Category: News

FRC Team 122 Participates in two Regional Competitions!

In early January, FRC Team 122 was faced with the challenge to design, fabricate, test, redesign and program a robot in 6 weeks to participate in the FIRST challenge – Power UP.
During the weekend of March 2nd, the students and mentors traveled to Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA to participate in the FIRST Chesapeake District Northern Virginia Event. It was an event filled with ups and downs but the team learned many valuable lessons at this competition.
This past weekend, the students and mentors traveled to Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA to participate in the FIRST Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Event. After qualification matches, the team found themselves in 9th place. The 4th seeded alliance selected Team 122 as their 1st alliance partner. The team went on to win in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The team is extremely proud of their success!
The NASA Knights appreciate the financial support from NASA Langley Research Center.
The team is hopeful that they’ll have an opportunity to participate at the Regional Championships at the University of Maryland in a few weeks.

Skills USA Leadership Contest

Congratulations to the following NHREC students who placed during the Skills USA Leadership Contest hosted by NHREC Butler Farm Campus:

Medical Terminology: Kristine Good – Michelle Duesberry-Wood & Lilian Indovina – Kathy Whitehead, Criminal Justice: Ryan Schecke & Makaila Underwood – Jeff Davis, Spelling: Anazia Davis, Cinthia Vargas, Deja Smith – Tanya Rogers, Customer Service: Deja Smith – Tanya Rogers, Job Demo: Diana Fazliyea- Tanya Rogers Job Interview: Kayla Wilkins- Tanya Rogers

Pascal’s principle

In Dr. Bedir’s Computational Physics class, students were introduced to the principal concepts and methods of fluid mechanics. Having learned about Pascal’s principle, the students are making a siphon and observing how a connected liquid in hydrostatic equilibrium rises to the same height in all open regions of the container

Three teams awarded at Great Computer Challenge




On Saturday, March 10th eighteen students and two GSST coaching instructors within the Computational Science Strand at the Governor’s School competed in the 33rd Annual Great Computer Challenge (GCC) at Old Dominion University. This event challenges groups of middle and high school students in a variety of computer competitions. GCC allows students to gain valuable experience in team collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.


This year the Governor’s School for Science and Technology brought home three awards, each in a different category. Macey Cohn and Alex Payne placed third in Music Composition. Hailey Thomas, Trevor Simmons, Jacob Sandling, and Mikhail Pozdniakov placed third in Scientific/Non-Business Programming. Huyen Nguyen, Michael Sutton, Brian Chou, Bradley Herron, and Noah Wiggins placed first in Desktop Presentations.


2018 Summer STEM Camp

The Governor’s School for Science and Technology (GSST) STEM Summer Camp would like to extend an invitation to rising 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students who are interested in learning more about science, computer programming, engineering, and math.

GSST STEM Summer Camp offers students exciting and innovative ways to experience hands-on learning with important science, technology, and engineering concepts. The courses are educationally enriching, diverse, creative, highly interactive, and appealing to students of almost every learning interest or special talent.

Registration forms are available on line at . If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Shelley Sykes at (757) 766-1100 ext. 3397 or by email at Thank you.

New Horizons Education For Employment Programs


Education For Employment

Students in the New Horizons EFE classes are busy at work with new creative projects!

Handmade wreaths are available in many designs and colors. Prices range from $10-$15.


Our students also make sets of magnetic clips in a range of designs for $3.50 and Autism Awareness pins for $1.00 each.


Proceeds from sales sustain our EFE (Education for Employment) Programs and provide incentives for students.

For additional information, or to inquire about ordering any of these items, contact our Transition Program Specialist at

Thanks for your support!

Junior Science Fair

Research Methodology and Ethics is the junior year research course at Governor’s School for Science and Technology. On February 16, students presented their projects at the annual GSST Junior Research and Design Poster Exhibition. Subject matter experts from area research facilities, universities and businesses served as evaluators. Photos show GSST faculty and senior students reviewing the junior posters to provide feedback and an opportunity to practice presentations prior to the Exhibition.


New Horizons Contributions to the Poquoson Learning Garden

Mr. Schaffer,

I have had the good fortune to work with Tim Extine and his students for the last five years and the projects produced by the students have made a tremendous contribution to our two learning gardens as well as in the schoolyard habitat gardens at the elementary and high schools in York County and Poquoson.

The relationship we have developed with the Woodworking and Construction class at the New Horizons Career and Technical Education Center in Newport News is more than just a client looking to have a project built. The relationship is a true partnership. Many beyond the Master Gardeners have benefited from Tim and his students as news of the various projects got out many individuals came to New Horizons and requested similar projects.


Noel Talcott
York/Poquoson Master Gardener

Poquoson Learning Garden Overview for New Horizons – February 2018

District SkillsUSA competition

Congratulations to the following Butler Farm students for place finishing at the District SkillsUSA competition:
3rd Place – Jo’Niya Alston – Cosmetology
2nd Place – Ti’era Lofton – Cosmetology
3rd Place – Cinthia Vargas – Nails
1st Place – Diane Fazliyeva – Nails
2nd Place – Mekiya Flores – Nails
3rd Place – Shameka Santiful – Esthetics
2nd Place – Semoni Clay – Barbering

SkillsUSA Competition

On Thursday, February 15, 2018 our 2nd Year New Horizons Welding Students from the Butler Farm and Woodside Lane Campuses competed in the SkillsUSA Welding Competition. We are very proud of the following students that competed and placed during the competition:

1st  Michael Reed – BF

2nd  Collin Batchelor – WL

3rd   Chandler Fowler – WL

4th   Kyle Freeman – BF

5th   Maxwell Soistmann – WL  —- Max tied for 5th with a student from the shore.