Tinkercad 3D Design Challenge — Fourth and fifth grade students throughout PWCS participated in a division wide 3D Design Challenge using 3D CAD design tool. Student finalists presented their designs to the school board on May 2nd. Their hard work was also recognized by Peggi Fox, WUSA9. WUSA 9 Recognizes Student Creativity  Additional information and resources on this exciting learning experience which was led by Jen Roberts,  can be found at Piney Branch Elementary School Technology Class Page
                  WUSA9 Recognizes Student Creativity

Full STEAM Ahead at Mountain View Elementary School in Haymarket, led by Instructional Technology Coach Terry Guiffre! Gainesville District School Board Representative Alyson Satterwhite spotlights efforts to incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and math into daily curriculum. STEM and STEAM programs are growing throughout PWCS schools, check with school Instructional Technology Coaches to find out what’s happening at your local school! 

Honor and Courage!  DC’s newest eaglets get their names from local school students. The Earth Conservation Corps, a nonprofit Youth Development and Environmental service organization have 2 new eaglets at the Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center, located in Washington, D.C. School-aged students world-wide were asked to help name the new eaglets. Ms. Weaver’s kindergarten students at Antietam Elementary School in Woodbridge submitted the name Honor, which won with 4,000 votes. The 2nd eaglet was named Courage by students at another local school in Alexandria, VA.

SOL Science Review with Google Expeditions! Hampton Middle School Instructional Technology Coach Vickie Dunlap brought in representatives from Google Expeditions to incorporate Google’s 3-D augmented-reality technology program as part of the eighth grade Science SOL review. Students went on a virtual exploration of the solar system and the history of space. They went into space, reviewed DNA, chromosomes, and RNA. Science concepts were seen through real-world experiences such as viewing the inner and outer planets, the rings around Saturn, an up-close view of the asteroid belt, spacecraft, space suits, and the inside of different space capsules in the NASA space program.

Hour of Code Begun as an introduction to computer science, this now yearly event, held during Computer Science Education Week each December, has become a worldwide effort to celebrate the field of computer science. Students throughout PWCS enjoy participating in a variety of Hour of Code events. Hour of Code

Speak UpProject Tomorrow Each year, K-12 students, parents and educators communicate about the role of technology for learning both in and out of school settings. Speak Up provides participants a way to participate in local decisions about technology as well as contribute to state and national dialogue about digital learning through free online surveys. Two PWCS students did a fantastic job participating in a panel discussion at the Dirksen Senate Building. Project Tomorrow Speak Up Senate Panel Discussion


Digital Learning DayStarted as a way to spread innovative practices that are taking place in classrooms and in out-of-school programs across the country, Digital Learning Day provides a powerful venue for educators to highlight great teaching practices that are improving student learning outcomes. Not about the technology, Digital Learning Day is about the learning! Digital Learning Day

Girls who CodeGirls who code seeks to close the gender gap in technology and build the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. They offer learning opportunities to deepen computer science skills and confidence; create clear pathways from school into the computing workforce; build a support of peers and role models who help students persist and succeed! Programs for 6th -12th graders include after school clubs, specialized summer courses and summer programs where 10-11th grade girls learn coding and get exposure to tech jobs. Girls Who Code