VSBA Showcase for Success includes iSTEM and ASSIST

Posted: May 20, 2020

The Virginia School Boards Association included two successful programs in Newport News Public Schools in its 24th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory.

iSTEM, a PK-12 instructional program, helps students use their STEM skills to solve real-world problems. The program extends beyond classrooms to include informal settings in clubs and afterschool programs as well as formal instruction. STEM Day, a capstone showcase for the year's work, is typically presented each year for the community's involvement through a partnership with Christopher Newport University.

Every organization needs an IT Help Desk, and the Advanced Students Supporting Innovative Systematic Technology program (ASSIST) gives students the opportunity to assist school system IT professionals to help the users as they gain valuable problem-solving experience in a growing career area. ASSIST students partner with the school technology support teams to help with repairs and maintenance and encourage peers to infuse technology into their projects. Students gain on-the-job training through the NNPS Help Desk by completing network maintenance and desktop troubleshooting.