CEE Partners with Virginia Bio on Life Science Education

MCLEAN, Va. - Aug. 30, 2021 - PRLog -- The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announces that it will partner with Virginia Bio to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education across Virginia. CEE will establish and manage STEM Lyceums in Virginia's rural and urban high schools to provide information and activities to encourage STEM studies and careers in science and technology.

"Working together, the Center for Excellence in Education and Virginia Bio aim to strengthen STEM education in the state of Virginia," said Joann DiGennaro, President of CEE. "This wonderful project will bring life-changing opportunities and resources to students across the Commonwealth."

CEE, at no cost to the schools or students, will provide hands-on activities to bolster research skills and expose students to various STEM careers. Virginia Bio directs Virginia Bio-Connect, a multi-regional collaboration designed to increase connectivity and awareness of the existing programs, resources, and communities in the Commonwealth that support the life sciences industry.

John Newby, Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Bio, said that the partnership with CEE provides "an opportunity for students to hear life science professionals discuss their companies and their science education."

CEE, through its Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP), brings extensive experience connecting rural and urban middle and high school teachers to experts from industry and academia with meaningful professional links to benefit underserved students. TEP events and resources, including Bite of Science and the online Lab Bench, are provided cost-free to teachers in 11 states to access and use in the classroom. To date, nearly 4,000 teachers from over 1600 schools have participated. After each event, teachers are provided resources to take back to their classrooms. The program has reached more than 600,000 underserved rural and urban students to consider STEM careers.

STEM Lyceums will be managed by Laura-Ashley Alegbeleye, who earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and a M.A. in Teaching from Loyola University Maryland. She comes to CEE after working eight years as a high school STEM educator. Prior to transitioning to STEM education, Laura-Ashley worked in industry as an Application Engineer.


About Center for Excellence in Education

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among scientific and technological leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). Visit CEE's website, https://www.cee.org.

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