HBOn Saturday, April 30, 2016, participants of Problem-based Interdisciplinary STEM Learning II (PI STEM II) met at Longwood University to celebrate their year -long work with ITTIP and their classrooms. PI STEM II participants celebrated their successes and challenges with their peers that spanned across nine school divisions: Charles City, Chesterfield County, Franklin City, Lunenburg County, Mecklenburg, Patrick County, Rockingham County, Williamsburg-James City, York County

During the summit, participants gained insight from their peers regarding different integration ideas and models for using the Hummingbird Robotics kits through problem-based learning experiences. Some teachers partnered up with other participating teachers to integrate after school programs, while others were able to seamlessly integrate the STEM experiences for their students directly into the school day’s curriculum. Everyone was very enthusiastic about using the kits again next year.

PISTEM II was a grant funded through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) for the 2015-2016 school year. ITTIP was previously funded (2014-2015) for a similar grant project, PI STEM.