Virginia STEM Summit
October 11, 2019, 9 AM-5 PM
Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabell Library
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia
The Virginia STEM Summit convened over 140 STEM education stakeholders across the Commonwealth to begin the process of creating a blueprint of a statewide STEM network to be submitted to the Governor’s STEM Education Commission. The effort is supported by advisors from the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Department of Education.
The day was focused on learning about the issues and mechanisms to be considered in the development of a plan. This event is part of a larger effort to be articulated in the future VA STEM Strategic plan, all designed to provide accessible, high-quality STEM programming across the state.
This summit was supported by a grant from 4-VA, a Virginia university collaborative partnership whose mission includes to promote collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university in higher education across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Grant partners in this effort include:
- George Mason University
- James Madison University
- The University of Virginia
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Tech
A report from the summit will be shared with the newly appointed Governor’s STEM Education Commission and the Virginia Department of Education at the end of January. Summit sponsors are Discovery Education, Lego Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech.
Summit sponsors are Discovery Education, Lego Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech.
The Honorable Senator Mark Warner welcomes all to the 2019 VA STEM Summit
Leland Melvin — Keynote Speaker
Leland Melvin, retired NASA astronaut, materials science engineer, prior deputy director, NASA Office of Education
Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on mission STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station. Leland served as co-chair of the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force and as NASA Associate Administrator for Education.
Leland has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in materials science engineering. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center in the area of nondestructive testing creating optical fiber sensors for measuring damage in aerospace vehicles resulting in publications in numerous scientific journals. After hanging up his space boots he was appointed head of NASA Education and served as the co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Task Force developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan. Leland was the United States representative and chair of the International Space Education Board (ISEB), a global collaboration in space. He uses his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) careers.
In May, Leland released his memoir, Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances. In Chasing Space Leland shares his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, and examine the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that align to create the opportunities for success.
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9:00 — Welcome
9:30 — Keynote
10:30 — Panel discussion
11:30 — Group discussion
12:00 — Lunch
1:00 — Breakout conversations
3:00 — Networking and gallery walk
4:00 — Summary and next steps
Dr. James Lane, VA
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Andrew Daire, Dean,
VCU School of Education
Dr. Jeff Weld, Executive Director
Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
Dr. Laylah Bulman, Enterprise Director
Dr. Robert Corbin, Director of Global Initiatives