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Student Community Innovation Program

The Student Community Innovation Program (SCIP) provides high school and college student volunteers with an opportunity to make a difference in their community in an innovative manner. With help from experienced mentors and access to a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, students develop an idea from concept to final prototype. Throughout the process, students are empowered to dream and create big, build new skills and welcome growth.


Twenty high school and college students worked alongside Sarasota Urban ReForesters (Florida Veterans for Common Sense Fund Inc., Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay and Solutions To Avoid Red Tide) and the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates at Nathan Benderson Park to design and construct a micro forest at Nathan Benderson Park over the course of two months. The students also developed an exciting educational website component that greatly expanded the project's impact. The 2021 SCIP project has energized the community about critical environmental issues and create a lasting ecological resource for the gulf coast.

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Student Community Innovation Program students tour the Celery Fields micro forest with Dr. Charles Reith

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SCIP students documented the entire journey of building a micro forest! Follow them to stay up to date on their progress and how YOU can get involved.



“SCIP has allowed me to remotely serve my community during COVID-19 and explore my interest in STEM-based subjects in a way that also could create a positive impact. Against all odds, I am amazed at how much we have been able to accomplish, and it’s been such a great experience to work with people who saw these challenges as an opportunity and not an obstacle.” - Naina Chauhan, 2020 SCIP member

Suncoast Science Center
4452 S Beneva Road
Sarasota Florida 34233

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