Center for Innovation in STEM Education

Empowering the Future:
Igniting Central Virginia's Passion for STEM Careers

Our dedication to fostering a deep-seated passion for STEM subjects is not just about building careers; it's about constructing a brighter, more equitable world where opportunities are boundless and dreams are within reach.

Join us in this journey of empowerment, where we unlock doors to unimaginable possibilities and help students realize their potential as future leaders, innovators, and change-makers in STEM.

Cultivate a lifelong passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among K12 students in Central Virginia. 

We envision a future where every student, especially historically underrepresented students, is not only equipped with the knowledge and skills in math, science, computer science, and technology but is also inspired to pursue impactful careers and advanced educational opportunities in these fields.

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To ignite student curiosity by engaging with concepts and ideas that lead to solving current and future problems in STEM.


To reach the missing millions by empowering students, particularly those from underrepresented populations to engage in high-impact transdisciplinary STEM learning experiences.


  • Construct a vibrant STEM learning ecosystem
  • Build a statewide Chief Science Officers Program
  • Build capacity, knowledge and skills through innovative strategies
  • Cultivate teachers’ skills through effective models and strategies 


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