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Newport News Public Schools

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Instructional STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

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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

CNU STEM Day 2014
On May 31st Newport News Public Schools and Christopher Newport University partnered to host the first annual STEM Community Day and Health and Wellness Fair. Government agencies, regional businesses, schools, and other community partners participated to raise awareness about STEM education and careers in Coastal Virginia. Over 2,500 members of the community attended the event. People of all ages put their problem solving abilities to the test by participating in hands-on engineering design challenges. Students from Newport News Public Schools displayed their STEM-related work from the 2013-2014 school year and were recognized for their outstanding STEM achievements.
ICARE Elementary 2014
Service and academic learning come together in iCARE, where students are activity engaged in their learning by identifying needs in their community. Students generate solutions, create an action plan, and act on their plan through iCARE. Throughout the process the teacher makes connections between all academic subjects and the students’ iCARE project. Students learn to use their college, career and citizen ready skills during the process as they identify community partners, apply leadership skills, and communicate their work. Through iCARE students are applying their learning to real-world problems and becoming citizen and career ready!

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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