Regional Governor's School

Deeper Learning at Regional Governor's School
Posted on 07/15/2019

Tidewater Regional Governor’s School will host an Open House on Thursday, July 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Pioneer Elementary School.  Students will discuss and display their culminating projects and celebrate their successes.

The Tidewater Regional Governor's School (TRGS) for Science and Technology is a  two-week summer STEAM program for identified gifted students in grades 3-6 (rising 4th-7th) from four municipalities in southeastern Virginia (Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, Franklin City, and Southampton County). 

TRGS students learn water quality.    TRGS learn river preservation.


This year's theme is "Deeper Learning."  The students are exploring marine science from a micro to macro perspective using STEAM skills, collaboration, and ADI (argument driven inquiry).  Students began the first week by designing an investigation on how to determine the health of the Chesapeake Bay by using parameters including salinity, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen.  This ADI lesson prepared them for the field trip to Bennett’s Creek Park, where they used scientific instruments and probeware to measure said parameters.  Other activities and lessons included: “Fashion a Fish”, where student groups created a new marine species and identified their adaptations, mobility, and eating behaviors; “Aquatic Wild-Dragonfly Pond”, where students arranged a development meeting to address the needs of environmentalists, farmers, and factory owners in an attempt to minimize pollution; and “Circle Books”, where students created a visual display to educate others about their selected Virginia aquatic animal and their research on its adaptations, niche in the food web, positive and negative impacts on the environment, and human impact on the organism.     

During Thursday’s Open House, students will showcase the knowledge they have gained through cooperation, experimentation and research.  They will discuss their experiences with the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance (NRPA), the Virginia Marine and Science Center, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).  They will showcase their hard work and tri-fold display boards and will be prepared to answer any and all of your questions!

TRGS is a premier STEAM enrichment program, different from regular classroom activities during the school year, because the focus can be on deep-dive STEAM experiences without the barriers of standardized testing, content standards, or schedules. Students are encouraged to think deeply about the concepts related to the theme and to use their hands to create ideas.  The session provides flexibility with timing, grouping, and activity to get the best, and most, from the students during the two-week program.

The Tidewater Regional Governor’s School for Science and Technology was chartered in 1992 as a collaborative effort between four municipalities that saw a need for science and technology summer experience for gifted students. In continuous operation since its first session in 1993, the program employs four teachers, one clerk, a director, and two student interns. The program admits sixty (60) rising 4th-7th grade students from Suffolk Public Schools, Isle of Wight County Schools, Franklin City Public Schools, and Southampton County Public Schools, and it currently operates out of Pioneer Elementary School, in Suffolk.  For more information, contact Leslie Moring, director, at

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