Future Physicists of Florida, a new organization, aims to encourage middle and high school students to prepare for college majors in physics and engineering

I complain often about the course-taking choices of Florida’s high school students and the advice they receive from guidance counselors, teachers and administrators – that it steers students away from higher-level math courses and physics, which are the gateway high school courses to high-paying careers in the physical sciences and engineering.

Perhaps this is the antidote – the Future Physicists of Florida.

The idea is to recruit middle school students who demonstrate some mathematical ability into the organization, where they (and their parents) will receive encouragement to pursue a high school academic program that will optimally prepare them for college majors in physics and engineering.

The organization is launching this fall, with its first induction ceremony in November at FSU’s Turnbull Conference Center.  To get started, the organization is working with six middle schools.  Participating physics professors come from Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, the University of West Florida, and Tallahassee Community College.

The organization is receiving financial and administrative support from FSU’s FCR-STEM, and the web site was designed and built on a volunteer basis by the CTO of Horizon Marketing, Bill Harper.

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