Welcome to the HEC STEM Scholars Page!

Recognizing the need for small and rural districts to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula for gifted and talented secondary students, Heartland Educational Consortium (HEC) will continue to offer the STEM Scholars Program through district funding. This program includes innovation to make more rigorous STEM courses available, STEM Forums and Summer Challenges led by university staff and STEM professionals, increased opportunities for real-world STEM problem-solving and research, and academic and career guidance.

Heartland Educational Consortium consists of six small rural school districts in central Florida: DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties. The information on this page and on the links above are for our STEM Scholar students from our ten participating high schools.

News and Upcoming Events

STEM Fall Family Nights - Fall family nights have been scheduled during September and October 2018, please see your school's Mentor Teacher for details and location. Most family night times are 6:00-7:00pm.

  • Avon Park High School - October 2nd
  • Clewiston High School - October 4th
  • DeSoto High School - October 1st
  • Hardee High School - September 24th
  • LaBelle High School - October 8th
  • Lake Placid High School - September 27th
  • Moore Haven Middle-High School - September 19th
  • Okeechobee Freshman Campus & High School - September 26th
  • Sebring High School - September 6th

STEM Forums - Our 2018-2019 STEM Forum Schedule is almost complete! Please see the Forum page for dates and details of locations/topics.

STEM Summer Challenge - Our 2019 STEM Summer Challenge "Explorations in Health Professions" will be June 2nd - June 7th, 2019 at Florida SouthWestern State College.

STEM Remind Codes - Below are school codes for signing up for the Remind service:

  • Avon Park High School - @stemaphs
  • Clewiston High School - @stemchs
  • DeSoto High School - @stemdhs
  • Hardee High School - @stemhhs
  • LaBelle High School - @stemlhs
  • Lake Placid High School - @stemlph
  • Moore Haven Middle-High School - @stemmhh
  • Okeechobee Freshman Campus - @stemofc
  • Okeechobee High School - @stemohs
  • Sebring High School - @stemshs


Lisa Shin
STEM Program Coordinator
863.531.0444 x216

John Varady
STEM Program Coordinator
863.531.0444 x209

General Questions/Info


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Heartland Educational Consortium


1096 US Highway 27 North        Lake Placid, FL 33852        (863) 531-0444
Donna Garcia, Executive Director