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