Education Day

“Education Day,” Friday, February 1 will see programs for students in Orlando and at the Outdoor Festival of the Arts in Historic Eatonville.

Kids at Make & Take Tent Education Day Festival

6th Annual ZORA! STEM Conference for Middle School Students

When: February 1, 2019 from 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Orange Technical College, Mid Florida Campus
2900 W. Oak Ridge Road, Bldg. 1600
Orlando, FL 32801

Pre-registration required and must be completed no later than Friday, November 30.

Reserved for Orange County Public School Students.

Please inquire directly to ZORA!™ Festival Headquarters, 407-647-3307.
Target audience: Students attending Title I middle schools as it is this student population which is historically under-represented in the STEM Fields

STEM Conference Class Description and Schedule

STEM Conference Registration Form

At the Outdoor Festival of the Arts, STEM activities will be offered by Orange County Public Schools, the Eatonville Branch of the Orange County Library System and by Black Orlando Tech

STEM activities in the Robert Hungerford Gym organized by Orange County Public Schools
Special Morning Session for Hungerford Elementary ONLY – 9:30 AM – 10:10 AM

  • First Show 10:30 AM – 11:10 AM
  • Second Show 11:20 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Third Show 12:10 PM – 12:50 PM
  • Fourth Show 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

STEM activities will also be offered by Eatonville Branch of the Orange County Library System

“Join the Eatonville Branch of the Orange County Library System and their staff on Education Day, Zora Neale Hurston Festival 2019, to discover and play with a variety of STEM activities and experience the newest in technology.”

Black Orlando Tech (BOT)

B.O.T.  plans on two days full of activities. 
The STEM Experience will host 6-8 different events throughout the day on a rotating basis every 20 minutes.
Events (schedule subject to change)
                10:00 – Potato Sack Races
                10:20 – Tug a War
                10:40 – Egg Drop
                11:00 – Tin Can races
                11:20 – Simple Machines
                11:40 – Circuit Breakers
                12:00 – 5:00 – Repeating

We will be outdoors with both covered and uncovered areas directly on the festival main thoroughfare. B.O.T. will be conducting activities in two locations — the Excellence Without Excuse (E-WE) Community Computer Arts Lab & Learning Center [323 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite D in the Eatonville Commercial Center] AND  in the Open Space located just to the east of the E-WE Lab.

In the E-WE Lab, the activities will focus on we want to host a Hack-an-Learn. Here guests can sign up for 40-minute long technology introduction workshops built for all ages. The Workshop will repeat once an hour.  Also we want to let our educational partners (Esteamed Learning, Techpays, & TechSassyGirls) use part of this space and time to educate the community as to the services they provide.

In the open space, the focus will be facilitating a two-day pavilion with the plan being to split the field between our Tech Exhibitors and the STEAM Experience. We will have a tent to cover the area as well as volunteers present to help visitors navigate the space.

The STEAM Experience section will be a educational “good time” including Kinetic energy egg drops, demo volcanoes, potato sack races and more.  For our STEM Demo Tent; we’ve targeted 15-20 companies to exhibit technology related products and experiences.

Black Orlando Tech (B.O.T.); Orlando’s All-Inclusive Black creative group dedicated to fostering collaboration, creativity and contribution  to Black people in technology in our community, is committed to facilitating a one of a kind STEM pavilion during the 2019 Zora Neale Hurston Festival. We have extended invitations to a number of innovative technologists around Central Florida with an expressed goal of fostering collaboration. The goal is to introduce festival goers especially a large number of local youth in attendance to all the possibilities created by in STEM our communities and beyond.

Creative Writing Workshop for Middle & High School Students

organized by the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center

Program Overview

Event/Workshop: ZORA!™ Festival “What it Feels Like to Be Me…” Teen Creative Writing Workshop

Date: Friday, “Education Day,” February 1, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Description: A creative writing workshop infused with self-actualization free-writing, writing prompts, and literary elements to guide participants in the creation of self-empowered, affirmation narratives and/or poems. Workshop will utilize Zora Neale Hurston’s “What it Feels Like to be Colored Me” as the primary text/source material.

Age group: What it Feels Like to Be Me (Grades 6 – 12)

Number of Students: 30 per session

Duration: Workshops are scheduled for 60 minutes each
9:00 – 10:00 AM & 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Program Type: Free and Open to public

Location: Town of Eatonville, Town Hall — Council Chambers, 307 East Kennedy Boulevard, 32751

Program Cost: Facilitation and art-making material costs assumed by Kitchen Table Literary Arts


Pens, markers, Hurston reference materials, and custom composition sheets for both workshops provided by Kitchen Table Literary Arts; tables and chairs need to be provided by the venue.

Facilitator Bio

Poet and writer Slam Anderson is the Outreach Director for Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center. She is a local spoken word poet and community activist. She has performed and presented workshops for DACCO, Heard ‘Em Say, Town & Country Charter School, Wordier Than Thou, AIDS Health Foundation, and Hands of Hope Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation, and many more organizations, schools, and slam teams across Florida. She served as president of The Poets at University of South Florida, a spoken word organization for students. Slam lives in Tampa, FL by way of Alachua, FL.

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Sheree L. Greer is a text-based artist and educator living in Tampa, Florida. She founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of women writers of color and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover be and A Return to Arms, a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers, and a student writing guide, Stop Writing Wack Essays. Sheree is a VONA/VOICES alum, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice grantee, Ragdale Artist House Rubin Fellow, and Yaddo Fellow. She has completed Creative Capital Core Skills workshops and was awarded an artist grant from the Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs to support her current work in creative nonfiction. Sheree teaches composition, creative writing, fiction workshop, and African American literature at St. Petersburg College in Florida.

Reading Activity

Library Event (at The Life Center Church)

Friday, February 1, 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM, Free & Open to the Public; Registration preferred

10:00am Click Here To Register

12:30pm Click Here To Register

Author Bio

Kekla Magoon will read from and discuss her book, Shadows of Sherwood, winner of the Sunshine State Young Readers Award for grades 6-8. Shadows of Sherwood tells the story of Robyn Loxley, a twelve-year old who must learn to fend for herself when her parents disappear and her city is taken over by a harsh governor. Kicking off a new series with an unforgettable heroine and a diverse band of characters, readers will be treated to feats of courage and daring deeds as Robyn and her band find their way in this cruel, new world.

Kekla Magoon is the author of nine novels, including The Season of Styx Malone and How It Went Down. Themes of her presentation will include making a difference, fitting in, friendship, civil rights and civic engagement, and using your voice through writing and activism.
She has received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award and two Coretta Scott King Honors. She lives and writes in Vermont, where she also teaches writing. Please visit for more information.

ZORA! Literacy Initiative

Book Give-Away (Toddlers – Grade 12)
While supplies last, free, new, age-appropriate and culturally-diverse written materials given away
Please click the button below to see how you may support this “Joy of Reading” project


Make & Take Tent, Presented by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

2019 Theme: “The Butterfly Effect”


Activities for Pre-12 grades:

  1. Hatitude Station: Creation and display of Zora’s famous hats
  2. Crayola Station: Cut-out Butterflies, and coloring books for pre-k students
  3. Jewelry Station: Creation of beaded jewelry
  4. Mask & Face Painting Station: Painting or coloring butterfly mask and full-face masks; face-painting of attendees by volunteers
  5. Arts & Crafts Station: Painting and decorating of  king’s crown’s and canvas tote bags

Center Stage Performances on “Education Day”

Friday, February 1, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM


Enjoy the performances of students attending Orange, Seminole, and Osceola County Public Schools.
Stage curated by Scott Evans, Senior Director, Visual & Performing Arts, Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Fire & Rescue — Fire engine on site

Friday, February 1, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Information booth – Friday – Sunday, February 1 – 3.