XLR8 Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy – is the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy offering programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (subjects known collectively as “STEM”) for High School Juniors and Seniors in Virginia’s Region 2000/Lynchburg regional area.  Located on the campus of Central Virginia Community College – XLR8 offers academic and technical training related to careers in engineering, mechatronics, biotechnology, health science, and cybersecurity.

Project Lead The Way Curriculum (PLTW)

When the first XLR8 STEM Academy students arrived in the fall of 2013, they were the first students in the Region 2000 area to take advantage of courses from Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular used in schools.

The PLTW curriculum has been designed to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills for students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career readiness.