VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 09/10/18 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 008 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: [email protected]

NAS Oceana STEM Lab Learning Day welcomes all VBCPS fifth-grade students

For the third year in a row, more than 5,500 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) fifth-graders will head to Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab Learning Day.

On Friday, Sept. 21, students will head to Oceana and take part in a series of hands-on learning stations, meet STEM leaders throughout the military and Hampton Roads community and see a special performance by the Navy's elite flight demonstration team, The Blue Angels. This year will be especially significant as Oceana is also celebrating its 75th anniversary.

A field trip like none other, this will be just the third time in division history an entire grade level has participated in a school activity.

"For the past two years, these STEM Lab Learning Days have been a true highlight for our students as well as our staff and volunteers," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "We are thrilled and thankful to once again partner with NAS Oceana to give our fifth-graders this incredible opportunity to see how their work and study in STEM now can translate into real-world careers in the future."

As part of the STEM Lab Learning Day, students will meet and hear from U.S. Navy pilots, mechanics and support personnel to understand how STEM is part of their work, as well as tour NAS Oceana aircraft.

This event is made possible through a combined partnership between VBCPS, NAS Oceana and a host of community partners. These partners include NASA Langley, the Navy Seabees, Tidewater Community College, Virginian Wesleyan University, Dominion Energy, Mad Science of Hampton Roads and Old Dominion University.

For more specific information about the STEM Lab Learning Day, contact the VBCPS Department of School Leadership at 263-1088.


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