Virginia State Receives $140K to Develop S.T.E.M. Prep Middle School
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that Virginia State University (VSU) was awarded $140,000 to begin planning for the establishment of a college laboratory school to improve the capabilities of local school systems to prepare students for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers, including in the advanced manufacturing and logistics sectors which are emerging as key economic drivers in the greater Petersburg area.
VSU was one of four recipients of the 2012 Virginia College/University Partnership Laboratory School Application Planning Grants. This program was open to public institutions of higher education with approved teacher-education programs.
The proposed STEM Lab Middle School will focus on the preparation of sixth, seventh and eighth grade children for exploration of future STEM careers through an initial collaborative partnership between VSU’s School of Engineering, Science and Technology, and School of Liberal Arts and Education; local public schools systems in the city of Petersburg and the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex; and business and community partners.
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$140,000 Grant Will Develop Concept for a Regional STEM-Focused Middle School [/mpoverlay]