Release, Prince William County Public Schools:
Henderson Elementary School has had a key initiative since 2011: create a World-Class children’s engineering program incorporating STEM. That effort was rewarded recently when the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) named
Henderson Elementary School the 2014 “Program of the Year” for its Elementary School Technology Education program. The process began with creation of a staff engineering team, followed by teacher training and program implementation. Students’ design projects were presented in August 2014 at the VTEEA conference.
“Rather than thinking of subject areas separately, STEM is the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into every lesson, whether it is a reading, math, or science lesson,” said Principal Suzanne Bevans, describing engineering activities as “hands-on, experiential, inquiry-based, learner-centered, collaborative, and engaging.”