Teacher Institutes

21st Century Engineering:
The Built Environment
MSiC Fellows Program

Chris Lundberg, Betsy Ameen; Coordinators 2007
David Rhyne, Kristine Vester; Coordinators 2009

Developed with funding from the ACEC/VA and the Math Science Innovation Center.


Engineering: the Built Environment is a special program offered at the MathScience Innovation Center in partnership with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia (ACEC/VA). The overall goal of the program is to develop a cadre of outstanding educators to lead implementation of 21st Century initiatives within consortium school divisions.

The purpose of the Engineering program is to train nominated teachers (Engineering Fellows) in basic principles of engineering as they relate to the “built environment” and to assist the Fellows in the development of materials and strategies to incorporate more engineering related activities into the regular classroom ultimately encouraging more students into the field of engineering.  Upon completion of all phases of the program, Fellows will become acknowledged Engineering specialists in their local school divisions

The Engineering professionals participating in the summer institutes represent over twenty-five firms. Thirty-nine Engineering professionals served as guest speakers or field trip leaders. The Educators listen to Engineers explain their work, visit active field sites in the Richmond area, and assume the role of “student” participating in classroom ready engineering activities. The final products of the program are the creation of virtual field trips from each field site experience that include: pictures, videos, site history, and classroom activities fully aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning

Course Syllabus

Each two-week Program is held from 9 am to 4 pm, Mon. – Friday, during the summer. Daily agenda’s, outlined in the table of contents; include Engineer’s videos, Field trip sites, and classroom ready activities.

Table of contents

Day 1: Model Sites, Educator Expectations, Classroom Activities, Why Engineering from Engineers, Virginia Capital Field trip (2007), VA Museum of Fine Arts (2009).

Day 2: How to make a movie, Engineering Fundamentals from an Engineer, Rocketts Landing field trip(2007), VCU Dental School addition (2009)

Day 3: Classroom Activities, What is Green Engineering from an Engineer, New Kent Rest Area Field trip ( a recognized LEED winning “green” building)(2007), Robins Athletic Campus (2009).

Day 4: Electrical classroom activity, Engineering Careers from Engineers, I-295 at Short Pump field trip (2007), Half-Moon Cruise and Celebration Center (2009).

Day 5: The National Museum of the Marine Corp at Quantico field trip (2007), VCU School of Engineering Clean Room field trip (2009), Classroom activity.

Day 6: Classroom activities, What is the process of design and build from an Engineer, Hamilton Beach/Procter-Silex field trip (2007), Procter’s Creek Waste Water Facility field trip (2009).

Day 7: James River Water Plant field trip (2007), Pocahontas Parkway Airport Connector field trip (2009), What is the Environment and Engineering connection from a panel of Engineers.

Day 8: Miller and Rhoads Building Renovation field trip (2007), Fort Lee Training Center and Dormitory field trip (2009), What is involved in Structural Renovation and Structural Engineering from an Engineer and Architect.

Day 9: Classroom activities, Group work on virtual field trips

Day 10: Expectations for fellows, Outline of phases two and three of the program, Presentations of group products: VA State Capital Renovations (2007), VA Museum of Fine Arts (2009).


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