STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative

STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative
Posted on 12/12/2018
STEM students hard at work
ICN science teacher Heather Overkamp won a $5,000 grant, called the STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative, funded by the Virginia Department of Education. Its purpose is to increase awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among teachers and students; engage students in extracurricular, STEM-related team-building activities through problem-based, project-based team competitions; foster STEM competition Team development and growth throughout Virginia; focus on STEM literacy skills through hands-on experiences. 

These experiences will include problem-driven integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities that use collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and ethics to explore the challenges and opportunities of the STEM Competition Team Initiative.

There is a class and an after-school club that does research in a STEM field of the student's choice and we submit their research paper to one of three competitions: Virginia Junior Academy of Science, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and/or the Tidewater Science Fair. The students are currently in the midst of their experimentation and will be writing from now until the end of February 2019, when most of the submissions are due.
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