Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention 2017

Roanoke VA

Feb 9 - 10, 2017

The Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC) annual conference is an opportunity for educators to learn and develop Children's Engineering activities for the classroom. Educators from across the region experience hands-on learning opportunies to enhance the education of their students and school programs. 

The Children's Engineering Convention has three major components: 1) staff development for K-5 teachers focusing on strategies that assist children to create, use and control technology, 2) teacher demonstrations of techniques for infusing design, engineering, and technology activities into the Standards of Learning, and 3) a showcase of technology-based educational resources. In addition to the special interest sessions/workshops, other opportunities will include educational vendor exhibits and keynote speakers during each general session.

Participants will experience engineering and technology-based activities that contribute to the development of technological awareness. Workshop highlights will focus on experiences that enable children to:
explore how people create, use, and control technology
apply knowledge in mathematics, science, English, and history and social sciences in solving problems associated with design, engineering and technology; and
use tools and materials to develop technological literacy and self-confidence.
Participants will receive ten (10) re-certification points for full participation in the convention, when the participants have prior approval from their school administration.

Details about break-out sessions may be found at:

VCEC is dedicated to developing design and technology instructional material, and providing local, regional and statewide inservice opportunities for educators at grades K-5. The inservice programs help teachers ensure that children develop an understanding of how to use, create, control, and assess technology. These instructional experiences are provided in a design, critical thinking, and problem solving context. They undergird attainment of selected Standards of Learning in English, mathematics, science, and history and social science.

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Beth Sawyer

K-5 STEAM Teacher, Evergreen Elementary, CCPS

Bio: STEAM Resource Teacher

Bonnie Dance

PK - 5 STEAM Innovation Teacher, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Bio: I serve as a PK-5 STEAM resource teacher for a Nationally Distinguished Title I School in Chesterfield County, VA. During the last 4 years, I have been head of the Engineering Club, have been involved with Richmond Scratch Meetups (to keep myself up to date on the latest developments in coding projects for kids), and have developed a partnership with the Steward School after attending VCEC my first year. I have been a presenter for this conference once before, and have attended 3 years, in total. Prior to teaching STEAM, I was a 2nd and 3rd grade classroom teacher. I hold a Master's Degree in Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education. Some of my favorite hobbies include wood burning, board games, and playing the violin.

Amy Flick

Teacher, Fulks Run Elementary School

Anita Deck

Director of Innovation, Assessment, and Research at the STEM Center for Teaching and Learning, International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)

Anita Mays

Teacher, Albemarle County Public Schools

Erica Baker

CyberSecurity Research Intern, Norfolk State University

Barbara Adcock

Instructional STEM Coach, Powhatan County Schools

Barbara Westlund

Science Resource Teacher, Yorktown Elementary Math, Science and Technology School

Beverly Kerr

Teacher, Fluvanna County Public Schools

Carrie Lewis

DEPTH And INSTRUCTIONAL. COACH, Lynchburg City Schools

Chelsea Diana

Kindergarten Teacher, Loudon County Public Schools

Cheryl Carrico

Research Scientist, Virginia Tech

Cheryl Morgan

Teacher, Shenandoah County Public Schools

Clifton Jones

Teacher, Falling Creek Middle School

Courtney Carpenter

Teacher, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Craig Freeman

STEM Education Specialist, Hampton City Public Schools

Daron Moore

Teacher, IC Norcom HS

Devon Becker

Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools

Diana Ferguson

Advanced Learning & I-STEM Specialist, Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Amy Bossard

Teacher, Weems Elementary

Anita Ritchie

2nd Grade Teacher, Fulks Run Elementary

Courtney Steele

2nd Grade Teacher , Manassas City Public Schools

Dana Malley

Special Education Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools

Anne Jewett

Culpeper County Public Schools

Barbara Messina


Chris Chamberlin


Amy Qualls


Candace Harris

Roanoke County Schools

Diana Schmiesing

Fairfax County Schools

Alisa Sexton-Rushing

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