On October 1, NOVA SySTEMic Solutions held the Youth for Tomorrow Country Fair (STEMZone). It was designed to get kids and their parents involved in hands-on STEM activities and introduce them to programs that can ignite a lasting interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Every student coming to the STEMZone received a STEM passport. Once they completed designated hands-on activities they received a sticker. Once they got four stickers they turned in their passport for a prize and also went into the drawing for a brand new Vex robot or a Dronium III AP Protocol Drone.
There were multiple engaging STEM activities. Children could play robot basketball, design an object in CAD, watch 3D printers print out T-Rex skulls, Millenium Falcons and nuts and bolts. They could build and launch stomp rockets as well as snuffing out a simulated cyber-threat on a laptop at the cybersecurity station. They could try a drone simulator and better yet, go over to the indoor Drone Zone and fly a drone through an obstacle course. All in all, about 1,200 people came through the STEMZone. It was busy all day, despite the rain.
The goal is for students to be transformed from a preliminary STEM engagement to pursuing STEM education and beyond. SySTEMic Solutions is able to follow up with registered participants to inform them about Robotics Competitions, STEM Camps, STEMinars and other NOVA opportunities that will aid them onto a pathway that hopefully leads to a STEM career.