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Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving. For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the first time The revised Florida Black Bear Curriculum is free, easy for teachers to use, and meets the new Florida Standards for educational curricula. The curriculum offers 10 lessons on topics such as “The Black Bear Necessities” and “Oh Where, Oh Where is the Florida Black Bear?” ... Read More »

Sweet Victory


GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray [email protected] In my experience, especially as a writer, learning about any new place always begins with getting to know its people. I love listening to the local stories, and I’m always eager to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the people that make their town great. I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his Shima Dojo at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. To this day, it ranks as one of my most favorite stories. So of course, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do an update on all of the exciting things ... Read More »



No more pencils, no more books… is the anthem of the summer.  While pencils, books, tests, grades and classrooms may pause for the summer, should the learning take a break as well?  Urmila Wadnerkar, program manager at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) says the adamant answer is, “No way! We at C’mon believe that learning is a lifelong process that should be encouraged and nurtured all year long.” Over the course of a lifetime, the average person spends only 5% of their time in school.  This means that we spend the majority of life outside of school… 95%.  ... Read More »

Manatee Middle School Hurricanes ‘ROAR’

Karina Miranda and Seraphanime Garcia paired up with a presentation  on manatees and Florida panthers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Nancy Richie At Manatee Middle School, the teachers and sixth-grade students didn’t slow down just because school was winding down for the summer. For eight weeks, they worked hard, researching their own Southwest Florida backyards. This hands-on, end-of-the-school-year research assignment is part of the Collier County Public School (CCPS) Pre-Laureate writing program. CCPS’s most capable students have the opportunity to pursue an AP Laureate diploma, the most demanding CCPS diploma available. This Laureate Program continues to grow with 80 Laureate graduates from five high schools this past year, compared with just three at one school when the program began ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Celebrates $10,000 Donation

The newly restored mullet skiff was made possible by the $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY

The Friends of Rookery Bay today celebrated a $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for the restoration of a mullet skiff used in high school education programs provided by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Reps from the Foundation, together with marine science students and faculty from Lely High School, Reserve staff and other partners, “unveiled” the restored boat. It was just outfitted with a new motor and a Guy Harvey-designed hull wrap before taking it out on the water for an education program. In 2013, Harvey served as the Honorary Chair for the Friends of Rookery Bay’s ... Read More »

Rookery Receives Donation


The Friends of Rookery Bay celebrated a $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for the restoration of a mullet skiff used in high school education programs provided by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Reps from the Foundation, together with marine science students and faculty from Lely High School, Reserve staff, and other partners, “unveiled” the restored boat, which was just outfitted with a new motor and Guy Harvey designed hull wrap, before taking it out on the water for an education program. The students participating today have been working on film projects all year in partnership with ... Read More »

Dr. Ellen Prager Wows the Crowds at Rookery Bay

In celebration of Everglades Day, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve offered films, naturalist presentations, a guided walk, and a lecture by Dr. Ellen Prager called “Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All.” During two session this morning Dr. Prager spoke to 280 students from Manatee Middle School, sharing stories and images from her adventures as a scientist, and reading clips from her about-to-be released new book, Shark Whisperer. Geared toward kids aged 9 to 12, Shark Whisperer has been called “…an underwater Harry Potter.” Each student received a copy of the new book. Later in ... Read More »

MICMS Student Nominee for Tech Trek

MICMS 7th-grader Laura Poelstrap (left) is pictured with her science teacher, Mary Jo O’Regan, who nominated her for the Tech Trek camp. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” - First Lady Michelle Obama, Sept. 26, 2011   At a time when more than 80 percent of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers but only 13 percent choose a STEM field for their career, Laura Poelstrap is leading the way at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Dr. Ellen Prager to Speak at Rookery Bay


Submitted On April 4, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is celebrating Everglades Day with films, naturalist presentations, a guided walk and featured lecture by Dr. Ellen Prager called “Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All” at 1:30 PM. From her books and adventures, the author and marine scientist will share stories and images that blend ocean science with entertainment, making it fun for people of all ages. Learn while you laugh and be amazed by the ocean’s strange creatures. See how even scientists can be surprised and get a sneak peek at Prager’s about-to-be released ... Read More »

Elementary Engineering

Former TBE student and chemical engineer Jeff Compton watches as a group of students engineer their oil clean-up solution. PHOTOS BY DR. JORY WESTBERRY

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] It has been said that play is the purest form of research, and the fourth-grade students in Gail Dunphy’s class at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have put this statement to the test. Since November, TBE’s entire fourth-grade team has been engaged in a classroom science project that combines engineering and technology to challenge students to devise a solution to clean up an oil spill. The project is part of the STEM — Science Technology Engineering and Math — program at TBE, and was developed by the Museum of Science-Boston through its National Center for Technological ... Read More »

My Life in Paradise Begins…


GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray [email protected] The first time I visited Goodland was just a few short months ago. My mother moved here a year earlier, and insisted I visit soon. So I planned to fly down with my two children, stay with my mom for a month and then return to snow-covered Ohio. My plans went out the window from the moment I woke up on my first morning in Goodland. I knew I would move proverbial mountains to make this paradise my home. Over the last few years, my mother would visit Goodland, post beautiful pictures online, and swear ... Read More »

ACS Grantee Awarded Nobel Prize


Submitted We have exciting news to share about the American Cancer Society’s research program. One of our former ACS-funded scientists has won the 2013 Nobel Prize. This makes 47 former grantees that have won the most prestigious award in medical science. Below is the nationwide news release that describes the researchers’ work and the potential against cancer. The American Cancer Society has an unmatched record in the nonprofit arena for the number of funded researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. This fact speaks to the Society’s ability to both identify and support gifted investigators early in ... Read More »

TBE, Marriott team up for STEM project

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] The beloved banana trees at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have a problem. They have been infested with the dreaded Rugose Spiraling Whitefly. Currently, the leaves of the trees are coated with the white eggs and honeydew left behind by the whitefly, as well as the sooty mold that grows from the clear, sugary honeydew. Anyone living on Marco Island knows these signs can mean death for trees and plants. TBE Principal Dr. Jory Westberry turned the problem into a schoolwide science project. Dubbed the STEM project, all TBE students observed the plant problem and provided ... Read More »

Six Years


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust [email protected] by Harlan Coben Dutton 2013 Harlan Coben’s most recent novel soared to the number one spot on the NYT Bestseller List immediately after it was published several weeks ago in March. I have to admit I was attracted to it because I read that Hugh Jackman had signed on to play the lead in the movie adaptation of Six Years, assuming that if this intelligent actor was eager to be involved in the project (as the Hollywood types call movies in the works), it must be an engrossing story. I was not disappointed. I am ... Read More »

Building Block Donation


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Students at Tommie Barfield Elementary got to test out the very latest in playground equipment before school ended. “The Imagination Playground Building Block equipment, is part of the STEM initiative,” said Principal Jory Westberry. “The students were instantly drawn into showing off their creativity. We had a car, a horse, mini-golf course and fittingly, the students built a version of the Marriott, complete with water fountain.” The Blocks were made possible by a donation of $5000 from the Marco Island Marriott. Rick Medwedeff, General Manager, was on hand to present the school with a check. ... Read More »

Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

BOOK REMARKS Diane Bostick [email protected] Author: Alex Stone Publisher: Harper, June 2012 Kind of an intimidating title, I will admit, but don’t let it keep you from discovering the delights of this book. It is quite fascinating. I know that I told you that the new kid on the block, Maggie Gust, would be doing the non-fiction stuff in the future but I was not totally truthful. If I find a book I really enjoy I am not going to hold back from telling you about it just because it is not fiction. And in some ways this is fiction ... Read More »

Project EverGreen to Host “Backyard Nature: Living GREEN” Exhibit Grand Opening

WHO: Project EverGreen, a 501 c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance green spaces in our communities for today and future generations, and the Imaginarium Science Center, engaging guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). WHAT: Project EverGreen and the Imaginarium Science Center partner to bring Southwest Florida’s newest hands-on green exhibit to life. Join them for the grand opening of “Backyard Nature: Living Green,” a landscape designed to give Florida family ideas for going green in their own backyards using best practices and Florida-friendly landscaping. For more information, please visit WHERE: Imaginarium Science Center 2000 Cranford Ave Ft. Myers, FL 33916 For ... Read More »

Save the Date! 2012 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament November 2 – 4, 2012 Angler and guide participation encouraged to help save our waters.

Clean Water! More Fish! Save the date for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida 2012 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament scheduled for November 2-4. The presenting sponsor for the 2012 event is The Johnson Meland Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Allen Systems Group is the “Stars and Stripes” sponsor which will allow two teams of selected veterans to participate in the Tournament. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. To become a sponsor, call 239-403-4219 or email [email protected] The Tournament is open to all amateur anglers. Awards will be presented to the top teams in each division, largest fish, grand ... Read More »

Robert Daniel Madonna

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  IN MEMORIAM: September 19, 1956-April 15, 2012  Robert D. Madonna was a science teacher for Collier County Public Schools for 20 years, on the high school level, in Immokalee, Everglades City and in Naples at Lely High School. Mr. Madonna leaves behind his beloved wife, Joan Leindecker Madonna, his daughter and son, Joanna and Robert and extended family. He was a passionate fan of the Chicago Blackhawks and, of course, ‘Da Bears.’ Bob coached baseball and soccer for the Marco Island YMCA, Lely High School and Gulf Coast Little League. He was a popular teacher and ... Read More »

Meet Marco Island’s Sunshine State Scholar

By Natalie Strom  [email protected]  Lely High School is honored to announce one of their own as a recipient of the Florida Education Foundation’s Sunshine State Scholar program. The Foundation, which recognizes “Florida’s top 11th grade students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), chooses one to two students from each school district. Alexander Robau, of Marco Island, was chosen to represent the entire county of Collier for this prestigious award. “Alexander is part of an elite group of 80 eleventh graders, selected by their school districts as being Florida’s top students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” explains Mary ... Read More »