STEM Academy

XLR8: Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy – is the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy offering programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (subjects known collectively as “STEM”) for High School Juniors and Seniors in Virginia’s Region 2000/Lynchburg regional area. Located on the campus of Central Virginia Community College – XLR8 offers academic and technical training related to careers in engineering, technology and health science diagnostic services.

XLR8 STEM Academy students pursue an innovative PLTW (Project Lead The Way) curriculum; which allows them to cultivate their special talents in engineering, mechatronics, and biomedical science. The PLTW classroom is an engaging and thought-provoking place, where students develop critical thinking skills through hands-on project-based learning, preparing them to take on real-world challenges. Students will have the opportunity to create, design and build things like robots and cars, applying what they are learning in math and science to the world’s grand challenges. 

PLTW programs are designed to serve high school students of diverse backgrounds from those already interested in STEM-related fields to those who are more inspired by the application of STEM than they are by traditional mathematics and science courses.

XLR8 STEM Academy is one of 16 established Governor’s Career and Technical Education Academies across the state approved by the Virginia Board of Education and sponsored and evaluated by the Virginia Department of Education.

The tuition for students accepted into the program is paid by the student’s school division; there is no cost to parents for students to attend.  Students and parents are encouraged to visit the STEM Academy website, which has a great deal of additional information regarding the program.