August 12, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Announcing the 2017 Children's Engineering Convention

The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Children's Engineering Council and the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association, is co-sponsoring the Children's Engineering Convention for grades K-5 teachers and administrators.  The convention will be held at the Hotel Roanoke, 110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia, February 9-10, 2017.

The Children's Engineering Convention special interest sessions will highlight best practices and classroom strategies that support instruction in grades K-5 through hands-on design, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.  These instructional experiences will assist participants in preparing children to:

You may access the convention overview hereThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website and registerThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website today.

If you have questions regarding the convention, please contact the Convention Registrars, Elizabeth Caton, at ecaton@vt.edu or by telephone at (540) 231-6002; or Teresa McCoy, at teresas@vt.edu or by telephone at (540) 231-8220. 

If you have questions regarding children's engineering, please contact Dr. Lynn Basham, specialist for technology education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, at cte@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2052.

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