Pay it Forward: Ambassador Dillon Lewallen

Warren County Public Schools student and Virginia STEAM Academy Summer STEAM Ambassador (’16) Dillon Lewallen spoke to the Warren County School Board about the mission and vision of the Virginia STEAM Academy at the Board’s monthly meeting on November 2, 2016. Lewallen was asked to share with the Board in order to inform them of the educational […]

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. Ambassador Katie was selected by Virginia STEAM Academy and the Science Museum of Virginia to pilot a program where high school students with a zeal for STEAM and commitment to […]

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. Ambassador Joshua took a cyber security course at Summer STEAM 2015 on the campus of Radford University. […]

Virginia STEAM Academy Welcomes Board Member Gil Bland

In July 2016, the board welcomed Gil Bland to its membership. Bland is Immediate Past Chairman of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and served on its Executive Committee for seven years. Bland recently completed six years of service on the Board of Directors of the National Franchise Association. In 2014, 2015, […]

Co-founder and First Board Chair Caroline Martin Resigns from the Board

After five and a half years of dedicated service, Virginia STEAM Academy Co-founder and first Board Chair Caroline Martin has resigned from the Board. Board Chair Jack Ezzell, Co-founder, President and CEO Judy Stewart, and the full Board gratefully acknowledge Martin’s enormous contributions of time, talent, and treasure. They are valued. Please join us in […]

Chess For Charity

In 2011, Fairfax County Public Schools students and Summer STEAM Student Ambassadors Gabby and Garrett Heller (‘15) co-founded Chess 4 Charity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since then, they have raised over $20,000 for charities through chess tournaments, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater D.C., and the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief […]

Pay it Forward: Ambassadors Charlie and Colter Adams

Virginia STEAM Academy Summer STEAM Ambassadors love more than just STEAM. Congratulations to Falls Church City Public Schools students and Virginia STEAM Academy Summer STEAM Ambassadors (’15) Charlie and Colter Adams. Ambassador Charlie earned 1st place at the regional National History Day competition, Individual Exhibit category. His project spotlighted sociologist and photographer Lewis Hine. Ambassador […]

Virginia STEAM Academy welcomes two new Board members

In March 2016, the board welcomed Louise Epstein and Troy Siemers. Louise is a board member and past president of the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted (FCAG), a founder and budget chair of the Fairfax Education Coalition, a board member and chair of the Education & Youth Committee of the McLean Citizens Association, and […]

Inaugural Professional Development Symposium Demonstrates Partnership and Impact

March 22, 2016 (Richmond) — Virginia STEAM Academy in partnership with Science Museum of Virginia, University of Richmond Museums and Partners in the Arts, along with presenters Nancy Davies, founding head, Orchard House Academy, Dr. Caren Diefenderfer, Hollins Univeristy, and Rebecca Zook, math mastery mentor and joyful learning expert, hosted its first professional development symposium […]