Newport News Schools update – April 2020

Career Café brings businesses and students together at three Newport News high schools

Volunteer mentors from Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), Jefferson Lab, Riverside College of Health Careers and Canon VA shared eggs and expertise during three recent events with Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate students at Warwick, Heritage and Denbigh high schools.

The Career Café Mentoring Program is an outgrowth of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) grant that seeks to help students excel in Advanced Placement and IB coursework in math, science and English.

To stress the importance of these subjects, NMSI and NNS are partnering with these schools to help students connect their academic studies to future careers. At the NNS-sponsored breakfasts, mentors talked about how their educational experience helped shape their careers and answered students’ questions about their work.

Elementary students step up to accept Engineering Design Challenge

In February, teams of fourth and fifth grade students from all of Newport News elementary schools participated in the Engineering Design Challenge.

The challenge, Coding Our Freedom, was presented in partnership with the U.S. Navy and required teams to use their skills in integrated computer science, technology and math — just as careers in the U.S. Navy require.

Using their computer coding skills, Saunders, Dutrow and Richneck elementary students placed first, second and third in the competition.

This challenge is part of the school district’s ongoing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) initiative.

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