SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 180
September 24, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||International Space Olympics for Students|
The Virginia Department of Education and Prince William County public schools are pleased to announce the third major WorldNet: Virginia project, the International Space Olympics in Korolev, Russia, the center of the Russian space industry near Moscow. From October 12- 24, eight Virginia high school students will compete in the Olympics by presenting an oral report of their research projects and participating in selected tests in physics, mathematics, and/or computer science. These students will share their experiences with teachers and students in Virginia through the Internet. The enclosed brochure provides information on this new resource that is available on October 12, 1999. As you will recall, WorldNet: Virginia provides on-line resources for teachers and students supporting the Standards of Learning. Worldnet: Virginia can be accessed through the Virginia Department of Education's website at: http://www.pen.k12.va.us under Standards of Learning: Instruction, Assessment, and Training Resources or directly at http://www.pwnet.org. Students competing in the International Space Olympics will provide daily logs of their experiences. These logs will include pictures and journal entries describing the competition and their personal experiences. Other resources housed on this website include background information on the students and their projects and links to related sites. Thank you for your support of WorldNet: Virginia. If you have questions regarding this website, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, specialist in history, social sciences, and international education at (804) 225-2893. You are also encouraged to use the First Lady's Commonwealth of Knowledge website to assist teachers in implementing the Virginia Standards of Learning. PDS/BT Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.