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Maker Education in Virginia

The Hanover Arts and Science Festival featured performances by all county bands, orchestras, and chorus. Select art and science exhibits were on display from every school in the district. Hanover County 4-H and The Georgetown School once again hosted the makerspace, where kids and families could gets hands-on with activities. An additional exhibit featured robotics and animatronics. Students from host Atlee High School qualified for the national robotics competition.

Virginia is the first state in the country mandating computer science education for all students. @codeVirginia trains teachers to teach computer science in public schools & provides student programs. Chris Dovi works with legislators to promote #CSed in-school, and shares with Boomer Magazine how CodeVa got started and how it works with teachers in schools. Source: Coding in the Virginia Classroom with CodeVA | BoomerMagazine.com

Elementary schools in Richmond, Virginia are bringing STEM lessons into their physical education classes through a partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University. Through the pilot program, which started this fall, VCU School of Education students teach STEM lessons to students during their PE classes. The VCU students come to the schools weekly and teach a different lesson each time.Read more at richmond.com: ‘Next revolution for health’ comes to Richmond Public Schools gym classes

The 20117 Virginia Train Collectors Show was held in the makerspace Saturday, November 11th. Model trains and toys from the past century were on display along with train layout displays in several gauges. Youth in K-3 STEM classes and afterschool makers spent Friday creating a 1/24 scale G gauge train layout for the show. Kids got hands on with train related maker activities, as well as driving the trains.

Middle school students visited the Freckle Flower Farm to see a local family farm operation and learn hands-on horticulture & pollination, complete with a few live birds and bees. From field to vase, the students were taught how to design and make their own floral arrangements like a professional. The Freckled Flower Farm’s garden of blooms is located in the rural town of Montpelier, Virginia. Our farm is just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the City of Richmond. This peaceful 40+acre property has been farmed for decades by the Mallory Family, from chickens to pigs to…

Every child loves a puppet show. Barefoot Puppets shared their secrets for materials and making puppets move for guests from RVA Makers in Richmond, VA. Founder and director Heidi Rugg has been building and performing original works since 1997 to entertain and enlighten youth. Barefoot Puppet Theatre celebrates the natural wonders and cultural diversity of our world through the art of puppetry. Through performances, interactive workshops, and residency programs, Barefoot Puppet Theatre seeks to nurture the creative spark, cultivate a joy of learning, and plant the seeds for a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts and the world around…

Ashland, Virginia is well known by travelers for its convenient location north of Richmond on I95. The Ashland Museum is located just across the tracks in the center of town and is open for visitors on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Find out more at: http://ashlandmuseum.org/ Global Arts and Culture campers got a special tour of the Ashland Museum and Caboose, before visiting sites of historic significance downtown on a walking tour along the tracks. The historic train station is still active and includes a local railroad museum. where the youth were provided welcome gifts and hospitality from town officials.

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