Governor's School Showcase
Academic Year Governor’s Schools from across the commonwealth are doing innovative things to improve outcomes for gifted students, promote efficiency and support educators. Many of these successes can be emulated in other programs and classrooms to enhance the learning and achievement of gifted high school students.
GSA Drawing Class – The visual arts department at The Governor's School for the Arts emphasizes the importance of drawing from observation... also called drawing from life. These students are gathered around a still life set up by the instructor during their three-hour Friday drawing studio class. Their drawings must be rendered with good composition, a range of value, contrast, and attention to detail using mark-making techniques to add texture.
The students in Mrs. Anita Crowder’s advanced engineering class at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School recently created augmented reality sandboxes, which allow users to simulate terraforming by modifying the shape of the sand. First, students built the wooden sandboxes by hand. Using LCD projects and an Xbox Kinect controller, students wrote a software program to depict a topographical map on the sand. Students exhibited these sandboxes at the STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C. on March 12 and have been invited to present at the Naval STEM Symposium, also in Washington D.C., in May. For more information about this project, please contact Mrs. Crowder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-722-0200 x015.