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Dr. Rebecca Honeycutt

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Dr. Rebecca Honeycutt has been teaching college level math and physics for over 30 years.  She joined the faculty of CVCC as a math and physics professor in 2007 and started teaching Principles of Physics for the STEM academy in the spring of 2017. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics from SUNY Oswego and continued her studies in math as a graduate student at Florida State.  From there she transferred to Georgia Tech where she earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Physics.  As a student she received numerous honors and awards for outstanding academic performance.  She was a student member of the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society and the Sigma Chi Science Honor Society and a faculty member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society

Since completing her Ph.D., Rebecca has been actively involved in both teaching and research.  One of her primary academic interests is in curriculum and course development.  She was the recipient of a NISOD Teaching & Leadership Excellence Award for her work as a physics professor at Montgomery College where she developed one of the first fully online physics courses in the nation and designed a course in automotive physics.  She has written four lab manuals, two workbooks, and is currently engaged in creating e-learning supplements.

As a mathematical and computational physicist Rebecca’s research interests started with Stochastic Differential Equations.  While employed as a research physicist at David Taylor Model Basin her research was in the field of underwater acoustics working on various projects involving submarine silencing.  Her major publications include (i)  Higher Order Algorithms for the Numerical Integration of Stochastic Differential Equations, (ii) Stochastic Runge-Kutta Algorithms I: White Noise, (iii) Stochastic Runge-Kutta Algorithms II: Colored Noise, (iv) A Three-Parameter Markov Model for Sedimentation III: A Stochastic Runge-Kutta method for Computing First-Passage Times, (v) Effects of Coatings on Membrane Wave Reradiation, and (vi) Evaluation of the Scattered Pressure Due to Infinite Rigid Cylinders, Infinite Elastic Cylindrical Shells, and Rigid Spheres in the presence of an Ambient Noise Field.

On a personal note, Rebecca and her husband homeschooled their two sons who recently graduated from CVCC and are currently attending Liberty University.  Her hobbies include playing saxophone, camping, biking, and hiking.  She plays in a local saxophone ensemble which performs at a variety of assisted living communities and other local events.

STEM Academy Information Session 2017

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Join us to learn more about the XLR8 STEM Academy!

Where: Central Virginia Community College-Merritt Hall Multipurpose Room

Time:  6:00 pm-8:00 pm

When: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

 

Great Opportunity for current 10th graders and parents to see what the XLR8 STEM Academy has to offer students interested in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math), Health Science and Cyber Security Technology.

  • Information Session
  • Tours of STEM Academy facilities & classrooms
  • Student Speakers
  • Meet Instructors and current STEM students

 

Students can specialize their senior year in one of three areas:

  • Mechatronics/Engineering

  • Biotechnology/Health Science

  • Cyber Security


FAQs

Where should I park for this event?

Parking is available in Lots 1, 2 or 3 at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC). Click on the link below for additional details: CVCC Parking Information

Where is Merritt Hall?

Merritt Hall is located on the main campus of CVCC. Click on link below and Merritt is Building 5.

CVCC Campus Map

How will the student benefit from attending?

Each student who attends the event and chooses to submit an application will receive 1 bonus point on their selection rubric. Attending the event provides students and parents/guardians the opportunity to learn more about the XLR8 STEM Academy, meet current STEM Academy students and talk with them about their experience at the STEM Academy.

What is the agenda for the event?

The event will begin with an information session with the STEM Academy Director in Merritt Hall from 6:00 pm until 6:45 pm. Following the information session the attendees will split in to groups and there will be student led tours of the STEM Academy facilities in the AREVA Technology Building to meet STEM instructors, current STEM students, view demonstrations and projects the students have done during the semester, see the 3D printers and learn more about the Biotechnology and Cyber Security speciality areas. The event will end at approximately 8:00 pm.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Susan Cash at 434-832-7731 or Becky Cox at 434-832-7651 if you have questions.

Click Here to Register for the Information Session

NEW STEM Academy Promotional Video

Over the course of the fall semester of 2015 we worked on updating the Promotional video for the XLR8 STEM Academy.  With the help of Jill Markwood, media specialist at Central Virginia College, we worked together to create our NEW promotional video for 2016.  We wanted to include information on all aspects of the STEM Academy as well as the importance of our partnerships with local business and industry.

NEW STEM Academy Promotional Video

 

Local Business Partners Visit STEM Academy

AECOM Sparks Imaginations of Junior and Senior STEM Students
Both the junior and senior STEM classes enjoyed a hands-on learning experience with Cheryl Giggetts and Rachel Soward of AECOM. The students first watched a presentation about what types of work are associated with AECOM and the types of engineering opportunities that are a part of their everyday work.  12032214_739657152847654_3104390418187842934_n

Following the presentation, the classes were broken into teams and worked on a project to build a tower out of plastic cups. The students were not allowed to touch the cups with their hands, but instead had to work as a team to build the tower with the use of a device that required communication and cooperative effort.

 

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TRAX Visits STEM Senior Students
Also in September, Michael Casey from TRAX International came to speak to the STEM seniors.  During his presentation, the students learned about government and energy services performed by TRAX. The students also had the opportunity to hear about ProTRAX, a simulator training software which provides in-depth power plant modeling and training capabilities that continually push the boundaries of technology.

 

Senior Mechatronics Students Hear from AMTI
The last visitors to the STEM Academy in September were Susan Saxon and Greg Sullivan from AMTI. The senior mechatronics students were treated to a hands-on presentation during which they learned about many of the opportunities in various forms of engineering that are available to them at AMTI.

The students were also about to handle and learn about the inner workings of a device worked on in AMTI facilities called FiLIP. This technology is a wearable phone and GPS that can make and receive phone calls from 5 preset phone numbers as well as allowing parents to track their child via GPS. It can also send notifications when a child wearing it enters or leaves preset “safezones.” 12036902_741519169328119_3076623343442019491_n

 

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New Year, New Faces

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The 2015-2016 school year brings us a fresh batch of faces in the junior class as they begin their journey at the STEM Academy.  The junior class consists of 25 students made up of 3 students from Amherst, 1 student from Appomattox, 8 students from Bedford (1 Jefferson Forest, 4 Liberty, 3 Staunton River High School), 7 students from Campbell County (1 Altavista, 1 Brookville, 4 Rustburg, 1 William Campbell High School) and 7 from Lynchburg (3 E.C. Glass, 4 Heritage High School).

 

The new school year also finds us welcoming new staff to XLR8.  Rex Fisher is joining the staff to teach Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Principles of Engineering, and Erin Hand joined the XLR8 staff on July 20, 2015 as the new administrative assistant.

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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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