is a Summer STEM Camp for middle and high school students, an opportunity to dive the Gulf waters in the Summer High School SCUBA Lab, or to learn to program VEX robots, the STEM Institute is the hub of STEM experiences in the region.

The STEM Institute provides the environment and the technical expertise to infuse and to support STEM interest and learning in the region. Whether students are learning in classrooms and laboratories with state-of-the-art technology or exploring the Gulf floor with side-scan radar, the STEM Institute’s focus remains on capturing student interest in STEM careers.