Science Museum Leader Tapped as New State STEM Coordinator
Solidifies Virginia’s Commitment to Science-Related Educational Initiatives as Foundation of State’s Economic Future
Charles “Chuck” English, the Science Museum of Virginia’s Director of Playful Learning and Inquiry since 2012, has been selected as Virginia’s STEM coordinator. In his new role English will promote and coordinate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational initiatives across Virginia.
“Chuck’s background in education, curriculum development, strategic planning and project-based learning make him the ideal candidate for this role,” said Rich Conti, chief wonder officer. “For the last five years he has championed the Museum’s STEM programs. He will now be able to raise awareness of exciting STEM activities happening at organizations and institutions state-wide.”
As Virginia’s STEM coordinator, English will work with a broad array of partners across various sectors to strengthen Virginia’s learning landscape and promote science-related careers. By inspiring youth to pursue their passion in STEM fields, the state’s position as a leader in innovation will be enhanced and our workforce better prepared for the jobs of the future.
“There is focus on STEM instruction within the formal school-based curriculum,” said English. “In my new role, I’ll highlight informal education and workforce development opportunities, and show how the STEM areas integrate to create authentic experiences that tie to our everyday lives.”
Before coming to Virginia, English held a number of positions in STEM fields in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, including college physics professor, high school environmental science teacher, education coordinator at the Advanced Science and Technology Research Academy and program director at the American Museum of Science and Energy. In addition to his work at the Science Museum of Virginia, English serves on boards for the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Virginia Academy of Science, Virginia Space Grant Consortium and Virginia Math and Science Coalition. He has degrees in science methodology and cognitive research from West Virginia University.
English will continue to work out of the Museum creating a focal point for rich STEM dialogue. His efforts facilitating information exchange, identifying partnerships, connecting stakeholders and sharing resources will highlight the excitement and potential for science.
“If I build constructive STEM relationships rather than competitive ones within Virginia communities, we all win,” English added.
About the Science Museum of Virginia
The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. Through hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Richmond-based museum is home to three floors of interactive exhibits, The Dome theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and proudly hosts dynamic traveling exhibitions from around the world. Learn more at www.smv.org.
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