Odette D. Scovel, SupervisorBrian J. Markley, Specialist21000 Education Court, Suite 518Ashburn, VA 20148Phone (571) 252-1360Fax (571) 252-1633Loudoun County Public Schools science programs are designed to actively engage students in the process of science and use reasoning processes that build scientific thinking. These programs teach students to know, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world; to generate and evaluate scientific evidence and explanations; to understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge; and to participate productively in scientific practices and discourse.Elementary - focuses on providing active, inquiry-based, and student-centered science experiences for students. Science instruction in elementary grades emphasizes building student skills, making observations, learning about scientific investigation, and developing scientific habits of mind. Students are presented with authentic scientific questions to answer. Teachers make frequent use of materials (science kits, AIMS materials, lab-ware, and other science equipment) that have been provided to each school.Middle School - continues to provide active, inquiry-based, and student-centered science experiences for students. Science instruction in the middle schools is built around the framework of the LCPS Core Experiences (CEs), which are scientific investigations carried out by every middle school student. The CEs are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning, emphasize building student conceptual understanding and understandings of scientific practice, develop scientific habits of mind and scientific skills, and give students experiences with authentic scientific equipment.High School - offerings are designed to prepare students for continued academic study and eventual entry into the workforce. A variety of courses in the different science disciplines are offered to students. Many students participate in science research through their honors courses, Independent Science Research, and by participating in the LCPS Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Rising 9th grade students are also offered the opportunity to enter the Academy of Science, the LCPS science magnet program.
Loudoun County Public Schools is a leader, both in Virginia and in the country, in providing opportunities for students to learn about and use this cutting-edge technology. Since 2006, LCPS has offered a dual-enrollment course in Geospatial Technology at the high school level in partnership with the Geospatial Semester through James Madison University. Through the course, over 1000 students have earned college credit. With the program expanding, the goal is for all high schools to offer the course. See a copy of the course syllabus here.
We are proud to be partners with ESRI and the White House ConnectEd Initiative. Through this initiative, ALL of our schools have an ArcGIS Organizational account putting this technology in the hands of all LCPS students and teachers.
Janelia - LCPS Summer Internship ProgramAbout Janelia
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy organization whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and student to pursue fundamental questions about living systems. Opened in 2006, HHMI's Janelia Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, VA, where scientists pursue biology's most challenging problems in a uniquely innovative and collaborative atmosphere. Janelia researchers are dedicated to understanding the function of neural circuits and developing synergistic imaging technology.Program Information
The Janelia-LCPS Summer Internship Program will offer high school students attending Loudoun County Public Schools the opportunity to spend eight weeks at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, performing research using state-of-the-art technology and methods to answer questions in biology and computational science under the guidance of group leaders, scientists and engineers. Selected students will have the opportunity to attend seminars by Janelia researchers, as well as to participate in journal clubs and other events. You can view a video of the 2018 interns sharing their experience here.
In 2019, the program will run from June 14th to August 9th. Please note that this is a full-time paid internship to which you will be dedicating 40 hours per week, and therefore it is expected that you will not undertake other organized activities that conflict with the program and will plan vacations around the internship dates. Students selected will be responsible for their own housing, food, and travel to and from Janelia.Eligibility
We accept applications for students attending an LCPS high school who are in good academic standing and will be 16 years old by June 13, 2019.
We are looking for students with strong biology and computational background who have demonstrated a high level of academic standard and have experience in scientific research. Projects cover a wide variety of topics including machine learning algorithms, data annotation, reconstruction of neural networks, animal behavior analysis and optogenetics. High school students interested in computer programming, engineering, mathematics, physics, and neuroscience are encouraged to apply. Programming experience in Python, MATLAB, and/or C++ is strongly encouraged.Application Materials
For full consideration, applications must be received before 5 pm on January 15, 2019. The application materials (Resume, statement of purpose, and description of activities) must be emailed as a single, combined PDF document to email@example.com. The file must be named with the student’s last name and LCPS student number, e.g. Smith12345. Include “Janelia-LCPS Summer Internship Program” in the subject line of the email.The file should include the following:Evaluation and Selection ProcessTop candidates will be contacted by email to schedule an interview by February 27, 2019. Once interviews have been completed, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by March 29, 2019
Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF)
2019 Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF)
The 38th Annual LCPS Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF) involves over 275 high school students from Loudoun County Public Schools. Student are selected to participate in the RSEF by their schools. This year the RSEF categories include:
Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Embedded Systems, Energy: Chemical, Energy: Physical, Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Sciences, Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Systems Software, and Translational Medical Science.
The 38th LCPS RSEF will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Riverside High School in Leesburg, Virginia. The fair opens to the public at 6:00 pm with the awards ceremony at 7:00 pm.
Registration for the 2019 LCPS Regional Science & Engineering Fair is now CLOSED
To contact the LCPS Science Office about the RSEF, please call 571-252-1360 or email: RSEF@lcps.org
To view archived awards click here.
Willowcroft Science EndowmentWillowcroft Science Endowment Fund is the result of a donation in excess of $100,000 by Lewis Parker, long time RSEF supporter, and the owner and winemaker at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Loudoun’s first commercial winery. Mr. Parker generously added funding to the Willowcroft Science Endowment in 2009, and invites other members of the scientific community to participate.The Willowcroft Science Endowment Fund permanently endows the Loudoun Education Foundation with an annual income stream restricted for use in support of Loudoun County Public Schools Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF), for which Mr. Parker has a special passion developed through years of meaningful involvement. The Piedmont Community Foundation invests and manages the endowment, and makes charitable distributions to the Loudoun Education Foundation, which administers grants for the sciences."I really believe that science is the future for our county and our country” said Mr. Parker. “We need to motivate and support the kids who have an interest in science and the teachers who help them. I hope to be able to add to the fund in the future and that others will also contribute directly, or through this endowment.”Support for the project comes from Mr. Parker because he feels it is extremely important to keep open an outstanding creative path for high school students excelling in the sciences and scientific research, and to also reward their mentors,” said Odette D. Scovel, RSEF Director. The Willowcroft Award, one of the scholarships ($2,000) supported by the Willowcroft Science Endowment, is given at the RSEF to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the sciences. A teacher is also awarded $2,000 in recognition of the support and mentoring they provide to students. Scovel continues, “Mr. Parker’s support of the science fair over the past 18 years has been wonderful for our students and teachers. His generosity is amazing, and we are thrilled to be the recipients of this gift for the science fair.”Members of the community are invited to contribute to the Willowcroft Science Endowment Fund. Those interested should contact Dawn Meyer, Executive Director of the Loudoun Education Foundation, 571-252-1102 or visit the LEF website at http://lef-va.com/.
To access the most recent version of the LCPS Science Safety Manual, click here.
Loudoun County Public Schools’ Vision for STEM EducationAccording to the Congressional Research Service (2008), the United States ranks 20th among all nations in the proportion of 24-year-olds who earn degrees in natural science or engineering. In response, government, business and professional organizations have identified improvements in K-12 education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a national priority. The National Academy of Sciences report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm (2007), calls for the strengthening of math and science education and for an urgent change in STEM education. The U.S. Department of Education’sReport of the Academic Competitiveness Council lists several K-12 STEM Education goals. Foremost is a goal to prepare all students with science, technology, engineering, and math skills needed to succeed in the 21st century technological economy.Increased performance in STEM fields requires STEM literacy. To become truly literate, students must have better understanding of the fields individually, and more importantly, they must understand how the fields are interrelated and interdependent. Clearly, formative experiences in STEM during their K-12 school years will allow for a deeper STEM literacy and better prepare them for university and beyond. In order to properly prepare our students, they must have a broad exposure to and a knowledge base in the STEM fields as part of their K-12 education.The goal of STEM education at LCPS is to deepen students’ knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that characterize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Loudoun County Public Schools has many exemplary programs designed to answer the call for STEM education. The Academies of Loudoun, ACL, specialized programs, the Academy of Engineering and Technology, AET, the Academy of Science, AOS, and Monroe Advanced Technical Academy, that meet these goals. Additionally, LCPS offers students a variety of STEM courses and opportunities that are rigorous, demanding, and help students develop skills required for the 21st century.Based on the success of these programs, we are building capacity to provide integrated STEM education to all LCPS students. Integrated STEM in LCPS is defined as experiences that develop student understanding within one STEM area while also learning or applying knowledge and/or skills from at least one other STEM area.Within this framework of integrated STEM, LCPS science courses will develop student’s science understanding necessary to be scientifically literate; which includes science content, habits of mind, science process skills, and relevant application of scientific knowledge. Through integrated STEM science instruction students will develop an understanding of the connections with other STEM disciplines. Additionally, science instruction at LCPS is intended to generate a large pool of students prepared to pursue STEM areas in college or through further on-the-job training in the workplace.LCPS STEM experiences will:- Capitalize on student interest
- Build on what students already know
- Engage students in the practices of STEM
- Engage students with inquiry learning