STEM Innovation

Beyond providing direct service to students from the participating school divisions, the Governor’s School mission encompasses developing, modeling, and disseminating best practices in STEM education to a wider audience. Our leadership and outreach activities fall under the following categories:

Promoting Equity

  • Utilizing inclusive strategies for recruitment and admission of students
  • Utilizing mastery placement and instructional differentiation in math courses
  • Promoting student success through school-side support strategies
  • Developing virtual and hybrid research opportunities

Piloting Innovative Educational Strategies and Sharing Results

  • ALEKS Summer Software Program for rising juniors

Providing Professional Development for Educators from Participating Divisions

  • Gifted Coordinators
  • School Counselors
  • Math and Science Teachers

Collaborating with Colleges, Universities, and Research Institutions

  • College of William and Mary: Working with School Psychology and Counselor Education faculty and graduate assistants to develop resources for faculty and parents on social/emotional wellness
  • ODU: Collaborating on entrepreneurship, hosting a competition
  • Student Research Mentorships: Collaborating with mentors from NASA Langley Research Center, Jefferson Lab, CNU, Hampton University, College of William and Mary, local hospitals and many other organizations
  • Virginia Tech: working with Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA) faculty to pilot a data science course at GSST