About The stemCONNECT Program

stemCONNECT is a FREE statewide resource that allows teachers to request STEM experts to speak with their students through online video conferencing about many topics relating to high tech.  Scientist and researchers from the Corridor's universities, state colleges, and local industry will volunteer their time to discuss their specific topic of expertise and some career information using stemCONNECT's easy-to-use virtual platform.  Subjects may include any STEM application and can be extremely specific like, how various chemical reactions can create alternative forms of energy or broad like a career in simulation.  stemCONNECT can be a great resource for introducing a topic, reinforcing an idea, or exploring further.  Using web video conferencing these sessions can be live or pre-recorded,  we will work with the educators and experts to ensure we are able to record the session. Students and experts are able to interact and ask questions.  stemCONNECT administrators will work with each classroom to select a suitable expert to speak to their classroom at a predetermined time.  The administrators will also work with your class schedule to do a quick test to ensure your first session runs smoothly.  The session will be controlled by a stemCONNECT administrator (remotely) so that there is no interference in the conversation.  The stemCONNECT team will provide any additional instructions prior to the stemCONNCT session if needed.

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (The Corridor) is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.

The Corridor Council is co-chaired by the three university presidents and includes representatives from the region's state colleges and leaders of high tech industry.  Its unique partnership with more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations, 14 state colleges and 12 Career Source boards has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development leveraging resources across a 23-county region.

What do I need to Participate?

stemCONNECT has licensed the technology which allows for classroom and experts to interact with each other throughout the presentation.  If multiple teachers are interested in participation in the same virtual lesson, a simultaneous feed into each classroom will be arranged.

Participating classrooms and experts need:


    High-speed Internet Connection

    Classrooms will need to be connected to a projector and external speakers.

    Webcam with microphone, if you do not have have this equipment, stemCONNECT will arrange for the school to borrow one.