High-quality educational programs and instructional innovations require more than what is possible with local, state and federal funds alone. Donations help us provide enrichment opportunities that are not possible without private support.
As we depend on K-12 education to prepare students for an ever-changing global workforce with constant technological advancements, using those same technological advancements to learn is critical. It is important to remember that all students do not have access to the latest technology nor do students learn the same way. Students have a range of learning challenges and styles. As a result. the GEF partnered with some high school teachers to introduce Virtual Reality (VR) into the curriculum. VR helps students have deeper engagement in the subject they are learning, resulting in improved memory recall and retention. It also helps the students develop the
all-important soft skills, such as communication, reasoning, problem solving, making judgments in real-world scenarios, and thinking creatively, to name a few.
Thanks to generosity of the John H. Wright Fund, middle and high school teachers will be able to add significant value to the curriculum in biology, agriculture and ecology. The fund will provide for capital expenses to add or expand lab facilities and materials in and around the 32’x60′ Hy-Tunnel greenhouse, which was constructed to support STEM, biology, and agriculture classes for Goochland High and Goochland Middle.
We purchased a germination chamber for the students to start plants from seed. When the plants are big enough, they will be transplanted in the Hy-tunnel greenhouse for studies in biology, agriculture, and ecology.
We are bridging the technology gap faced by students who lack home Internet access. Kajeet broadband devices provide qualified students with a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Students are able to connect to the web away from school to complete homework and projects so that they don’t fall behind. Teachers can post assignments and supplemental materials for use at home.
Thanks to support from Carmax, we are launching a new program designed to create equity in education. Third, 4th and 5th grade students ‘check out’ backpacks with projects that develop and strengthen 21st century and STEM skills. Activities in the areas of biology, physics, chemistry, botany, aerodynamics, etc. will engage the student, and their family, in a home educational experience.