Friday, January 28, 2022

Both Virtual & In-Person Learning Experiences

Virtual Learning Experience

9th Annual ZORA! STEM Conference for Middle School Students

A Virtual “Education Day” Activity at ZORA! Festival 2022

Friday January 28, 2022; 12:45 – 4:00 PM

For questions, please contact Amanda Allen at:

Phone: (321)-213-5375



  • 9:00 am: Alex Zamalin - Visions of Utopia
  • 10:30: Stacey Robinson - Visual Legacy of Black Speculative Practice
  • 1:30 PM: John Jennings - Critical Race Design
  • 2:30: Closing Remarks

Step into the shoes of a forensic scientist – but watch your step! Clues are hidden around every corner, waiting to be discovered, collected, analyzed, and matched to a potential suspect. Can you use your science skills to figure out whodunit?


  • 1:05 – Welcome and Introduction
  • 1:10 – What is Forensic Science? What skills do Forensic Scientists use to solve crimes?
  • 1:15 – Virtual Crime Scene at OSC
    Bitly link of a virtual crime scene
  • 1:30 – Fingerprinting
    Students will be guided to collect their fingerprints
  • 1:45 – Q&A
  • 1:50 – Close

Items/Materials Needed Per Student

  • 1 Piece of Paper
  • 1 Sharpened Pencil
  • 5 pieces of Scotch Tape, 2 inches long

Role of the teacher

  • Access bitly link at indicated time (on a main screen that all students in classroom can see)
  • Ensure students have materials for fingerprinting activity


Inspire Science Learning for Life

Hosted by Dr. Jessica Chisholm, Professor at Valencia College West, Cybersecurity and Network Engineering Technology. Participants will learn how the Internet is used by Open Source Intelligence (OSI), a new and upcoming field in cybersecurity. OSI is derived from freely available tools found using the Internet and are designed to help security professionals.  General knowledge of these techniques can also help anyone, who wants to protect their own digital footprint.



  • 1:55 – Welcome and Introduction
  • 2:10 – What is Open Source Intelligence
  • 2:15 – Google Dorking
    • How it is done
  • 2:30 – The way back Machine
    • Showcase archived websites
  • 2:45 – Q&A
  • 2:50 – Close


Items/Materials Needed

  1. Computer w/ access to the Internet
  2. Projector/screen for viewing

Role of the teacher

  1. Access PowerPoint to show student
  2. Access to Google and Way back machine using Internet

Hosted by Dr. Tracy MacIntosh, Emergency Medicine Physician and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the UCF College of Medicine. Participants will learn how to use their hands to apply pressure to a wound, pack a wound to control bleeding, correctly apply a tourniquet, perform chest compressions, and more. Students will work in groups and identify everyday items that will empower them to assist in an emergency and potentially save a life.

Dr. MacIntosh will show a short video by Dr. Abdullah Pratt, an ER Physician from Chicago, who will provide tips on how to respond when someone is experiencing a life-threatening bleeding emergency. After the demonstration, Dr. MacIntosh will ask each classroom to break out into small groups to identify everyday items that can be used to create and place a tourniquet, apply pressure, and pack a bleeding wound. Dr. MacIntosh will coach students on how to use these items and practice what they learned from Dr. Pratt. Dr. Pratt will then demonstrate how to perform chest compressions and CPR, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Dr. MacIntosh will take questions from the audience and close with a fun game of Kahoot!


  • 2:45 – Welcome and Introduction
  • 2:50 – Video – Stop the Bleed 100 Youth Violence Prevention - 4:15-15:53
  • 2:55 – Group activity Each classroom should breakout into small groups. Dr. MacIntosh will walk groups through the steps and procedures to treat life threatening bleeding using the soft materials identified.
  • 3:00pm – Video – CPR and AED 100 Youth Violence Prevention - 17:38-24:45
  • 3:10 – Q&A
  • 3:20 – Kahoot Quiz Classrooms will compete against each other in a fun game of Kahoot that will highlight and reinforce the steps and tips learned from the session.
  • 3:30 – Close

Items/Materials Needed

  1. Arm or Leg = Empty 1 quart milk bottle with hole in the middle OR rolled up t-shirt
  2. Materials to pack wound = Old t-shirt, sanitation napkins (pads or tampons), wad of tissue or paper towels, etc.
  3. Torniquet = Cargo belt, thin belt, thick rope/strap, etc.
  4. CPR “dummy” = Pillow (or similar)

Role of the teacher

  1. Play video at times notated (on a main screen that all students in classroom can see)
  2. Go to Kahoot website, input code given, and select answers given by the students (on a main screen that all students in classroom can see

In-Person Learning Experience

ZORA! STEM Education Hub (Grades K-12)

Explore STEM project-based learning activities that focus on introducing students to various areas in the STEM industry.

Friday January 28, 2022; 09:00AM – 5:00 PM


Grades K-5 (Forensic Science and Innovation)
Create your own kaleidoscope and learn about Forensic science with a DNA experiment

Grades 6-12(Forensic Science and Alternative Energy)
Explore solar energy while building your own solar bug and use Forensic science to find out who ate Zora's barbecue!

Grades K-5 (Coding and Robotics)
Explore the areas of computer science while creating a bracelet with binary code and programming robots through a STEM maze.

Grades 6-12 (Coding and Robotics)
Explore the areas of computer science while creating your own mobile game and programming robots through a STEAM maze

Grades K-5 (Circuitry and Engineering Design)
Explore circuitry while making your own LED bracelet and engage in the Engineering design process with a zip line challenge

Grades 6-12 (Circuitry and Engineering Design)
Learn about the Engineering design process while building balloon cars and creating your own LED greeting card

Grades K-12 (Geometry and Optical Illusions)

Learn how Art and Math have a lot in common as well as participate in a collaborative art project that will enlighten you about Zora Neal Hurston and Eatonville

2022 Zora STEM Hub brought to you by eSTEAMed Learning,Inc

eSTEAMed Learning, Inc is 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on providing science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) project-based learning opportunities to under-served communities in order to increase their representation in the STEAM.

The organization strives to provide a learning environment where the parents and students can learn about their interests and they connect to the STEAM industry.

The organization was founded in 2017 by Candace Finley, a scientist and STEAM educator. As a former student in PEC's summer program, she gained her interest in science at an early age.She recieved her undergraduate degree in Biology from Stillman College and graduate degree in Biotechnology from University of Alabama in Birmingham. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate degree in STEM Education K-8.

Since the organization was founded, Candace has been to STEAM project-based learning opportunities to thr Central Florida area as well as Jamaica, Kenya, and Trinidad and Tobago. The organization's future plans include continuing to collaborate with the STEAM industry with a goal to establish a mobile STEAM bus to provide STEAM project-based afterschool program to local communities that don't have access to afterschool program as well establish a STEAM academy!


eSTEAMed Learning, Inc gives the Association to Preserve Eatonville, Inc permission to use media such as photography and graphics for promotional purposes. All media and photography promoting eSTEAMed Learning, Inc should be credited to eSTEAMed Learning, Inc unless otherwise specified.

Meet the Author Janae Marks

A Virtual Event: Friday, January 28, 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy a Q&A session with Janae Marks! Her book From the Desk of Zoe Washington is on the Sunshine State Young Readers award list, and soon to be a Disney Original movie, produced by Kerry Washington!

From the desk of Zoe Washington is a captivating novel that follows one courageous girl as she questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right, even in the face of great opposition.

Janae Marks is the author of middle grade novels. Her book From the Desk of Zoe Washington is recommended for Grades 3-7. The session will also include an opportunity for virtual Q&A.

This virtual author visit is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Presented in partnership with the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. 

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