Come create with us! Born out of a commitment to the economic turnaround of our community through education, Martinsville City Public Schools is meeting its mission of "Bringing Life to Learning" with the MCPS STEM Pipeline. The MCPS STEM Pipeline has been recognized as an “Innovative Program” by the VDOE, as a 2014-2015 "Program That Works" by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, and as an "Elite STEM-H Education and Business Partnership" by The Institute of Advanced Learning and Research. Through the MCPS STEM Pipeline students have the opportunity to:
• improve understanding of math and science through application of skills and concepts;
• develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills with a focus on college-and-career readiness; and
• develop interest in STEM fields, especially for traditionally under-represented populations.
These outcomes are accomplished through a comprehensive pre-K through 12th grade STEM program for all students. Through the integration of activities with LEGO's and project based learning to STEM classes focused on Children's Engineering, LEGOs, and robotics; we work with all students to cultivate STEM skills throughout their pre-elementary, elementary, and secondary education. Our partnerships with higher education institutions, area STEM businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, and the MHC Economic Development Corporation afford our students opportunities to interact with STEM-H professionals through mentorships, internships, site-visits, and school visits. We will have educators from elementary schools through high school demonstrating how they are "Bringing Life to Learning" through STEM education. This workshop is hands on, so come prepared to build!
This workshop covers project based learning for teachers with students in grades 3-8.
-Angilee Downing, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Martinsville City Public Schools
Angilee Downing has a Bachelor of Arts in English from James Madison University, a Masters of Education as a Reading Specialist from Averett University, and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Radford University. She is certified in the areas of Prek-12 Gifted Education, Theatre Arts, English, Reading Specialist, Administration and Supervision, as well as having her Division Superintendent’s License. She has enjoyed twenty-two years of experience in education and has taught at the elementary, middle, junior high, and high school levels. Thirteen years of her experience are in the in the classroom and nine years are in administration. Angilee currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Martinsville City Public Schools.
-Kathy Campbell, STEM Teacher, Martinsville City Public Schools
After graduating as a RN in the mid-seventies and working for many years in the medical ﬁeld, Kathy returned to school and completed the requirements to be a licensed, early- education, teacher through Averett University. Since 1993, Kathy has worked as a part- time reading enrichment teacher, taught both second and third grades, worked with the identiﬁed gifted students at two elementary schools and presently is the STEM and gifted teacher at Albert Harris Elementary School which is located in Martinsville, Virginia.
Kathy Campbell has found her niche in teaching STEM or STREAM which includes the arts and reading along with science, technology, engineering, and math. It is exciting for Kathy to provide children with the experiences to practice the life skills of collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking as they solve problems. Kathy Campbell loves her current position and it is her belief that she can help young students become productive, caring, citizens of this world through STEM.
-Joy Johnston, Instructor for NASA SEMAA program, Martinsville City Public Schools
Joy Johnston is entering her fifth year as the instructor of our NASA SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Aerospace Academy) program. A graduate of Martinsville High School, she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Computer Information Systems and Education from Liberty University. With an extensive background in computer programming and manufacturing, teaching STEM education was the perfect place to merge her experiences with her desire to help children realize their full potential with hands-on learning lessons and through the use of Lego Robotics.
-Todd Cassell, Technology and Engineering Education, Martinsville High School
Todd Cassell joined the Martinsville City Public Schools in 2013 where he currently serves as the Technology and Engineering Education teacher at Martinsville High School. He also coaches and mentors the school’s FIRST Robotics team and is the lead advisor for the Technology Student Association (TSA).
A native of Martinsville, Virginia, Cassell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Education with an emphasis in Secondary STEM Education from Valley City State University in North Dakota. He also completed a certification in Secondary STEM Education and currently working on a Master’s in Education from VCSU.
Before his career in education, Cassell served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years where he participated in many operations including Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism. Cassell retired from active duty in 2011.