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VBCPS Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Technical and Career Education (TCE) and related academic practices to enhance educational outcomes for students.

Examples of STEM activities in TCE and other academic programs are evidenced by:

  • Virginia Beach Robotics Competition among all high school electronics programs, Technical and Career Center and the Advanced Technology Center : Students design, engineer, fabricate, designed a lifting device and test ROBOT functions, which the student will build, to meet the needs at a specific level of competition.  
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Students in all VBCPS Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs work in independent teams to develop a small ship design. Students are given a list of guidelines which spell out, in detail, all requirements necessary to start their design process.  They will use these guidelines to produce a scaled ship design that will incorporate actual propulsion equipment.  Each team uses standard Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) software to produce their design. Designs are critiqued by a panel of judges (seasoned members of the maritime industry) as to how well of a design they have developed.  These judges will examine everything from proper drafting/design practices to actual practicable and replica ability concepts.
  • Young Designers Competition: Students in all VBCPS Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs design houses to specifications provided by Tidewater Builders Association.  
  • SEVA-Port Wired Grants: Students from the Modeling and Simulation class at the Advanced Technology Center and the Advanced Entrepreneurship class at Landstown High School worked together to create NUVO, a student-organized business that creates products in renewable energy. Fourteen students from the ATC are involved in industry internships related to the field of engineering.
  • Sustainability as a 21st Century Skill: Students in all TCE program areas are studying sustainability conceptual frameworks as a skill. Most instruction will have environmental implications.
  • Select Engineering and Technology Research: Teachers in the following program areas are doing instructional research:
    • ATC faculty and other Engineering technology teachers from the school division will be participating in K-14 a Wind Energy Demonstration project funded by the Department of Energy.
    • ATC Engineering technology teachers take students on field trips to IMS Gear, Stihl Manufacturing, Shipbuilding/ODU, and the ODU Engineering open house which exposes students to Engineers, apprentices, and supervisors that utilize math and science every day.
    • ATC Engineering technology students participate in Cable car and other contests held in conjunction with the TCC engineering club which utilizes CAD and CAM software as well as physics properties to make a successful project.
    • ATC Engineering technology students participate in Rocket and electric cart clubs which provide students with hands on experiences in math and science.
    • Other ATC Modeling and Simulation STEM Support activities:
      • Working collaboratively with Landstown high schools marketing class on a Junior Achievement Company Program project to develop a sustainable product or service.
      • Developing planetary models and scenes for the TCC Planetarium, working in collaboration with Mr Broun TCC Physics Professor.
      • Modeling and Simulation WBE students are developing WWII building models and scenes that will be use by the Virginia beach military aviation museum.  These products will be used by the museum to show online patrons the future artifacts to be built.
      • Teacher is:  Developing Modeling and Simulation curriculum activities through a ODU and SEVAPORT Grant.
    • Residential Alternative Energy: Engineering Technology teacher (Jeff Kline) at Salem High school. Construction of a Full scale Residential Electronics/Electricity Trainer with components scalable vertically for expansion and horizontally for future addition of Wind Turbine, enhanced battery storage and Hydrogen Cell technology. Developing curriculum to focus on the technical aspects of generating power, integrated with the electrical facet of residential construction.
    • Hybrid Vehicle Engineering: Engineering teacher and department head Dr. Jim Barger at Landstown Technology Academy is directing a project that will help students  develop a Green Hybrid Vehicle that can be evaluated and scaled up to full size. Vehicle design incorporates a dual system for on-board and station recharging.
    • Advanced Engineering: Students in the Landstown Technology Academy Advanced Engineering class are in the process of learning about Computer Numerical Control (CNC).  During this process the students have been building (from scratch) a table top CNC Mill. Once completed the students will then begin the process of learning:

      • MACH3 CNC operating software
      • Gcode and how it communicates with the computer and mill
      • Project design:
      • After construction of the mill and mastery of the software and concepts the students will participate in the "F1 in Schools" competition (State Level TSA).  This competition requires the "car" to be used in competition to be "milled" via CNC.  In researching this competition many schools have purchased milling machines from various vendors commercially and many more around the country send out their designs to approved "milling" houses.  (None that we have been able to find have had the students build the milling machine and then use it to produce the car for competition.)


    • Advanced Electronics: Students in the Landstown Technology Academy Advanced Electronics classes have just completed the unit on Wireless Networking.  As a part of this unit the students have built a Parabolic Dish Antenna that operated on the 802.11 wireless networking standards.  During the process of construction, the students studied the math and science theories behind parabolic curves.  Again, these projects were built from scratch, no kits.
    • Introduction to Engineering: Students in the Landstown Technology Academy Introduction to Engineering classes have just completed the Prototyping unit.  During this unit the students learned basic technical drawing skills and the Systems Design Process utilized by all Engineers.  The students used these skills to draft a prototype of the "Gee Bee" which is a small plane designed using recycled soda cans.  The students were required to draw the plans for the "Gee Bee" and the use the same plans to construct a working prototype.
    • All Landstown Technology Academy Engineering classes: All students have been reviewing Sustainability as it relates to the class they are enrolled in.  The background of Ecological, Economic, and Social Systems as it relates to the field of Engineering they are discussing has been constant since the first day of school for each class.  The projects that each class has completed, or are currently working on, are focusing on using recyclable materials in new and innovative ways.  Examples would be recycling soda cans in the Intro to Engineering class into a Prototype airplane.  Advanced Electronics- utilizing recyclable aluminum and plastics to construct the Parabolic 802.11 Wireless Dish Antenna project.  And the Advanced Engineering class constructing the Table Top CNC Mill utilizing recycled MDF board and composite plastics made from wood chips and recycled grocery bags.  
    • Intro to Engineering Upcoming project: Landstown Technology Academy

Students will study a Unit on Alternate Energy that will include wind and solar panel conversion technology. Advanced Electronics- Students will study a Unit on Solar Panel Installation Technology.

    • Introduction to Engineering: Kellam High School Engineering teacher Roger Crider is introducing his students to the engineering field with a few sample activities that support STEM initiatives:

    • Growing a Single Crystal – Students form a crystal from a supersaturated solution.  They learn that material properties are determined by the molecular arrangements of unit cells in crystalline structures.  Later they also learn materials can have amorphous molecular structures.

    • Stressed-Skin Composites – Students assemble 4 variations of beams from rigid foam and poster board.  They apply the formula for the modulus of elasticity and calculate differences in stiffness   of the beams to learn about mechanical properties of materials when stress is applied.

    • TSA (Technology Student Association) competitive event for Engineering Design -

“Apply the principles and practices of engineering and universal design in developing the solution to a design problem that incorporates the application of scientific and mathematical principles and concepts, that demonstrates application in areas of technology, and that assesses the impact of the solution on society and the environment.”

 Other site specific STEM activities:

      • Information Technology : Students at the ATC successfully compete annually in the Great Computer Challenge in the areas of Desktop Publishing, Graphic Arts, Integrated Computer Applications, Computer Programming – Visual Basic, Computer Aided Drafting technology categories.

      • ATC Cisco program students at the ATC participate in the Caspian project which simulates a real world RFP for routing of voice and data, a business panel of experts provide team feedback.

      • ATC Digital Design students design real world electronic art concepts for local clientele.
      • ATC A+ Computer program: students are participating in The Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment program (or VA STAR) is a collaborative effort of the Secretaries of Education and Technology and the Departments of Education and General Services to introduce Virginia's students to the field of IT repair. The ultimate goal of the VA STAR program is to create a sustainable educational program that takes surplus hardware from state agencies or private companies in order to offer students IT repair certification. 

The Advanced Technology Center has taken its first shipment of computers. Virginia Beach becomes the first large system to join the STAR network of training students and donating computers to schools and families. ATC students will host their first “Bridging the Gap” event on December 9th, where they will be distributing the refurbished computers to families in need.

      • Virtual Enterprise business students in all high schools create a team project business plan for a virtual product that is sold virtually around the state.

      • ATC Green Sustainable Design Competition: Students from the Computer-Aided Drafting 2 (CAD-2) class will design individual homes in the 3,500- 5,000 SQ.FT. range incorporating rainwater harvesting systems, solar space heating, and as many sustainable or resource efficient methods of construction as possible. Students are also given a list of guidelines which spell out, in detail, all requirements necessary to start their design process. Designs are critiqued by a panel of judges from the Architectural, Engineering, and LEED Industry.
    • Health science :
      • Dental Assisting and Licensed Practical Nursing(LPN) students at the VB Technical and Career Education Center learn science related curriculum and apply practical knowledge in hospital internships, local dental offices and dental screening opportunities for the needy.
    • Math and Science
      • The MODSIM Demonstration School project:

        • The project incorporates modeling and simulation within math and science curricula. As a team, the teachers mapped math and science curricula looking for connections among courses; developed lesson plans that incorporate modeling and simulation as the key instructional strategy; and participated in on-going professional development.  A sampling of the lessons developed is posted on the Hampton Roads Modeling and Simulation Initiative’s wiki, 
        • The new science curricula have MODSIM links and Virtual labs resources for teachers.
        • Through NIA/NASA teacher workshops on MODSIM using Stella and Scratch took place for selected VBCPS science teachers.
        • Workshops on the use of the MODSIM program Excelets are being provided to middle school math teachers as a way to help students visualize mathematics concepts and to introduce MODSIM concepts to middle school students.

Last Modified on Tuesday, April 18, 2017