We are proud to share our 2013-14 Annual Report with you. Many thanks to everyone who has helped and supported the MSiC with our mission to provide extraordinary experiences in science, technology, and mathematics to our region's K-12 educators and students.
The MSiC would like to extend congratulations to our Director, Dr. Hollee Freeman who received an appointment by Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe to be on the 5 member Va. Advisory Board on Respiratory Care. She will join Dr. Bruce Rubin, MSiC Foundation Board member, Chair, Dept. of Pediatrics at VCU School of Medicine and Physician in Chief, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Through a new partnership with Partnership for the Future, the MathScience Innovation Center was able to accept two high school students to work with us during the summer. We were overjoyed to receive Derek Pham (Henrico HS) and Clark Frierson (Richmond Community HS). Both Derek, working in the Technology Department, and Clark, working with the educators on campus, seemed to have been working here for years-after only a few short days. Our Network Specialist, Dexter McCrea mentioned that Derek made many of the tasks significantly easier and more efficient for the Technology Department. Likewise, Clark’s presence was felt immediately as he worked in our Camp Innovation with the Junior Master Gardener and Exploring the James classes. He developed a segment of the Junior Master’s Gardener class and presented research around bees to the students; something he is quite interested in pursuing here at the Center. These two young men have set the bar high for our summer internship program. They have learned a lot from working at the MSiC, and we have learned a great deal from them, as well. Derek and Clark, in their own words, present us with a slice of their experiences here at the MathScience Innovation Center this summer. Click the "Read more" link below to read their reflections.
During the 2014 Summer Regional Governor’s School at the MathScience Innovation Center, 180 middle school students explored environmental and marine science, ‘green’ architectural design, forensics, nanotechnology, robotics, biomedical engineering and advanced manufacturing.
In the course A River Runs Through It, students explored Virginia’s riverways with the James River Foundation. They conducted research and shared data with other students and scientists in the region. Students in this course also had a unique opportunity working on a bio restoration project for the MSiC pond, located on campus.