US Science and Engineering Newsletter

Announcing SciFest All Access!  We are thrilled to announce our new program, SciFest All Access, coming to you virtually this summer!  Register now and stay tuned for more information on this exciting program!   At SciFest All Access, attendees of all ages can engage directly with our sponsors and exhibitors to experience 100+ virtual STEM activities!

This FREE virtual event will be a graphical depiction of the live Festival to include exhibitor booths, pavilions, and lounges with demonstrations, videos, games, and more. If your organization is interested in exhibiting at SciFest All Access, please contact us here.
Educators, please relay the exciting opportunity to students and parents before the summer break, so they have access to this fun, educational, and inspiring program! There is no cost to attend!

Click on the link below:

Marine Biology, Oceanography, and Underwater

If you love whales, exotic fish, and underwater robots you won’t want your kids to miss this free class. Also learn what it’s like to be a real Marine Biologist. Sign up for this free class now!

This new online class is not only going to teach your kids about underwater life and the physical ocean elements, but also provide your kids with a hands-on experience of what it’s really like to be a marine biologist.

Kids learn how to study the creatures that live in the sea in their natural environment by building scientific instruments that marine biologists use in the field, including a live-cell microscope and underwater ROV robot in addition to exploring erupting chemical volcanoes, and so much more.

This class is ideal for kids ages 7-14 (older if they have not studied Marine Biology before). Use the web address to register for upcoming classes.

Let’s Buy Stock!

What greater gift could you give your child than personal financial literacy. Using The Stock Market Game, you and your child will explore the fundamentals of personal finance and investing, while practicing content and skills in math, English Language Arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects. Working together to build and manage an investment portfolio in a real-world, dynamic marketplace, you and your child will analyze and make decisions, explore the consequences of your choices, and seek new ways to strategize for success. You know that you’re modeling critical problem solving and money management skills for your child; your child knows that you’re both having lots of fun.

Click on the link below and enjoy!

Student Expo Coming to Suffolk!

Does your child have an amazing idea, product or service? Let them be one of Hampton Roads Select, an elite group of future business owners with the opportunity to develop, brand and sell their product at the Hampton Roads Kids Expo. The Bennett Center has partnered with our sponsors to coach 25 new kid entrepreneurs. Each child will receive $1,000 to launch their business under the direction and guidance of a business mentor where they will debut their product or service at the Kid Expo.

The wonderful thing about this Kids Expo is we are taking 25 youth ages 5-17 and helping them start their own businesses by giving them $1,000, a mentor and putting them through 6 classes that will help them create their llc, brand, market, open up a bank account and set them up to debut their product at the Kid Expo. This is all free to the children and their parents. Attached is the flyer for the Expo and one for the program. There is also a YouTube video explaining it. 

Here is the YouTube video

You can visit for more information as well. 
Here is the eventbrite link

The Bennett Center: Bringing hope. Making a difference. Building a legacy.For donations and volunteer opportunities please visit

STEM Innovation Contest!

The Department of STEM and Innovation at VDOE is inviting your students to share their ideas and computer science skills through participating in a Computer Science Competition for all K-12 students.  This competition, sponsored by VDOE, CodeVA, and the Science Museum of Virginia, allows students the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity as they address prompts about computer science in their neighborhood.  Winners will be announced during CS Ed Week in December. Information can be found at the following link or in the flyer attached below.
If you have any questions, please email me at
Thank you, and good luck with your submissions!

Timothy Ellis
Computer Science Specialist
Virginia Department of Education
Office of STEM and Innovation
101 N 14th Street
James Monroe Building, 23rd Floor
Richmond, VA 23219


Join Us in Albuquerque at NAGC19

November 7-10, 2019

Join us as a community of K-12 and university professionals, parents, advocates, and others learn best practices for educating and nurturing gifted children from all backgrounds. Gain both valuable information and inspiration through 200+ content rich sessions. Visit the Exhibit Hall and learn about leading resources.

Register Now

Albuquerque Convention Center 401 2nd Street, NW Albuquerque, NM 87102

William and Mary Saturday Programs

Monthly News & Updates
The William and Mary Center for Gifted Education has so many wonderful enrichment courses planned for 2019!

Visit our Website
Fall SEP: October 12 & 19, 2019 Join us this fall for our fun enrichment classes! Classes run from 9:30 – 3:00 on Saturdays from October 12-19, 2019. Classes are $260 each with a $50 deposit due with application. Please see application packet (by clicking “Register for Fall SEP”) for course specifics, descriptions and application instructions. The deadline to apply October 7, 2019
Regular Pricing, September 21, 2019-October 7, 2019: $260.00
My Amazing Body! | Grades K-2  Beautiful Math | Grade K-2 Elementary Engineering | Grades 3-5 LEGO Robotics I | Grades 4-6

Welcome Letter!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to a new and exciting school year!  I am delighted to have your student in QUEST and look forward to sharing this school year together.  As the Gifted Resource Teacher,  it is my endeavor to create an educational partnership with you and your student that will foster courage, determination, and passion for knowledge.  In addition to this, my commitment as an educator will be to provide your student with a nurturing and challenging educational environment that will ensure their academic success with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Students are expected to actively participate in class and complete assignments to the best of their ability, while abiding by school rules at all times. Students and parents may access the Gifted Blog at  for information on upcoming events, both local and regional, as well as forms and applications for various programs.  

Again, I  look forward to teaching your student and working with you to help your student achieve his/her fullest potential. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you need additional assistance.


 Linda Perry-Clarke

Gifted Resource Teacher 

Mack Benn Elementary School 

Booker T. Washington Elementary School