One of my favorite quotes about education by Jean Piaget is, “The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” As educators we have the responsibility of preparing our students for the future. They will need the skills and knowledge to build economies, maintain infrastructures, protect natural resources, and solve problems through innovation.
The Virginia Children’s Engineering Council (VCEC) is here to provide resources and services that will lead to our students being prepared for any of the challenges the future may hold. Our bylaws contain four main purposes for our organization:
- Promote design, problem solving, technology and engineering in elementary school programs.
- Provide in-service programs and workshops for elementary school teachers and administrators.
- Promote greater recognition for programs at the elementary school level.
- Foster leadership in the promotion of children’s engineering, secondary, and university programs.
As the president for the 2016-2017 term, I want to extend an invitation for you to become a member of the VCEC. As a mem-ber you can:
- utilize our standards aligned design briefs
- enjoy the Children’s Engineering Journal
- get involved in regional events
- nominate teachers and programs for awards
- attend our high energy annual convention
- showcase your projects on our website
Our annual convention is open to any one interested in expanding their knowledge of best practices of STEM. We hope to see you this year February 9 – 10 in Roanoke, Virginia.
Joan Harper-Neely VCEC President