• VIRGINIA DEMONSTRATION PROJECT (VDP)


     

     

    The Virginia Demonstration Project (VDP, formerly known as N-Star) brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers to life by engaging students in real world problem-based activities.  Through a partnership with the DoD STEM and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), STEM Professionals visit classrooms and co-teach the VDP Modules with middle school teachers.  Middle school students build team work and problem solving skills by working together to solve challenges.  Through both the in-class and summer academy challenges, STEM Professionals share information about their careers and encourage students to consider pursuing careers in STEM fields.

    SCPS was one of the first school systems to implement the VDP program and was part of the planning committee in 2004. Since 2004,  we have thousands of students and over 100 teachers who have participated in the program. VDP has over 50 scientists and engineers from two naval warfare laboratories who have volunteered to serve as mentors and role models to these students. SCPS works with science and engineers from Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). They work side-by-side with the SCPS participating teachers to implement the inquiry-based curriculum.

     

    VDP's Mission & Goals


     

    The mission of the NDEP Virginia Demonstration Project (VDP) is to: increase numbers of domestic students, particularly students from under-represented groups, pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees through enhancing student interest and attitudes towards math, science, technology and engineering; strengthen peer, family and school support for such interests, ensure long-term inclusiveness of women and minorities in science and technology programs; increase the numbers of students taking advanced-level mathematics and science courses.

    To accomplish this mission, the VDP has established the following goals:

    • Increase the instructional ability of K-12 science and mathematics teachers
    • Increase the ability of K-12 students to learn and apply concepts in STEM by means of the tools of modern pedagogy
    • Develop collaborative teaching teams consisting of teachers and skilled Department of Defense mentors (Scientists & Engineers) to assist in the development and delivery of an integrated science and mathematics curriculum
    • Increase the number of students enrolled in the proper level of mathematics in both primary and secondary education to enable entry into STEM degree programs
    • Engage students, teachers, counselors, and parents to create a school atmosphere which is both conducive to and supportive of the pursuit of pathways leading to careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering
    • Ensure long-term inclusiveness of women and minorities in science and technology programs