The DiSTI Duffer started as a grass-roots effort to help raise money for the Central Florida STEM Education Council and has grown to the point where we are able to help more of our local heroes. DiSTI absorbs the material costs of hosting the event ensuring that every dollar that comes in can be used effectively by the charities we support. Below are some examples of those who have benefited from the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and players.
YMCA of Central Florida Summer Zones
The YMCA offers specialty camps to help children focus their passion for the things they love or allow them to explore new ideas. Staff ratios are kept 1:10 and some of the STEM choices include the Aviation Academy and the Robotics Academy. The DiSTI Duffer tournament plays a huge role in making sure that ALL students can get involved with STEM programming, no matter their financial situation. To date, Duffer funds have equated to paying more than 130 weeks of Summer Zone registrations.
The DiSTI Duffer tournament has played a huge role in making sure that ALL students can get involved with STEM programming, no matter their financial situation. – Cory Johns, Executive Director, YMCA of Central Florida
U.S. Army PEO STRI High School Engineering Internship
The U.S. Army PEO STRI High School Engineering Internship introduces students to the concepts of technical evaluations and program management through building of the SeaPerch underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Duffer funds helps the camp buy the kits (a typical cost of $143 per kit).
Teachers at I/ITSEC
The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. It is always held near the beginning of December in Orlando, Florida, USA, and it consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students. Since 2014, the Duffer has helped fund 183 teachers from five Central Florida Counties to attend the STEM Teacher Workshop held at I/ITSEC every year. Teachers worked on several hands-on projects and listened to NASA engineers speak about engineering design challenges.
Crooms Academy of Information Technology Scholarship
Crooms Academy of Information Technology, located in the city of Sanford, Florida, is Seminole County Public School’s only dedicated magnet high school. All students who reside in Seminole County and have successfully completed the 8th grade may apply for admission. Crooms provides cutting edge innovation in teaching and learning through a technology‐enriched environment. The DiSTI Duffer funds a $500 STEM Education Scholarship awarded to an exemplary senior who is seeking a bachelors degree in a STEM related field at an accredited college or university in the United States. Read the Thank You Note
Just Our Soldiers’ Helpers
Just Our Soldiers’ Helpers is a local non-profit based in Lake Mary, FL that sends high-quality care packages to forward-deployed troops who do not have access to a post or base exchange. In 2018, The DiSTI Duffer began supporting this organization to help fund purchasing care package items and their shipment. To see J.O.S.H. in action visit their videos page.