ZORA! Education Programs

The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), sponsor of the Zora Neale Hurston™ Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA!™ Festival) and OCPS are partnering to present in-depth STEM education offerings and cultural arts programs at the upcoming 29th Annual ZORA!™ Festival on “Education Day,” Friday, January 26, 2018. ZEP will include a strong STEM component.

On January 26, two events will be occurring simultaneously- the ZORA!™ Education Day at the Outdoor Festival of the Arts in Eatonville, Florida and the ZORA!™ STEM Conference for OCPS Middle School Students at the Orange Technical College, Mid-Florida Tech campus.

During the Outdoor Festival of the Arts, students will have the opportunity to participate in engaging and academically-based STEM education, heritage, and cultural programs. Teachers will be encouraged to complete a preparation lesson with students prior to attending the event. While the cost for students to attend is free, schools will need to provide transportation to students. Transportation must be secured by Friday, December 15, 2017 or the registration will be cancelled. Please click on the following link to review a list of Outdoor Festival Events.

Schools may participate during the following hours:

· Elementary School Hours: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

· Middle School Hours: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

· High School Hours: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The ZORA!™ STEM Conference for OCPS Middle School Students, a full day of activities (8:00 AM – 3:00 PM), is designed to jump-start the interest of students in STEM fields. There is a limited amount of space reserved only for OCPS schools and registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

  • OCPS Title I Schools, buses will be provided and more information will be shared with School Points of Contact.
  • OCPS Non-Title I schools, a cost of $10 per student registration will be required and schools will be responsible for securing transportation which will allow students to participate within the specified time frames (7:45 arrival time). Please do not send monies or secure transportation until your School Point of Contact has received confirmation of the registration, but note, registration fees and transportation must be secured by Friday, December 1, 2017 or the registration will be cancelled.

To register, please click on the events below for the registration link and more information.

ZORA!™ Education Day at the Outdoor Festival of the Arts in Eatonville, Florida

ZORA!™ STEM Conference for OCPS Middle School Students at the Orange Technical College, Mid-Florida Tech campus

Please contact STEM Program Specialist, Jennifer Borges at Jennifer.Borges@ocps.net with any questions.