PPS Science Program earns $15,000 grant

PPS Science Program earns $15,000 grant for new modeling and simulation pathway
Posted on 08/31/2020
PPS Science Program earns $15,000 grant for new modeling and simulation pathway

Daniel Lewandowski, a secondary science program specialist for Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS), received a $15,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

The funds will go to the creation of a digital fabrication laboratory, or “fab lab,” in support of the division’s new modeling and simulation pathway (MODSIM pathway) for students. The proposed pathway would include a series of courses phased into the PPS Course of Study starting in the 2020-2021 academic year and be fully implemented by 2023-2024.

The sequence of courses comprising the MODSIM pathway are: Introduction to Modeling and Simulation; Engineering Drawing & Design; Digital Visualization; and, Game Design and Development.

Upon completion of the MODSIM Pathway students would be able to pursue highly sought national certifications through Career and Technical Education in Modeling and Simulation.

The fab lab will help inspire students in the pathway to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology.

According to Dominion Energy, through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed $48 million in 2019 to community causes throughout its footprint and beyond.

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation award grants in four focus areas, one of which is education. All education grants are to "develop the capacity of the future workforce, especially in STEM and energy fields."

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