The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition has selected Makerspaces in Schools, developed by Professor of Education George Meadows, as one of its 2017 Programs That Work.
The nonprofit education coalition honored Meadows at a Feb. 15 reception at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
With initial funding from a Shirley Van Epps Waple ’52 professional development fellowship in 2013, Meadows introduced the innovative 3D printing program in area elementary and middle school classrooms.
The program has helped schools in Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Prince William counties to develop makerspaces, and it has led to similar efforts in the city of Richmond and the Northern Neck.
Meadows, who has taught at UMW for the past two decades, has been at the forefront of teaching students about science and technology in creative ways. With colleagues from the university’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and the Simpson Library, he was among the first to introduce 3D printing technology into UMW classes instructing future teachers.