At NOVA’s second annual STEM Day on October 1, NOVA faculty and staff, Liberty Elementary (LCPS) faculty, NOVA student volunteers, and over 20 exhibitors from STEM-related businesses, nonprofits and LCPS student clubs were on hand to provide an exciting and informative experience for students and parents alike.
Platinum sponsor AOL demonstrated virtual reality technologies and had a never-ending line of attendees wanting to try it out. SySTEMic Solutions’ robotics-land attracted people of all ages and the 3-D printer was a hit. Robotics for Kids, Federation of Galaxy Explorers and Belmont Ridge Middle School Robotics showed off their signature creations.
Liberty Elementary School students brought along their coolest gadgets and facilitated activities featuring Ozobots, Spheros, coding and a maker space. Pokemon GO! treasure hunts, facilitated by NOVA’s Geographic Information Systems program, had hundreds of Poke’ players exploring the Campus for new finds.
Throughout the Campus there were challenges and exhibits ranging from “Exploring Mars” and “Coding 101” to “The Science of Music,” “Piranha Plants,” “Drones Take Flight” and dozens more. There were diverse activities for a diverse audience.
Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig was enthusiastic about the effect of the expo, saying “Our goal is to work with our partners to showcase the wide variety of STEM applications in the world of work and play and to spark kids’ interest in furthering their knowledge. It’s a joy to walk around and see kids and their families engaged in discovery. One of the long-term goals is to help build the economy of Northern Virginia by developing a highly skilled STEM workforce. But even for kids whose career interests lie in a different direction, we want them to experience the positive applications of STEM in any field.”
Overall, about 1,600 people attended Loudoun STEM Day.