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NNPS Engineering Design Challenges

Categories: Newport News | 2017

NNPS Engineering Design Challenges are intended to spark student interest in STEM careers by weaving together the college, career, and citizen-ready mission of Newport News Public Schools and the needs of local STEM industry into one learning experience. Students from across the division come together to collaborate in rigorous, career-based challenges that pose real-world problems. Each design challenge is intentionally crafted to support the Virginia Standards of Learning, demonstrate the interrelatedness of subject areas, and expose students to diverse career opportunities. The design challenges allow more than 10,000 students a year to experience the multi-faceted world of engineering through six unique division-wide challenges and the related curriculum. Since the program’s beginning in 2014, students have worked alongside professionals from Canon, Jefferson Lab, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Liebherr Construction, The Port of Virginia and others to learn how to apply the engineering design process in solving real-world problems. 

Contact

Tami Byron
STEM Instructional Supervisor 
tami.byron@nn.k12.va.us 
757.283.7850 x10113


NNPS Future Teachers Program

Categories: Newport News | 2017

The Future Teachers Program in Newport News Public Schools provides aspiring educators with the tools to pursue their dream and the incentive to work in Newport News. This innovative program identifies high school students who plan to become teachers and provides them with professional development and employment opportunities during the summer, licensure guidance, mentorships and conditional offers of employment. Key components include the: • “Emerging Teacher Institute” for college students to highlight the expertise and learning environment in NNPS; • “Student Teacher University” for college seniors who are practicing student teachers. This will establish NNPS as student teachers’ first choice for employment by providing free professional development in which they also become familiar with the school division.  • “Teacher Residency Program” that pairs a compensated full-year classroom apprenticeship as students finish their master’s in teaching degree, followed by a commitment for three years of employment upon successful completion of the residency. 

Contact

Leslie Marble
Employment Supervisor
leslie.marble@nn.k12.va.us
(757) 881-5061, option 9, ext. 11104


NNPS Technology Learning Centers

Categories: Newport News | 2017

What do you call a place where students have access to 1:1 Computing, 3D Technology, Robotics, Makerspaces and Virtual Reality all in one room? It’s officially called a Technology Learning Center, but students in Newport News Public Schools just call it “awesome.” That was the verdict by one elementary student when she helped cut the ribbon opening up a TLC at her school. In four elementary, one middle and one high school, students flock to TLCs to learn through hands-on methods that encourage them to work with their peers using multiple technology tools. The TLCs also provide a direct connection to the school division’s STEM curriculum and provide a space where students can continue learning how to code, solve real-world problems and improve 21st century skills. Each TLC also promotes stronger digital literacy for students and teachers as they learn how to use digital technology in a responsible and collaborative environment.

Contact

Scarlett Minto
Director of Technology
scarlett.minto@nn.k12.va.us
757-283-7879