The MathScience Innovation Center is proud to be the leader of K-12 math and science education for the eight Central Virginia school divisions within our forty-three year old consortium. Annually, about 150,000 students learn through special designed classrooms at the Center, lessons taught on-site within area K-12 classrooms, and a series of Saturday and summer courses. Over 3,000 educators improve their ability to teach math and science through workshops within area school divisions, short courses for certificate renewal, and graduate courses taught in collaboration with Virginia institutes of higher education. Virtual programming includes websites, web-based courses, streaming videos, and videoconferencing, with about 1,000,000 visitors accessing these services annually.
Formed in 1966 as the Mathematics & Science Center, we are one of the oldest examples of regional partnerships in the metro Richmond area. The MathScience Innovation Center is comprised of eight school divisions: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan, and Richmond. Going into the 2009-2010 academic year, the consortium’s 141 elementary, 46 middle and 37 high schools represent a range of urban, suburban, and rural schools.
As a result of a two-year visioning process, from 2005 to 2007, the MathScience Innovation Center has a new name, new mission and expanded leadership role. Our mission is to “be the innovator, incubator and advocate of 21st century math and science programs for the Capital region’s K-12 educators and students.” Our expanded leadership roles include trend analysis, professional development of educators, innovative student programs, and advocacy of futuristic programs. As part of Vision 2015, a new vision, mission and strategic plan were adopted in the spring of 2006 and a new name and logo in the spring of 2007, with the name change effective July 1, 2007.
The MathScience Innovation Center is governed by a nineteen member Board consisting of a superintendent and school board member from each consortium division and several at-large members. The Consortium membership provides the Center’s operating budget. The MathScience Innovation Center 501c3 Foundation was formed in 1989. Its mission: Advancing Knowledge through Partnerships. The MathScience Innovation Center is located on the grounds of the Henrico County Public School’s former Central Gardens Elementary School and shares the campus with Henrico’s Head Start offices and Henrico’s Parent Resource Center. The Richmond Public Schools serves as the MathScience Innovation Center’s fiscal agent.
The MathScience Innovation Center is the only community organization dedicated to the development and implementation of futuristic math and science programs for Central Virginia’s K-12 educators and students. As described in its 2015 Plan, the MathScience Innovation Center is a capacity building workforce program for K-12 educators that provides expanded opportunities to learn about emerging fields (fractal geometry, engineering, nanotechnology, environmental modeling) and effective ways to integrate within the curriculum.