The MathScience Innovation Center (MSiC) provides extraordinary educational experiences in science, technology, and mathematics to K-12 students and educators in the metro Richmond, Virginia area, creating enthusiasm, inspiring innovation, and developing skills needed for STEM studies and careers.
Annually, over 170,000 students learn STEM and SOL focused lessons both at the Center and in their own classrooms. Students and parents take advantage of our Saturday and Summer classes and conferences for all grade levels.
At the MSiC, educators have the opportunity to explore STEM topics like nanoscience, fractals, and engineering, in addition to courses focused on inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning. MSiC's staff works with up to 3,000 educators throughout the RVA area every year to build their capacity to make STEM topics come alive and be interesting and relevant to their students through hands-on workshops, conferences, Fellows programs, and short courses taught in collaboration with universities on campus and in the field.
If you can't come to us, we can come to you! The Center also has a strong distance learning initiative and over one million visitors access these programs annually through web-based courses and video-conferencing. We also offer distance learning STEM lessons to teachers within our consortium.
Central Virginia's students and teachers will embrace mathematics, science and technology to enrich their lives.
The MathScience Innovation Center provides extraordinary K-12 educational experiences by igniting interest and deepening learning in mathematics, science and technology.
MSiC Consortium Membership
The MathScience Innovation Center is proud to be the leader of K-12 math and science education for central Virginia school divisions, featuring specially designed classrooms like the Challenger Center, the Weather Room, or the Aquarium classroom. Consortium students continue to come daily, on Saturdays or during the summer for special lessons and courses. MSiC educators are resources to the teachers and students of 137 elementary, 43 middle and 36 high schools within the consortium. Virtual programming includes websites, Web-based lessons and courses, streaming videos and videoconferencing.
Formed in 1966 as the Mathematics & Science Center, the MSiC today is the oldest example of regional partnerships in the metro Richmond area. The MathScience Innovation Center serves and is supported by a consortium of 8 full members: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan and Richmond. Institutional members Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hopewell, and Prince George enjoy a secondary level of benefits.
The MathScience Innovation Center's governing board consists of a superintendent and school board member from each consortium division and at-large members.
Consortium Members' Benefits
These comprehensive memberships entitle the school division or private school to all Center services.
- Lessons at the Center. Two- to three-hour lessons in the Center's ten designed facilities.
- Lessons in the Classroom. About 100 different lessons in area classrooms that range from 45 to 180 minutes.
- Lessons via Adobe Connect web conferencing. Students from across the consortium learn through a combination of hands-on and virtual experiences via Adobe Connect.
- Lessons on the Web. A general educational website with lesson plans, activities and other resources, as well as specialized resources on engineering, fractal geometry, nanoscience, oceanography and spiders.
- Loan Equipment and Materials. Specialized scientific equipment and hands-on materials are loaned for classroom use.
- Metro Richmond STEM Fair. This regional fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and sends winners to both the state and international competitions.
- Professional Development. The Center offers workshops and non-college and college-credit courses for educators. Multiyear programs are available to enable teachers to secure endorsements in mathematics and science and to pursue an Interdisciplinary Master's Degree through Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Saturday and Summer Student Programs. Saturday morning courses are held for rising K-3 graders and an adult or for students, grades 4-5. One-day conferences are held throughout the year for middle and senior high students. During the summer, the Center offers one-week courses for fourth to eight graders as well as the two-week Regional Governor's School for Middle School Youth.
For detailed descriptions of Center services, please see our classroom and center lessons descriptions pages. Initially, membership cost is based upon the student population. The Center will provide informational sessions within the school division or at the Center for interested school divisions.
Institutional Members' Benefits
These special memberships entitle school divisions or schools to certain Center services including professional development for teachers and student lessons at the Center, in the division's classrooms or on the web using Adobe Connect. The specific menu of services is negotiated with the Institutional Member. Memberships are available in $5000 increments with purchase recommended by June to enable appropriate planning. The Center will provide informational sessions within the school division or at the Center for interested schools or divisions.
Lesson On A Fee Basis
Lessons at the Center are available on a space-available fee basis ($500 per three-hour lesson) for 30 students.
Educators from non-member schools can participate in the Center's regularly scheduled professional development courses and workshops on a space available fee-basis. Students from non-member schools can participate in the Center's summer courses on a first-come, first-served fee basis or if they meet the requirements for the Regional Governor's School for Middle School Youth.