August 14, 2017
Each year, teachers in Goochland County’s schools plan at least one project-based experience focused on developing students’ exposure to 21st century skills. These “G21” projects exemplify experience in communication, collaboration, team-building, work ethic, and problem solving for Goochland students. Many projects, too, go high tech, utilizing the division’s one-to-one technology.
Each August at its annual convocation, the division recognizes superlative projects submitted by teachers for the G21 Faire. The GEF supports this effort with financial support for teachers to purchase school supplies to continue their strong efforts at helping to inspire the next generation here in Goochland County.
G21 Gold Award
$300 was awarded to the team of Wes Farkas, Lucas Gibbs, Tim Greenway, Amy Henneberger, Mike Verrastro from Goochland High School. Their project, The Goochland High School Archery Range was also a Strategic Innovation Award-winning project for the 2016-17 school year.
G21 Silver Award
$200 was awarded to the team of Jennifer Gates, Katie Hadd, Beth Ferguson, Jaime Sprouse, Suzanne Taylor, Susan Vaughan from Randolph Elementary School for their RES Rangers Project in the fourth grade. Among the many activities in this journey project, students transformed an outdoor space on RES property to support a variety of learning activities. This project was also a Strategic Innovation Award-winning project for the 2016-17 school year.
G21 Bronze Award
$100 was awarded to the duo of Sarah Smith and Beth Houghton at Goochland Elementary School for their project Coding the Core Values. Students were challenged to create Scratch projects using block-based programming skills to communicate the essence of Goochland’s five core values. Projects were shared online with a worldwide audience and students not only developed emotionally and socially, but many experienced coding for the first time.