Superintendent's Memo #142-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 18, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: MODSIM World 2010 Conference and Expo

The fourth annual MODSIM World Conference and Expo will take place October 13–15, 2010, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.

MODSIM World 2010 is an international conference and exposition for modeling, simulation, visualization, games for learning, and systems dynamics. The conference highlights both research and technological advances through papers, panels, invited speakers, workshops, professional development, and exhibits with a focus on their application to learning, training, and work force development. A highlight of the conference is the K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Education Day which will give students and teachers a chance to explore the world of modeling, simulation, visualization, and gaming through a program tailored specifically for this audience.

The anticipated audience for MODSIM World 2010 includes educational and community leaders, STEM educators at all levels, policymakers, administrators, principals, superintendents, school board members, and anyone else who shares an interest in 21st century teaching, learning, and training applications. Attendees will learn how MODSIM is being used to:

All presentations, professional development activities, and exhibits will support the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and career pathways focusing on the major components of Virginia’s long-range technology plan, which includes technology integration, professional development, connectivity, educational applications, and accountability.

Kindergarten through grade 12 educators will enjoy a discounted registration fee of $125. Pre service teachers may purchase a one-day registration pass for $50.

For additional information, please visit MODSIM World 2010 at http://www.modsimworldconference.com/ or contact Mark Clemente, educator in residence, at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and chair of the K-20 STEM Education Track, at 757-325-6801 or by e-mail at Mark.Clemente@nianet.org.

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