The MathScience Innovation Center inspires and leads Central Virginia educators and students in active exploration of rapidly changing scientific, mathematical and technological concepts in a global society.
The Center provides services in key K-12 STEM areas:
Expanding teacher and student programming is the most costly yet, it is where we have the greatest impact. The impact of MSiC programming is expansive and long-lasting leading to the increased interest and content knowledge of students and teachers in STEM fields. This increased interest and knowledge of students results in more students being prepared for STEM college and career fields. It also results in teachers being able to more effectively teach in their classrooms, which is also positively correlated to increased college and career readiness.
The MSiC provides intensive professional development courses during the summer months, in addition to a multitude of division workshops during the year. We can only accommodate a fraction of the teachers interested in these experiences largely due to space and personnel constraints. As part of our strategic plan, we will expand our professional development offerings using our distance learning technology and satellite locations. Combined, these efforts will make professional development more accessible by: 1) increasing courses offered, 2) expanding delivery of courses
The MathScience Innovation Center is a non-profit, regional educational consortium focused on scanning trends and emerging fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This research and forecasting leads to the development and implementation of timely, academically rigorous, engaging programs for the students, parents and educators in the 13 school divisions who make up our membership. The MSiC provides cutting-edge programming for more than 130,000 students and 3,000 teachers through our school based, summer, Saturday and virtual programs. These “hands-on, minds-on” programs are highly relevant and have a direct impact on: 1) increasing student and teacher interest in STEM content and careers, 2) increasing the content and pedagogical knowledge of students and teachers, and 3) providing a pathway and pipeline for the community with a more knowledgeable and skilled group of individuals who are college and career ready.
Formed in 1966 as the Mathematics & Science Center, we are one of the oldest examples of regional partnerships in the metro Richmond area. The MathScience Innovation Center is comprised of a consortium of 13 school divisions representing urban, suburban and rural demographics (Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond) . The MSiC campus is located in a decommissioned school building circa 1960s complete with multiple buildings connected by breezeways, pond and large outdoor spaces. It is in this location, as well as four satellite locations, that we conduct our work with students, parents, educators, community and business partners in the region. We have designed 11 specialized classrooms on campus including an 8,000 gallon aquarium, fractals room, robotics and weather room. In addition, the MSiC runs the Challenger Learning Center-Richmond, which is the only Challenger Learning Center in Virginia and one of approximately 40 in the world.
Since 2007 we have developed and implemented the following initiatives as a complement to our classroom, center, virtual, summer and Saturday programs: Engineering, Fractal Geometry, Nanoscience, and Inquiry & Rigor. Our next three initiatives are Energy-Ecological Sustainability, Biomedical Engineering, and Advanced Manufacturing. These initiatives will provide futuristic, cutting-edge content using project-based learning for both adults and students in the region.
Dr. Freeman received her B.A. in psychology and elementary education from Columbia University, a M.S. in special education from Bank Street College of Education, and a Ph.D in Educational Administration from Boston College. Dr. Freeman is nationally certified through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Most recently, Dr. Freeman worked as a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) mentor for Richmond Public Schools, as well as an educational consultant for the Noyce Initiative through the Science Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Freeman has authored several articles and book chapters focusing on issues around educational reform, equity and mathematics from both national and international perspectives.
The MathScience Innovation Center Board is led by Chairman-elect Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools. .
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Copyright © 2014 The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia7501 Boulders View Drive, Richmond, VA 23225804-330-7400 | www.tcfrichmond.org