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About the Center

The MathScience Innovation Center (MSiC) is dedicated to the development and implementation of futuristic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs for Central Virginia’s K-12 students and educators. Annually, over 170,000 students learn STEM and SOL focused lessons both at the Center and in classrooms. In addition, students and parents take advantage of our Saturday and Summer programs and conferences.

At MSiC, educators have opportunities to explore topics related to STEM such as Nanoscience, Fractals, and Engineering, in addition to courses focused on inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning. Staff at the MSiC work with up to 3,000 educators to improve the ability of teachers to teach STEM-related content through hands-on workshops, conferences, Fellows programs, and short courses taught in collaboration with universities on campus and in the field.

The Center also has a strong distance learning initiative. Approximately one million visitors access these programs annually through web-based courses and video-conferencing. In addition, we offer STEM-baseddistance learning lessons to teachers within our consortium.

Vision

Central Virginia's students and teachers will embrace mathematics, science and technology to enrich their lives.

 

Mission

The MathScience Innovation Center provides extraordinary K-12 educational experiences by igniting interest and deepening learning in mathematics, science and technology.

 

 

Membership Overview

The MathScience Innovation Center is proud to be the leader of K-12 math and science education for the eight Central Virginia school divisions within our forty-nine-year-old consortium. Former students may recall such specialty classrooms as the Spider Room, the Challenger Center, the Dominion Weather Room or the Aquarium classroom. Consortium students continue to come daily, on Saturday or during the summer for special lessons and courses. Staff members also serve as guest educators within the 137 elementary, 43 middle and 36 high schools within the consortium. Virtual programming includes websites, Web-based lessons and courses, streaming videos and videoconferencing.

The MathScience Innovation Center now has an expanded role—leading the educational consortium. Leadership roles include trend analysis, professional development of educators, innovative student programs and advocacy of futuristic programs. As part of Vision 2015, a new vision, mission and strategic plan were adopted in 2006, and a new name and logo were adopted in May 2007. Our new name reflects our new focus—innovative student and teacher programs.

Formed in 1966 as the Mathematics & Science Center, we are the oldest example of regional partnerships in the metro Richmond area. The MathScience Innovation Center is comprised of eight school divisions: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan and Richmond. Through abbreviated memberships other divisions also participate: Charles City, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hopewell, and Prince George. The MathScience Innovation Center is governed by a nineteen-member Board consisting of a superintendent and school board member from each consortium division and several 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, see our lessons descriptions pages found under the Student Enrichment Tab. Initially, membership cost is based upon the student population. Current consortium members are part of the MSiC Board and pay a percentage of the Center's operating budget. 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.

Individual Participants

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.

Aaron Moody

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