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Children at Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School had the chance to experience “A day with the Dean” when Mike Heithaus paid them a visit in late October. He met with every 4th and 5th grade science class (seven total) to talk about marine science, sharks from around the world, and his research from the Caribbean to Africa where he deployed crittercams on lions.

Following the talk, the School of Environment, Arts and Society brought out their invertebrate touch tank, plankton microscope lab and marine mammal skulls and critter cams (from Heithaus lab). It was an immersive day of marine science for all the students. This event along with the Family Science Night at Somerset Academy is part of our ongoing effort to assist Miami-Dade schools with their STEM & STEAM Designation partnership.

MDCPS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and now with the addition of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) School Designation program’s primary goal is to promote STEAM and STEM education and integration among its disciplines. The STEAM and STEM school designation criteria includes: STEM competitions, professional development, partnerships, equity and accountability.

Shalimar Moreno contributed to this article.