Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, the United States Representative for North Carolina’s 5th congressional district, recently made several trips to visit Surry County Schools and classrooms. Representative Foxx first visited Meadowview Magnet Middle, guided by Mustang Student Ambassadors, Ashley Flores and Maci Whittington. Dr. Foxx visited the zSpace Lab where she saw Mustang Scholars engaged in learning through virtual reality. The zSpace Lab is a virtual reality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) lab in which students wear 3-D glasses and use a stylus to view and manipulate STEM applications that are difficult to teach without seeing them brought to life. Students were also proud to showcase their Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classroom. PLTW students were extracting strawberry DNA. Dr. Foxx could not resist and participated in a DNA extraction alongside students. In another PLTW class, students learning about Vex gears used in building robots that students program through coding to perform functions and missions demonstrated their high-tech skills. Congresswoman Foxx spoke to PLTW classes and told them, “You are gaining skills you will need for careers and you are building a resume. With these skills, you will be able to get a job right down the road, if you want.” Dr. Foxx later visited an Earth and Environmental Science course. This course allows Meadowview Magnet students to go deeper in science content standards since this is a high school course. Meadowview Magnet students have the option of pursuing high school credits while in middle school, and many do. During the 2017-2018 school year, Meadowview students earned a total of 94 high school credits. Earning high school credits in middle school facilitates more individualized and personalized flexible scheduling in high school.
On Saturday, May 12, seventeen of our Mustang Science Scholars met at MMMS to experience Mustang CSI. Students were presented with a crime scene where they made observations and collected evidences to be tested later that day in a series of forensics laboratory experiences. Exclamations of "this is the coolest thing we've done all year" and "I love this" could be heard as students worked in small groups