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XLR8 STEM Academy Graduates Inaugural Class of Students

STEM2015 editThe XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy is proud to recognize the twenty-three (23) members of the inaugural class from the XLR8 STEM Academy.  This is the culmination of a vision that began in 2012 to open a regional STEM Academy specializing in engineering and biotechnology to support the needs of the businesses and schools in the Region 2000 area.  We opened our doors in August of 2013 and the first twenty-three students graduated from the STEM Academy and Central Virginia Community College in May of 2015.

Together, these students were able to earn thirty-one(31) Career Studies Certificates from Central Virginia Community College during their time at the STEM Academy.  The students earned a Career Studies Certificate in Engineering Fundamentals and/or a Career Studies Certificate in Mechatronics.   All of these graduates will be continuing their education in a STEM related area after graduation.  Eight (8) graduates will be completing their education at Central Virginia Community College and fifteen (15) will be attending a 4 year college or university including: Emory & Henry, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Kentucky, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech.

At the STEM Academy Awards Dinner held on May 19th, 2015 to celebrate their graduation, the following special STEM Academy awards were voted on by members of the STEM Academy faculty and awarded to the STEM Academy students below:

Academic Excellence Award: Pegah Ghassemi

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Most Improved Student: Elliott Andrews

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Leadership Award: Dylan Wood

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STEM Student of the Year: Rong Ni

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Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

XLR8 STEM Academy to Celebrate Inaugural Class Graduation

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The XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy will celebrate the graduation of the twenty-three (23) members of their first inaugural class on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 6:00 pm. The event will be held at Central VA Community College in the multipurpose room in Merritt Hall. Invited attendees will include STEM Academy students, parents, STEM Academy Partnership Team members, STEM Academy Board Members, members of the XLR8 faculty and invited guests.

The courses at the STEM Academy are all dual enrolled which offers students the opportunity to earn college credits and a career studies certificate from Central Virginia Community College. Currently, the two identified student pathways to be offered at the academy include biotechnology and mechatronics; the latter being the blending of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.

The twenty-three students will be recognized for earning career studies certificates in engineering fundamentals and/or mechatronics from Central VA Community College receive recognition for completing the curriculum as the inaugural class of students attending the XLR8 STEM Academy and receive senior superlative awards.

In addition, the XLR8 STEM Academy staff will be awarding four additional awards for Academic Excellence, Most Improved, Leadership and STEM Academy Student of the Year.
Our speakers for the evening will the Ruth Maragni from Centra Health and out keynote speaker will be Dr. John Capps, President of Central VA Community College.
The STEM Academy has had a very positive impact in the lives of the students who are attending the STEM Academy. The STEM Academy will have 23 seniors graduate this year in May from CVCC with Career Studies Certificates in Engineering Fundamentals and Mechatronics and 100% of those students will be entering the workforce, continuing their education either at CVCC (completing an Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology with AREVA, Machining, the Grown in VA program with UVA/ODU/VT) or at a 4 year college or university in STEM related fields, including Lynchburg College, Old Dominion University, Emory & Henry, Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute, University of Kentucky, Norfolk State University and George Mason University. The vision of the STEM Academy is that all students graduate with multiple options for success in college and post- secondary career opportunities; that vision is being met at the STEM Academy.

Corporate Sponsorship
The XLR8 STEM Academy would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this event. Presenting Partner: Centra Health, Supporting Partners: AECOM & AREVA and Corporate Partner: Wiley Wilson

About XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy
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, technology and health science diagnostic services. Visit us at www.xlr8academy.com for additional information.

Contact:
Susan Cash
XLR8 STEM Academy, Director
434-841-1254
434-832-7731
scash [at] xlr8academy [dot] com

XLR8 STEM Academy Students to Speak on Senior Internship Experience

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The twenty-three (23)senior students from XLR8- Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy will present on their internship experience with regional industry mentors followed by a luncheon on Friday, May 1st, 2015 from 8am – noon. The event will be held at Central VA Community College in the multipurpose room in Merritt Hall. Invited attendees will include STEM Academy students, parents, corporate internship hosts, STEM Academy Partnership Team members, STEM Academy Board Members, and members of the CVCC administrative team.

Corporate Internship Sponsors for the internship experience include: AECOM, AMG, Inc., AMTI, AREVA, Centra Health, Delta Star, EDM, Harris Corp., Master Engineers and Designer’s, Inc., Moore’s Electric, VDOT and WW Associates. Each student will give a 5-7 minute presentation summarizing their internship experience with their corporate sponsor. Lunch will follow the completion of the presentations. Following the lunch, Cheryl Giggetts from AECOM will provide the keynote address.

The sixty (60) hour internship experience is part of the curriculum at the STEM Academy which is driven by the needs and projected growth of regional industry. The courses at the STEM Academy are all dual enrolled which offers students the opportunity to earn college credits and a career studies certificate from Central Virginia Community College. Currently, the two identified student pathways offered at the academy include biotechnology and mechatronics; the latter being the blending of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.

Corporate Sponsorship
The XLR8 STEM Academy would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this event. Presenting Partners: AECOM and Delta Star, Supporting Partners: Centra Health and Master Engineers and Designers and Corporate Partner: Wiley Wilson

About XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy
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, technology and health science diagnostic services. The STEM Academy serves the public school students from the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and the City of Lynchburg. Visit us at www.xlr8academy.com for additional information.

STEM Academy to Hold Open House February 12th, 2015

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The XLR8- Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy will be holding an Open House for all prospective students and parents in the Region 2000 area.

When: Thursday, February 12th, 2015 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Merritt Hall Multi-purpose room on the campus of Central Virginia Community College.

Please join us to learn more about the STEM Academy. You will receive information on the application process, the curriculum and internship opportunities. Plus, we will provide you with tours of the facility and student demonstrations.

This is a great opportunity for sophomores and parents to see what the STEM Academy has to offer students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career fields. The STEM Academy offers students the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credits in the Engineering Pathways of Mechatronics and Biotechnology.

Call (434) 832-7731 for more information. On-campus parking is available in Lots 1, 2 or 3.

The inclement weather date is February 19th.

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Senior Router Project with AREVA

 

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The senior students worked on putting together a Shapeoko Router kit project in their Introduction to Computer Manufacturing class. The students were divided into teams responsible for the electrical, mechanical and programming portion of the project. Each team developed a plan for working together and overcoming challenges to finalize the project. This was a wonderful project to show them real world applications of the skills they are learning at the STEM Academy. A BIG thanks to Des Black for providing the students with the opportunity to build the router using the Shapeoko kit.

 

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School Counselors Visit STEM Academy

The junior class of students at the STEM Academy hosted the middle and high school counselors from the school divisions of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Lynchburg on November 13th, 2014.  School counselors were able to learn more about the STEM Academy, tour the STEM Academy and see student demonstrations.

The counselors learned about putting together the puzzles the STEM Academy students had created and learned about creating and drawing objects in Inventor software. They learned how to measure objects using dial and digital calipers, and made a visit the machining lab.

They also got to watch on of the “Instant Challenges” in engineering about cleaning up an “Oil” spill in the gulf of Mexico.  Students had to plan and design a way to contain and remove the most “oil” from a bucket of water.  The results were very informative and entertaining!

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Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois visits the STEM Academy

The Virginia Community College Chancellor, Dr.  Glenn DuBois,  along with members of the Virginia Board of Education and the Governor’s administrative team,visited the STEM Academy on Thursday, September 4th, 2014. They were able to learn about the STEM Pipeline in Region 2000 which begins in the Elementary school , continues at the STEM Academy and culminates with degree opportunities at Central Virginia Community College and other local college and Universities.  Two senior students at the STEM Academy, Cody Beckner and Jamie Lindsay, spoke regarding their education at the STEM Academy.Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-055 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-032 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-029 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-028 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-025 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-018 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-002 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-021 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-041 Chancellor_Dubois_CVCC2014-043

Senator Tim Kaine visits the STEM Academy

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The STEM Academy was visited by United States Senator, Tim Kaine on April 14th, 2014. During the visit the Senator heard from STEM Academy students about the importance of what they are learning and how it is helping them to further their education and be prepared for high-wage, high-tech careers in Region 2000.

Our STEM Academy is unique in many ways. It is the only regional program among five school divisions, it is housed on the campus of a community college, students are able to earn dual enrollment credits for all classes taken at the STEM Academy, and the students have very unique and different post secondary goals. The STEM Academy is similar to a highway with multiple exit points. Some students will take those credits and apply them towards an Associate’s degree and some will take those credits and apply them towards a Bachelor’s degree.

Here at XLR8, we work together as a team; administration, support staff, students, parents, business partners, school division administration and staff and Central Virginia Community College administration and staff to help ensure the success of the XLR8 STEM Academy.

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Job Opportunities available at the STEM Academy

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The STEM Academy is looking for several adjunct instructors and an administrative assistant to join the XLR8 Team!

We are currently hiring for the following Adjunct Teaching Positions through Central Virginia Community College:

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)- Introduction to Engineering Design Teacher

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)- Computer Integrated Manufacturing Teacher

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)- Digital Electronics Teacher

College Physics for Engineers Teacher

For additional information on the positions available at Central Virginia Community College click here:

 

We are also currently hiring for the following position through Lynchburg City Schools:

Administrative Assistant (Part Time) 12-month position

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XLR8 STEM Academy Awarded Grant

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The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust has awarded a $6,200 grant to the Future Focus Foundation to support regional STEM education efforts. Funds received from the grant will be used to support the purchase of needed robotic equipment for the newly opened XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy as well as continue to offer the popular Jr. FIRST LEGO League Expo event.

The XLR8 – Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy is a new regional program offered to public school juniors and seniors. The school was created through a collaborative effort between all Region 2000 school divisions, Region 2000 Technology Council, Central Virginia Community College, Future Focus Foundation, Region 2000 Workforce Investment Board and multiple industry partners. The Academy opened its doors to offer the first learning pathway “The pathway to Engineering” in August 2013. For more information about the XLR8-STEM Academy please visit the academy website at http://www.xlr8academy.com/

The 2013 Jr. FLL program included 33 teams and 204 student participants. Jr. FLL combines real world issues with the fun of LEGO building to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills for youth ages 6-8 years old. Jr. FLL teams meet beginning in January on a schedule defined by the coaches and parents up until the Expo event planned for April 26, 2014.

The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust was established in 1972 with the principal mission to “enhance the quality of life in the communities served by the establishment of permanent endowments for the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell with income distributed annually to charitable organizations within the community. ” More information on the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust may be found at http://www.lynchburgtrust.org/