Education Students Host Bayside STEM Academy
"You mean there are jobs where I can do this all the time?" a seventh grader from Virginia Beach’s Bayside area asked Jan. 23 as he tinkered with the MakerBot 3D Printer in Hofheimer Library. VWC Assistant Professor of Education William McConnell and his “Perspectives on Mathematics & Science Initiatives” class hosted approximately 20 students from the neighboring community last week as part of a free STEM Academy through the New St. John Foundation. During their visit, the students used the College’s 3D printer to complete a scientific investigation and engineering design challenge and toured the campus by way of scavenger hunt using GPS technology. “Their visit to VWC was their first to a college campus—and what an exciting day they had,” said McConnell. “Their experience was infused with hands-on learning experiences, cutting-edge technology, engineering design, and scientific modeling.” The visit also gave VWC education students the opportunity to develop, implement and assess a powerful, evidence-based, integrative STEM lesson involving 3D printing technologies.