Sweetwater, FIU’s neighbor to the north, has partnered with FIU since 2009. The primary goals of this relationship have been improving educational outcomes at Sweetwater Elementary and community building in the small suburban city.
FIU Honors College students, whose curriculum places emphasis on service learning, participate in dozens of community and school events year after year. Students teach students from Sweetwater Elementary in the classrooms, after school and on field trips. In turn, FIU students have the opportunity to research and learn about community service through volunteering and internships, from the parks along Tamiami Canal all the way to city hall.
Frost Art Museum and School of Computing & Information Sciences
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum and School of Computing & Information Sciences (SCIS) have a plan to turn Sweetwater Elementary into A+ school. The key to that success: “STEAM,” Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. STEAMworks began as a school arts integration program to add artistic expression to Sweetwater Elementary’s STEM designation from M-DCPS. While the Frost Museum provides visits and resources to the elementary school, SCIS provides curriculum guidance.
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences
The college has identified a need for healthcare in Sweetwater’s aging population and children with special needs. Educating through experience is a core value to the college and the departments of Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Pathology have stepped in to provide vital health care service.