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Nicole Petrachi, 7, makes minature sculptures at the Morean.

Full STEAM ahead for Tampa Bay area summer camps

Parents looking for summer camps for kids out of necessity and/or, frankly, to maintain a modicum of sanity at home increasingly choose STEAM options in the Tampa Bay area. Quality choices abound and demonstrate proven benefits.

Daniel Stein is founder of CAFE Charity Awareness  Fair & Expo.

For Good: Charity Awareness connects volunteers, nonprofits

How to match youthful volunteers with charities that need helpers? The CAFE in Tampa aims to do just that by bringing nonprofits together in a fair and expo where students can visit and find a good fit for their passions and talents.

Teacher Beth Calcaterra and a student discuss the anatomy of a worm found in the school garden.

Charter schools synonymous with alternative education in the Tampa Bay area

With 10 charter school-related bills under consideration in the 2015 Florida Legislature, parents, educators and lawmakers are paying more attention than ever to non-traditional learning programs for kids. 83 Degrees takes a closer look at some of the Tampa Bay area charter schools that are approaching education a little differently. 

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For Good: Helping people take STEPS for Success

What STEPS do people need to take to work their way out of poverty? Sustainability, training, education, planning and support. Providing such services is the mission behind UACDC, a very special nonprofit helping Hillsborough County residents achieve success. 

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Get outdoors with locals on Tampa Bay area bicycle trails

Have bicycle, will travel? While Florida's cities increasingly invest in bike lanes to improve safety for bicyclists along streets and highways, the Tampa Bay region offers some fabulous bike trails and paths designed for non-motorized traffic. Read about and ride along on a few local favorites.  

Team Moreno's app Tri-Jump for the Got Game competition.

Gaming app Tri-Jump wins Tampa Bay team $10,000

University of South Florida grad Matt Moreno and incoming USF freshman Amie Moreno won $10,000 from a gaming app competition hosted by GTE Financial in Tampa. The brother and sister from Wesley Chapel developed “Tri-Jump,” a fun, addictive app that will be available for free download on Android and iOs platforms by late February. 

The lobby of Mary  Lee's House is warm and inviting for families.

For Good: Mary Lee's House in Tampa provides one-stop-shop of services for children in need

Florida’s child advocacy professionals count on Mary Lee’s House in Tampa to take in, treat and protect neglected and abused kids who end up in state custody. The success of the 7-year-old nonprofit emanates from its Founder, Mary Lee Farrior, one of the newest inductees into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

Hannah Edmonds (left) and Lauren Wonick-Cook work on designing a pen.

Tampa Bay area grows next generation of STEM experts

Schools and colleges around the Tampa Bay region are busy grooming tomorrow's leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. We take a closer look at three local educational programs focused on engineering studies and research.

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Franklin Street Better Block Party in Tampa celebrates potential

North Franklin Street between Interstate 275 and Palm Avenue is the newest corridor in Tampa Heights to attract investments led by new developments like Ulele restaurant, Water Works Park and The Heights, a village planned along Tampa's riverfront.

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Video: Youth orchestra trains kids, teens, young adults

TMYO is a youth orchestra training program based in Tampa for people between the ages of 6-21. The program has 4 orchestras based on an individual’s experience and skill level. They also have a chamber music program and mentor children on their audition skills. Watch and listen. 

Kerstin Kenty holds her son Mathew's hand on the day his adoption is finalized.

For Good: Portrait gallery changes hearts, minds, lives

A Tampa Bay area chapter of Heart Gallery, a national nonprofit adoption service, transforms lives by using portraits and support groups to help foster kids find parents and transition into permanent homes.

MISRED Outfitters in St Pete.

Visit Tampa Bay area local shops for unique holiday gifts

Finding the perfect gifts to gladden the hearts of friends and family may require a little extra special hunting through local shops that feature one-of-a-kind or unusual fare. 83 Degrees Media writers and editors suggest a few favorite places.

Phuong Cotey and Virginia Barnett are founders of Gr8Code.

Gr8Code fills skills gap by teaching computer programming, coding to children, adults

A $5.4 million investment by venture capitalists supports the teaching of programming and coding skills by startup Gr8Code, another sign of strength in the Tampa Bay area’s growing tech community.

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Where's Tango? Florida Aquarium immerses kids in mystery of missing turtle

The $2 million Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Center combines high-end technology with creative design to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Get out and play! Tampa nonprofit nudges us to get outdoors just for fun

Playing outside isn't just for kids. The Urban Conga is a Tampa nonprofit that promotes community activity and social interaction through physical play. The group is currently developing a documentary film all about the powers of play.
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