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STEM Teacher Professional Development

NOVA SySTEMic is committed to providing STEM professional development opportunities for middle and high school teachers in the areas of Cybersecurity, Robotics, and Programming at no cost for all school divisions in Northern Virginia. Teachers can attend professional development trainings at NOVA or through their school division on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Professional development focuses on skills training, lesson planning, and application.

Program Offerings

This course is geared towards training high school teachers in the cybersecurity domains. Topics are aligned to State of Virginia guidance on cyber education at the high school level to ensure content and quality is consistent for what the teachers learn versus what they teach. The course will focus on five core topics: Human Weaknesses, Cyber Threat and Vulnerability Management, Operating System Security, and Understanding Networks. Special topics will also be explored to highlight cutting-edge cyber concepts.

This course is geared towards training middle and high school teachers in how to utilize a VEX Robotics system in the classroom, including VEX IQ, VEX Cortex, and V5 systems. Training will focus on the management of equipment and basic best practices; fabrication and engineering design through fabrication using 3D printers, laser engraving, CNC, and other equipment; and advanced engineering and programming topics and projects that can be used with VEX and fabrication in mind.

This course is intended to provide a core background in coding for a middle school teacher new to coding and aligns with Computer Science 7th and 8th grade Standards of Learning. Training will provide an 8-10 hour resource package that would help any 7th-8th grade teacher teach a small unit on Algorithms and Programming. Programming basics will be done using both Java and Python languages. Following instruction on the programming languages, teachers will apply their knowledge to projects using microprocessors such as micro:bit, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi.

Each program is offered as a series of five sessions, with each training building on concepts from the previous session.

Sessions Schedule

Each program is offered as a series of five sessions, with each training building on concepts from the previous session. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance, providing up to 30 hours of professional development activity, upon course completion for the number of classes they have attended. 

Basic schedule for the training dates (lunch provided):

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Skills Training
  • 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Professional Development: Lesson Planning and Application
  • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Optional Extension time to meet as PLCs

NOVA's Pender Offices
3922 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Fall 2019 Dates (all sessions 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.):

  • Thur, Oct 3
  • Wed, Nov 13
  • Wed, Dec 4

Spring 2020 Dates (pending):

  • Thur, Feb 27
  • Thur, March 19
  • Thur, April 23
Training Request

NOVA SySTEMic provides on-site professional development on an as needed basis throughout the school year and summer. Please complete the form below to request professional development. Trainings can be a few hours or all day depending on division needs. SySTEMic will provide the laptops and materials for participants.

Request Training for Your School Division

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