Virginia STEAM Academy — A multi-dimensional, statewide initiative

The Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics (STEAM) Academy, Inc. (Virginia STEAM Academy) is an investment in student talent. A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Virginia STEAM Academy is intended to be a uniquely challenging experience for students across the commonwealth with exceptional ability and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Why a comprehensive curriculum matters

Early in the development of the Virginia STEAM Academy, leadership met with the Engineer’s Council at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. At some point, the conversation shifted to a dialogue among Council members themselves. “We need more technicians,” argued some. “No. We need more leaders,” said others. The Council members grew more and more animated as they pointed to the immediate and long-term needs of the company. Finally, a Council member broke the volley, turned to Virginia STEAM Academy leadership, and said, “Whatever you do, please send us graduates who can write.” That gave us an opportunity to talk about why a comprehensive curriculum matters – a curriculum that includes English, writing, civics, world languages, global awareness and appreciation, business and entrepreneurship, history, and the arts. Keep Reading →

Pay It Forward: Ambassador Katie Bird

Virginia STEAM Academy Summer STEAM Ambassador (’13) Katie Bird of Rocky Mount is serving as a science demonstrator at her local library, Franklin County Library.

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Pay it Forward: Ambassador Joshua Felton

On October 7, 2016, Newport News Public Schools student and Summer STEAM Ambassador (’14 and ’15) Joshua Felton spoke before approximately 75 attendees, representing industry, academia, and the military at Thomas Nelson Community College’s annual cyber security conference.

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Virginia STEAM Academy Welcomes Board Member Gil Bland

In July 2016, the board welcomed Gil Bland to its membership.

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