STEM ADVOCACY

The Director and staff annually brief Virginia Congressional and state legislators as part of Aerospace Day at the General Assembly. VSGC also works with state officials and legislators to assist with STEM and aerospace policy advocacy. The Director serves on the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council. The Director is also a member of, and co-facilitates with the NASA Langley Center Director, the Informal Aerospace Working Group of about a dozen aerospace sector leaders including the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Director, the Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, National Institute of Aerospace and the Virginia Department of Aviation as well as industry representation. VSGC is a member of the Virginia Aerospace Business Association and also the Wallops Island Regional Alliance.

VSGC supports a number of informal education programs and projects. Informal education members of the Consortium include: MathScience Innovation Center, Science Museum of Virginia, Virginia Air and Space Center.

 

Photographs from Aerospace Day, 2018

INFORMAL EDUCATION PROJECTS 2017-2018

With funding through the VSGC Innovative Projects program, the VSGC supported the Virginia Air and Space Center to partner with Newport News Public Schools to provide embodied learning experiences to over 300 underprivileged students. VASC invites students to the Center and work with groups individually to tailor the experience to include a SMALLab program, a scavenger hunt, and an IMAX movie all anchored to the Virginia Standards of Learning guidelines and STEM content.

With funding through the VSGC Innovative Projects program, the VSGC supported the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond to produce a Dome screen immersive educational film called The Cosmic Climate Cookbook. This film is about planetary habitability and Earth’s changing climate. VSGC’s other partners include George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, NOAA Office of Education, and the StudioCenter in Richmond.