November 2016
Meet Percy!
Iguanas, like Percy, are some of the largest lizards found in America.  Like other reptiles, iguanas are cold-blooded, egg-laying animals with an excellent ability to adapt to their environment.  Most iguanas are herbivores eating fruit, flower buds, and leaves. 
"All About Animals," is a very popular STEM Extension class at the Science Center.  Percy, and his five iguana friends, play an important role in helping students discover more about iguanas including where they live, what they eat, how big they get and other fun facts.  In addition, students explore ways to classify animals based on their physical characteristics and behaviors just like a scientist.  Percy enjoys his special guest appearances in the STEM Extension classes!   
Over 5,000 Pinellas County school students will participate in STEM Extension programs at the Science Center this year.  Each 45-minute class for grades K-2 or 90-minute class for grades 4-12 introduces a number of content specific benchmarks in one of four science categories: Life, Physical, Earth & Nature or Nature of Science. STEM Extension offers over 60 hands-on programs featuring everything from space to animal-themed classes.  

Your $5,000 contribution will sponsor an animal-themed STEM Extension class plus help maintain the Iguana habitat. 
Your support helps foster innovative science, technology, engineering and math education.  These experiences build the foundation for life-long learning and future career success!




 The Science Center received $5,000 from Nicklaus of Florida, Inc. to support STEM Education at the Science Center. Thank You!

Chelsea Duca
Volunteer of the Month

Chelsea enjoys taking care of the resident animals at the Science Center.  She especially enjoys Elliott, the rat snake.  Chelsea feeds him, cleans his habitat and gives Elliott lots of attention.  She often does "double-duty" by helping to prepare materials for STEM lessons while ensuring Elliott gets the one-on-one attention he deserves.   


Thank you, Chelsea, for everything you do!






Please support STEM Education at the Science Center.   

Because of you, great futures start here!

Your commitment to the Science Center is very much appreciated. On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, Percy, and most importantly, the children, we gratefully acknowledge your generous sponsorship. We truly appreciate your support.            

Duke Energy
Charles A. Lauffer Trust
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 915
Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay
Ledman USA
Madico Window Films, Inc.
Pinellas Education Foundation
QTM, Inc.
ASCO/Emerson Charitable Trust
Astronomy Club
Clarity Services
Florida High Tech Corridor
Geographic Solutions
Gulf Coast Iguana Sanctuary
High Tech Corridor
Little Oceans
Nicklaus of Florida, Inc.
PNC Foundation
Sirata Beach Resort
The Grainger Foundation
Thomas & Mary James Foundation
USF Research Foundation, Inc.
EnviroFocus Technologies LLC
Gopher Resources
University of South Florida
William O'Neil Trust
Knowledge Quest
PDR Certified Public Accountants
Queen's Court, Inc.
In Memory of Alice Radcliffe
Trenam Kemker
Wells Fargo
Dennis & Susan Black
Patricia Brown
Scott Callison
Jan Fleck
Jack Geller
Aundre Green
Lucy Curci-Gonzales
In Memory of Gary and Marie
Edward Peachey
Brandy Polkinghorn
Richard Peck
Kay Schwartz
Janet Till
Ebony Vaz
Mitch Vigeveno