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 →

Paying it forward

Norfolk Public Schools student Maggie Jordan (Summer STEAM Ambassador ’14 and ’15) and her fellow Speedcuber have partnered with Old Dominion University and Engineers Without Borders to hold Norfolk, Virginia’s first cubing competition recognized by the World Cube Association.

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Virginia STEAM Academy Signs Two New Partnership Agreements

This summer, Virginia STEAM Academy entered into partnership agreements with Hampton Roads Sanitation Districts – “cleaning wastewater every day for a better Bay” – and Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop – “life skills through boatbuilding.”.

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Virginia STEAM Academy’s Corps of Statewide Summer Scholars Swells to 300+

This summer, Virginia STEAM Academy proudly added another 123 young scholars to its ranks of esteemed Summer STEAM student ambassadors.

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