Rockingham County Public Schools Receives the Marlene C. Scott Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Award
February 21, 2014; Marriott Hotel Downtown, Richmond, VA
Rockingham County began its Children’s Engineering journey two decades ago in Ottobine Elementary School. Through a partnership with James Madison University, local businesses, The College of New Jersey and the Virginia Department of Education, a team of teachers trained with educators from the United Kingdom in a National Science Foundation grant called Project Update. That team provided three-hour graduate courses for other elementary teachers in the county, as well as, across the state. At that time Children’s Engineering was called Design and Technology.
For over 10 years the countywide K-5 elementary gifted curriculum has been centered on Children’s Engineering in all fifteen elementary schools. In 2012, the school division decided to implement the Children’s Engineering instructional method in all K-5 elementary schools. In the fall of 2013 the county Children’s Engineering Teacher Training Team was formed. The team has developed a five-year countywide plan for training all K-5 classroom and resource teachers and has completed the first round of workshops in five schools. The goal is for all students to participate in design, engineering and technology activities that support and enhance the Virginia Standards of Learning.
The Virginia Children’s Engineering Council (VCEC) mission is to provide design, engineering, and technology instructional materials and professional development experiences that enable K-5 teachers to ensure the every child develops a degree of technological literacy. These developmentally appropriate practices undergird attainment of selected Standards of Learning through hands-on design, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and help teachers ensure that children gain an understanding of how to:
- explore how people create, use, and control technology;
- apply knowledge of mathematics, science, English, and history and social sciences in solving problems associated with technology; and
- use tools and materials to develop technological literacy and self-confidence.
For additional information contact:
Elizabeth Kirk, President
Virginia Children’s Engineering Council
Second Grade Teacher
Woolridge Elementary School
5401 Timber Bluff Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23112