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Newport News Public Schools

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Instructional STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

STEM calendar

Newport News Public Schools prides itself in being ahead of the curve when it comes to STEM education. Everything we do in Newport News Public Schools is driven by our mission to prepare our students to be college, career, and citizen ready.

Newport News Public Schools has embarked on an aggressive STEM education initiative that prepares students to take full advantage of STEM opportunities in higher education and career fields. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, are key to a prosperous community and quality careers for this and future generations.

STEM in Action

Magruder Discovery STEM Academy Groundbreaking
Newport News Public Schools is taking an important step with the groundbreaking of the Magruder Discovery STEM Academy. The $27 million dollar project is a partnership between the City of Newport News and Newport News Public Schools. To promote unique teaching and learning an equally unique building has been designed to support STEM instruction at the elementary level.
iSTEM Innovation Institute
Tami Byron, NNPS Educator in Residence with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) is delivering a professional development series titled iSTEM Innovation Institute to Newport News teachers. Together, NIA and Newport News Public Schools are working to equip teachers with the skills needed to teach the STEM disciplines and prepare students for an ever-changing job market.
Elementary Summer School Learning Lab
600 rising first through fifth grade student were invited to work as engineers in Summer Learning Lab. This program is very different from the traditional summer school model. The Summer Learning Lab is unique because of its integrated curriculum. The Summer Learning Lab curriculum allows students to preview what they will be learning about in science while working on crucial reading, writing and math skills. During the program, students are presented with a problem that they must solve by using their knowledge of mathematics, reading, and science. Students were immersed in a STEM learning environment that challenged them to think critically and work collaboratively.
STEMulating Minds
Heritage High School was home to STEMulating Minds, an innovative summer program for rising 9th graders. STEMulating Minds was focused on using virtual reality to solve real-world challenges. Each day four STEM courses were offered to allow students to experiment with various technologies. Participants also worked with business and industry partners to engage in activities in the areas of video game design, introduction to physics, robotics, computer systems technology, and architectural drawing.

Smart is something you becomeSTEM is more than just a grouping of subject areas. It is an undertaking to develop the deep mathematical and scientific foundations students need to be competitive in the 21st-century.

Seeking to move beyond STEM support programs and isolated courses, iSTEM helps highlight our belief that STEM is pedagogy. Instructional STEM develops the idea that STEM in itself is not a curriculum, but rather a way of organizing and delivering instruction.

STEM students

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Newport News Public Schools is uniquely positioned to take full advantage of the high concentration of STEM-related careers in this region. NNPS has established strong Career Pathways and magnet initiatives that align strongly with national STEM goals.

During the 2014-2015 school year, all elementary schools will implement a new STEM curriculum to include engineering design. In addition, students can select from nine STEM-focused schools and programs. Through the recent modernization of NNPS Science Labs, numerous summer STEM camps, and other specialized programs, NNPS is building a comprehensive STEM culture in our school division and community.

Community Support of iSTEM

The business and civic communities are strong supporters and partners of the NNPS STEM initiative. More than 15 major partners have come together to support the development of both the Governorís Health Sciences Academy and the Governor's STEM Academy.

These organizations have introduced resources and expertise to our schools that are essential to providing a relevant, hands-on experience for our students.

NNPS Educators: Are you looking to infuse STEM into your classroom? Do you need materials, community support, or assistance? Submit a request here!

Community Partners: Do you have a question about STEM or ways to help support STEM initiatives? Please share your contact information.

STEM News: We are always looking to highlight STEM news in our schools and community. Please share your STEM news here to be featured on our webpage.


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