STEAM Night and Computer Science in Virginia

30+ people sitting in chairs facing a projection screen.
Attendees listen to the presenters as they learned about what made Nottoway’s STEAM night successful.

There was a great turn-out at the November SVRTC meeting that included thirty-six members from sixteen SVRTC school divisions (Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland. Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Greensville, Hopewell, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward). 

Members learned from Nottoway Public School educators, Annah Bowen and Judy Deichman, as they presented on the planning and implementation of a free STEAM Night event that attracted over 450 students and had an estimated attendance of over 1,000 participants.   Students and their families were able to visit over twenty stations that included drones, virtual reality, a LEGO wall, Bluebots, a Dome Theater, and many others.  They suggested their community outreach and partnerships with local businesses helped make the night a success.

Adults facing a screen in a dim room.

A second presenter, Megan Graybill from Salem County Public Schools, provided members with an overview how her county was addressing the new computer science standards.  Time was spent discussing the computer science standards and how they can be correlated to activities and content that are already being taught in the classroom.