Extracurricular Opportunities

**Due to COVID-19, please contact each organization directly to inquire the status of their program. There may be some cancellations.**

Virginia Department of Aviation Educational Programs for Schools 

The Virginia Department of Aviation offers a variety of educational programs, including a teacher’s grant  program and art contest, as well as post-secondary scholarships and flight training scholarships that are available during the school year. Each of these programs is available at no charge. 

If you have any questions about Virginia Department of Aviation educational programs, please  visit www.doav.virginia.gov or contact Betty Wilson at (804) 971-1845  

or mailto:betty.wilson@doav.virginia.gov

The Virginia Aviation Teacher’s Grant Program offers a scholarship of up to $500.00 to teachers who  plan and conduct a lesson including aviation. These reimbursement scholarships are available to  teachers in any discipline and in any grade level (K-12) and may be virtual or in-person. https://doav.virginia.gov/globalassets/pdfs/education/2020-teachers-grant.pdf 

The Virginia Aviation Art Contest is operated by the Virginia Department of Aviation. Young people  ages 6 through 17 are invited to participate in three different age categories. The theme for 2021 is “A  Friendlier World with Air Sports.” Virginia winners will be forwarded to the United States National  Contest and winners at the National level will be forwarded to the International Contest operated by the  Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

https://doav.virginia.gov/programs-and-services/education/art_contest/ 

The Willard G. Plentl, Sr. Aviation Scholarship Program provides a $1,000.00 scholarship for a Virginia  high school senior planning an aviation career. In addition, the Department administers two Virginia  Airport Operators Council (VAOC) scholarships for $3,000.00: the John R. Lillard Scholarship and  Kenneth R. Scott Scholarship

https://doav.virginia.gov/globalassets/pdfs/education/2020-21-plentl-application.pdf https://doav.virginia.gov/globalassets/pdfs/education/2020-21-lillard_scott-scholarship-application.pdf 

The Chad Weaver Scholarship will reimburse $750.00 to Virginia residents for private pilot ground  school and/or flight training. As students may solo at age 16, high school students are eligible for Chad  Weaver Scholarships. 

https://doav.virginia.gov/globalassets/pdfs/education/2020-weaver-scholarship-brochure.pdf

New for Next Year: 

The Virginia Department of Aviation has recently received delivery of a small amphibian aircraft that,  while not flyable, can be trailered across the state. Educational programs are being developed for 2021  utilizing this aircraft that will introduce students to aviation and aviation careers and meet Virginia’s  standards of learning. In addition to the aircraft, a transit van with a flight simulator will also be  available. These programs will be offered to schools free of charge. 

Contact for Further Information: 

Dr. Tony Francis, Director of Adolescent Learning 

540-586-1045 

tfrancis@bedford.k12.va.us 

Or 

Dr. Gennifer Miller, Director of Childhood Learning 

540-586-1045 

gennifer.miller@bedford.k12.va.us





STEM Lyceums through CEE

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), a Virginia nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture high school students to careers of excellence and leadership in STEM, is offering a new opportunity. In addition to its other cost-free STEM outreach programs, CEE has a new program for students called STEM Lyceums. STEM Lyceums is an after-school virtual club for ALL Virginia high school students, with the purpose of building a virtual high school STEM community, and engaging students in discussions and explorations of STEM concepts and possible STEM career pathways. The goals of STEM Lyceums are as follows:

  • Increase the accessibility of scientific information to underserved and underrepresented high school students through direct interaction with experts in a specific field.
  • Foster a greater understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of STEM and critical thinking skills and encourage an excitement for inquiry-based science.
  • Prepare students for the potential of entering a STEM career and introduce them to a range of STEM career trajectories.

STEM Lyceums will occur monthly, with the kickoff event planned for February 2022. Due to its virtual format, STEM Lyceums could be a beneficial extracurricular learning experience for students, especially considering ongoing in-person programming restrictions due to COVID. Students can learn more about STEM Lyceums on the CEE website: https://www.cee.org/programs/stem-lyceums, and can register here: https://forms.office.com/r/XRXFBysxNF.

STEM Lyceums

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