A joint program will establish the first laboratory school for advanced manufacturing technologies.
The University of Virginia Curry School of Education, the UVa School of Engineering and Applied Science and Albemarle County and Charlottesville public schools are collaborating on the program, which is supported by a $300,000 state planning grant.
The school will provide training in science and engineering. It will also “help prepare future teachers in the integration of engineering concepts into science education,” according to a news release.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for partnership between the local school divisions and the university focused on a highly innovative project of great mutual benefit,” Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School, said in the release. “University students and faculty from Curry and engineering will gain from the opportunities for their own professional training and research, while at the same time local students and educators will draw from the expertise of the university.”
The first classes are scheduled for next school year at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville and Jack Jouett Middle School in Albemarle.
As the program expands, the idea is to create an advanced manufacturing track that will include credit from Piedmont Virginia Community College.