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President’s Update JUNE 2012

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 13th

Chris Pendleton President’s Update for May 2012Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Summer 2012 marks six years that the new non-profit organization has been at the helm of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The accomplishments have been steady and numerous, but one of the most significant has been the growth and development of education programming throughout the site as well as off-site.

As a commitment to STEM education for our students (Science + Technology + Engineering + Mathematics = STEM), there were many new programs in science and engineering this past year. This is a very appropriate way to continue the legacy of Edison and Ford and also help reinforce school classroom curriculum.

This included the Wild Wizard school year program on Engineers and Engineering. Through a total of $75,000 in grants from GE and Don and Arlene Keehan, as well as our own operating revenues, the Edison Ford engineering and science staff presented a dynamic hands-on program demonstrating careers and principles of chemical, mechanical, electrical, environmental and civil engineering. This reached a five county service region with almost 20,000 students and teachers who participated in the shows and also the teacher in-service.

The Edison Ford also participated with Lee County Schools to present STEM opportunities to Fort Myers Middle Academy which included in-school classes, programs at the Edison Ford and summer camp counselor placements. This $22,000 magnet school grant was through the US Department of Education and will continue for the next two years and include Teacher In-Service.

And of course, the original Inventor’s Summer Camp, which started seven years ago with two weeks of summer programming, has expanded to week-long camps throughout the summer with 60 students a week participating. It has outgrown the classroom in the Edison Caretaker’s House and now includes classroom areas in the Edison Garage, the Museum and wherever we can find space on the site. The photo of the first week of camp participants also includes Patron (and Chemical Engineer) Don Keehan who visited the Solar Energy Camp. He was pleased and we are very proud of our education staff and volunteers.

As the warm summer months progress, please remember that we are a great warm weather destination with hands-on demonstrations and new exhibits in the Museum, river cruises on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and of course, the beautiful and restored gardens, homes and lab of Edison and Ford for touring and enjoying.

I look forward to reporting to you next month on our College Student Summer Interns, as well as plans for the new Museum West Porch and designs for the Education & Innovation Center.

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