Newport News Public Schools – Update October 2021

Woodside High School offers engineering course through new partnership

Woodside High School is the newest partner with Engineering 4 US All (E4USA). Beginning this fall, the school will collaborate with Hampton University to offer the organization’s design-based introductory engineering course to its students.

E4USA is a national pilot program for high school engineering, with a goal of introducing engineering design principles to all schools, teachers and students, regardless of their technical background or preparation.

Participating E4USA schools partner with a nearby university, and students in the program can earn college credit.

E4USA emphasizes diversity and inclusion, encouraging female and minority students to participate and consider further study and careers in engineering.

Kirsten Manning, AP and honors physics teacher at Woodside, will teach the course, which will be called Science and Technology in Communications. Ms. Manning says,
“The goal of the course is to develop students’ awareness of engineering in everyday life, the diversity of engineers and how engineering is embedded in society.”

As the climax of a summer of academic and fun activity, Newport News students and parents enjoyed presentations and STEM activities during a visit from the Flying Classroom and Captain Barrington Irving, who once held the record for being the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the earth on a solo flight.

NN students meet former world-record aviator and experience STEM firsthand

In August, nearly 300 elementary and middle school students in SPARK (Summer Program for Arts Recreation and Knowledge) participated in a “fly-in” and met Captain Barrington Irving, engaged with STEM+ professionals, interacted with aviation-related exhibits and completed engineering design challenges from the Flying Classroom curriculum at Atlantic Aviation at Newport News/Williamsburg Airport.

Newport News Public Schools previously partnered with the Flying Classroom to take students on virtual expeditions, but on this occasion students had the opportunity to meet the famous aviator who developed the Flying Classroom in person.

Flying Classroom is a STEM curriculum based on the global expeditions of Captain Irving, who previously held the record for the youngest person (and the first African-American) to pilot a plane around the world solo (a feat he accomplished in 2007 when he was just 23).

Hosted by Atlantic Aviation, the event was a celebration of the school district’s partnership with the Flying Classroom and its commitment to STEM+ education.

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