Superintendent's Memo #157-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

June 5, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: MODSIM World 2009 Conference & Expo

The third annual MODSIM World 2009 Conference and Expo will take place October 14-16, 2009, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center at 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451. MODSIM World 2009 is an international conference and exposition for modeling, simulation, visualization, games for learning, and systems dynamics; and their application to learning, training, and work force development in the 21st century. The Conference and Expo will highlight research and technology through papers, panels, invited speakers, workshops, professional development, and exhibits.

The anticipated audience for MODSIM World 2009 includes educational and community leaders; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educators at all levels; policymakers; administrators; 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 support the Virginia Standards of Learning, career pathways, and focus on the five major components of Virginia's long-range technology plan: technology integration, professional development, connectivity, educational applications, and accountability.

Kindergarten through grade 12 educators are eligible for a discounted registration fee of $125. Pre-service teachers may purchase a one-day pass rate of $50, or pay $100 for a three-day pass. Registration and more information for MODSIM World 2009 is located online at .

For additional information, please contact Dr. Thomas E. Pinelli, manager, NASA Langley Research Center, by e-mail at or by telephone at (757) 864-2491; or Paula Klonowski, science coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 371-0249.

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