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NNPS Earns STEM Award for Engineering Design Challenges

(01/27/2016) - Newport News Public Schools earned a 2016 Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition for the elementary Engineering Design Challenges, quarterly events that challenge teams from each school to collaborate in rigorous, career-based competitions.

Selected as one of 10 programs from across the state to receive the award in recognition of its impact on STEM education, the Engineering Design Challenges task students to design and build a piece of equipment that successfully completes the assigned mission. The challenges have a real world emphasis and include a partnership with a local business or organization and the school system.

STEM education is key to a prosperous community and quality careers for upcoming generations. Newport News Public Schools has embarked on an aggressiveSTEM education initiative that prepares teachers and students to take full advantage of local STEM opportunities. NNPS is uniquely designed to benefit from the high concentration of STEM-related careers in the region.

The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition's Programs That Work awards recognize exemplary STEM programs which have a positive impact on student or teacher learning. Award recipients were recognized during an open house and a special awards reception held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Governor Terry McAuliffe presents the award to Jacob Andrus, Angela Rhett, and Tami Byron.

Governor Terry McAuliffe presents the award to Jacob Andrus, Angela Rhett, and Tami Byron.

Governor Terry McAuliffe presents the award to Jacob Andrus, Angela Rhett, and Tami Byron.

Governor Terry McAuliffe presents the award to Jacob Andrus, Angela Rhett, and Tami Byron.