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Student Planning & Education Committee

The Student Planning & Education Committee (SPEC) is a multifaceted leadership program for high school student volunteers. SPEC provides volunteers with the opportunity to build technical and life skills through the process of developing and teaching their own camp or class for younger students. Access to state-of-the-art equipment and resources at the Fab Lab, in addition to mentoring from professional educators, empowers student instructors to create unique, hands on STEAM programs for the community. The peer-learning model of a student-led class creates meaningful connections between students and instructors, fostering enhanced interest in and understanding of educational material among both groups.

Why join SPEC?

  • Explore and share your interests and passions
  • Boost your resume and college applications
  • Build leadership, technical and life skills
  • Foster a love of STEAM learning in a younger generation
  • Earn community service hours
  • Become part of the Fab Lab family and meet likeminded friends
  • Work closely with mentors and experts from various fields

Interested in joining SPEC and developing your own camp or class for students? Applications open annually at the beginning of the school year. In the meantime, get started by helping out during a STEAM Saturdays class! Click here to complete a volunteer application today.

"My time in SPEC has allowed me the chance to grow as a person by learning how to build my leadership and organizational skills, as well as allowing me to build a community with my fellow peers. This program has empowered me to pursue my interests in STEAM and provide a positive impact on my community." - Hannah Silva, SPEC Senior

2023-24 spec senior instructors

Click the photos below to learn more about each instructor!

2023-24 spec JUNIOR instructors


SPEC student instructors are supported by a team of professional Educators

Suncoast Science Center
4452 S Beneva Road
Sarasota Florida 34233

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