For Science and Technology

For Science and Technology

Tidewater Regional
Governor’s School

For Science and Technology

March 21, 2016

Dear Parents,

Identified gifted students currently in grades three, four, five, and six from Isle of Wight County, Franklin Public Schools, Suffolk Public Schools, and Southampton Public Schools are eligible and are urged to apply to The Tidewater Regional Governor's School for Science and Technology. The program is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the participating school divisions. All expenses are covered by a state grant.

Please read the program description below. If you wish for your child to be considered for this program, complete the attached application and return it to the address shown at the end of this letter. Applications will be evaluated based on grant guidelines and selection will be made by the division committee. You will be notified in writing of your child’s status. Students who have never attended the program will be given priority consideration.

The Tidewater Regional Governor's School for Science and Technology

Session Theme: DRONES: Design, Reconnaissance, Operations, Networking, Emergency, and School Applications!

Objective: Students will examine, conduct investigations, and design/build a solution to a real-life or future problem using unmanned automated vehicles (UAV).

Session Schedule:
Monday – Thursday during the weeks of July 11-14 and July 18-21, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Pioneer Elementary School, 150 Pioneer Road, Suffolk, Virginia


The Tidewater Regional Governor’s School program will offer students the opportunity to solve real-world problems related to STEM topics and methodologies by exploiting their inherent interest in unmanned automated vehicles (UAV). Working in cross-age groups, students will research relevant topics relating to innovating/improving a new/existing application of UAV and/or piloted drones. At least one class day will be devoted to off-site field trip(s) that will provide students with vital, novel experiences that support the session theme. Depending on the scope of students’ chosen projects, a variety of hardware and software options will be made available to students to accomplish necessary tasks. Activities that support the session theme will be planned and carried out by TRGS teachers. Students will present their technology experience, through any means reasonable, during the concluding day of the program to visiting families, district guests, and the public. Instructors who have experience working with gifted students and who have experience with available technology will act as facilitators of learning. In addition, expert speakers will provide participants relevant information and resources that will enhance the overall learning experience.

To apply, please complete the attached materials and return no later than March 25, 2016 to your school’s Gifted Resource Teacher.


Timothy Kubinak

Director, Tidewater Regional Governor’s School

Tidewater Governor’s School for Science and Technology Student Application (Form B)


(Please Type or Print)

  1. Student Name: ______
  2. Date of Birth: / /
  3. Gender: M F
  4. Current Grade Level: ______
  5. Home Telephone: ( ) -
  6. Email: ______
  7. Legal Residence: ______
  8. County or city in which student resides:
  9. School division in which student is currently enrolled: ______
  10. School in which student is currently enrolled:
  11. School address: ______
  12. Previous Attendance at TRGS ______, ______, ______
  13. I give permission for the information requested to complete the application be supplied by school personnel for the purpose of processing my child’s application for the Tidewater Governor’s School for Science and Technology. If accepted, I understand my child is expected to attend all eight days of the program. In addition, I understand that I waive my rights to review and inspect my child’s application and score page for the Summer Regional Governor’s School program.

Signature: ______Date: ______

Printed Name of Parent: ______

Please return application to: Gifted Resource Teacher

Applicants will be notified in writing.

Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, or the presence of medical condition or handicap.