STEM Takes Flight Workshop

STEM Takes Flight Workshop

Earlier this year, professors Tim Eichers (LO) and Matthew Westerhoff (MA) participated in a professional development workshop at NASA Wallops Flight Facility along with 18 other faculty members from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). This three-day, residential workshop focused on the integration of STEM in the NASA workplace with the purpose of assisting faculty in educating students on the importance of teamwork, technical skills … Continue reading STEM Takes Flight Workshop

STEAM Discussion at Manassas

STEAM Discussion at Manassas

The College community is invited to hear Dr. Nicholas C. Barbi discuss the value of noninvasive elemental analysis of works of art. Barbi’s presentation will include a demonstration of ELIO, a specialized X-ray machine that can find unseen information in artwork. The discussion will start at noon on November 7 in Colgan Theater at the Manassas Campus. Both art and STEM faculty and students will … Continue reading STEAM Discussion at Manassas

STEM, Humanities and Water: 3rd Annual STEAM Event

STEM, Humanities and Water: 3rd Annual STEAM Event

What happens when we bring together faculty and students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), humanities and art and ask them to think together about topics of global importance, such as water? The results are engaging conversation, stimulating learning and solid ideas about bringing new knowledge into the classroom. Alexandria art faculty Stacy Slaten had her art students make meaningful art about the fluidity … Continue reading STEM, Humanities and Water: 3rd Annual STEAM Event

MEC Faculty and Staff Participate in Local Career Event

Each year, sophomores at South Lakes High School engage in a career unit as part of their English curriculum in which they explore various career options and what careers might be of interest to them individually. At the end of this curriculum, which lasts approximately two weeks, there is a career exploration event in which up to 40 different career professionals participate so that students … Continue reading MEC Faculty and Staff Participate in Local Career Event

Invitation to 5th Annual 2017 NOVA Mathematics Competition

All NOVA students are invited to the fifth annual 2017 NOVA Mathematics Competition. All STEM faculty are asked to help promote this event to all current students at credited mathematics levels. Organizers hope to challenge NOVA students to compete against their peers and enjoy the experience of learning. The Annandale Campus will host the event on Friday, April 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in … Continue reading Invitation to 5th Annual 2017 NOVA Mathematics Competition

Invitation to 5th Annual 2017 NOVA Mathematics Competition

All NOVA students from all campuses and centers are invited to the fifth annual 2017 NOVA Mathematics Competition. All STEM faculty are asked to help promote this event to all current students at credited mathematics levels. Organizers hope to challenge all NOVA students to compete against their peers and enjoy the experience of learning. The Annandale Campus will host the event on Friday, April 7 from … Continue reading Invitation to 5th Annual 2017 NOVA Mathematics Competition

NOVA SySTEMic Presents STEMZone

NOVA SySTEMic Presents STEMZone

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. … Continue reading NOVA SySTEMic Presents STEMZone

Northern Virginia Kids Experience STEM at Loudoun

Northern Virginia Kids Experience STEM at Loudoun

NOVA hosted the second annual Loudoun County STEM Day at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus on October 1. The goal of the event is to encourage children – particularly girls – to learn about and get involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as STEAM, which includes the arts. The event helps to capture their interest and draw children to careers in these in-demand … Continue reading Northern Virginia Kids Experience STEM at Loudoun

STEM Camps for Underrepresented Students

STEM Camps for Underrepresented Students

On July 27 at West Potomac High School, NOVA SySTEMic Solutions had the privilege to recognize AT&T Services, Inc. (AT&T), Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) and Ft. Belvoir for their contributions in enhancing STEM camp opportunities for underrepresented students from Mt. Vernon High School. Representatives from each organization were on hand to show support and offer their insights and advice to students who are prospective … Continue reading STEM Camps for Underrepresented Students

Manassas Campus Campers Take Flight

Manassas Campus Campers Take Flight

The Manassas Campus hosted the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) Aviation Career Education Summer (ACE) Academy the week of July 11 to 22. OBAP staff and Manassas faculty planned an exciting two-week camp for 20 area youths ages 13 to 18. During the two weeks, students participated in an array of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. Additionally, they took exciting off-site field … Continue reading Manassas Campus Campers Take Flight

NOVA Hosts STEM Summer Academy for High School Students

NOVA Hosts STEM Summer Academy for High School Students

NOVA hosted a sophisticated multicampus STEM academy for high school students in June. This ambitious project was generated by the work of the NOVA College-wide STEM Initiative (NCSI) team. NCSI initiative was launched in fall 2014. With funding provided by the College and chaired by Dr. Ia Gomez, Manassas Campus associate dean of science and applied technologies, faculty members from STEM disciplines from each NOVA campus have been … Continue reading NOVA Hosts STEM Summer Academy for High School Students

The Greenhouse Murder at Annandale CSI STEM Camp

The Greenhouse Murder at Annandale CSI STEM Camp

Several area high school students took part in solving a mock crime on the Annandale Campus June 27 to 30. The camp was led by a multidisciplinary team of NOVA professors consisting of biologists (Mary Vander Maten, Karen Bushaw-Newton and Muffarah Marr), chemists (Reva Savkar, Mihaela Chamberlin, Ritu Kansal and Pirabalini Swaminathan), forensic scientists (JoAnn Short and George McMillan), retired professor Robert Loser and Detective Stephen Brunelle. Students … Continue reading The Greenhouse Murder at Annandale CSI STEM Camp

STEM Academy Students Solve Forensic Mystery

STEM Academy Students Solve Forensic Mystery

During the week of June 27, Prince William County high school juniors and seniors attended a weeklong STEM Academy at the Woodbridge Campus. Twenty-five students unraveled a forensics mystery by conducting various STEM experiments and participating in sessions led by NOVA faculty that focused on the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics involved in forensic science. When asked about the value of the experience, one student … Continue reading STEM Academy Students Solve Forensic Mystery

2016 Fourth Annual NOVA Mathematic Competition

2016 Fourth Annual NOVA Mathematic Competition

Twenty eight NOVA students from all campuses demonstrated a great love for mathematics by competing at the Annandale Campus for the fourth annual NOVA Mathematics Competition on April 8. Thanks to the generous contributions of time and talent of many volunteers, the competition was a great success. Fourteen teams comprised of two students each participated in the competition. Prizes for each member of the top … Continue reading 2016 Fourth Annual NOVA Mathematic Competition

Video On Demand: Science Seminar on How STEM Became STEAM

Video On Demand: Science Seminar on How STEM Became STEAM

  On February 26, Dr. Gillian Backus (Loudoun Biology Professor) and Dr. Diane Mucci (Manassas Interim Dean of Science and Applied Technology) gave an interactive presentation titled, “How STEM became STEAM and Everyone Won: Incorporating Humanities in STEM Disciplines.” They shared their experiences on “Building a STEAM Engine” that brings together one student and two faculty members – one from science and one from art … Continue reading Video On Demand: Science Seminar on How STEM Became STEAM

Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Science Seminar on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Forum Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus. Dr. Gillian Backus (LO) and Dr. Diane Mucci (MA) will present “How STEM Became STEAM and Everyone Won: Incorporating Humanities in STEM Disciplines.” There will be a meet and greet with light refreshments from … Continue reading Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Science Seminar on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Forum Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus. Dr. Gillian Backus (LO) and Dr. Diane Mucci (MA) will present “How STEM Became STEAM and Everyone Won: Incorporating Humanities in STEM Disciplines.” There will be a meet and greet with light refreshments from … Continue reading Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Science Seminar on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Forum Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus. Dr. Gillian Backus (LO) and Dr. Diane Mucci (MA) will present “How STEM Became STEAM and Everyone Won: Incorporating Humanities in STEM Disciplines.” There will be a meet and greet with light refreshments from … Continue reading Science Seminar: How STEM Became STEAM

Workforce Development Attends Three Engaging Conferences

Workforce Development Attends Three Engaging Conferences

Workforce Development Division (WDD) staff attended three conferences in early December. American Culture and Language Institute Program Manager Silvana Barretto (LO), who is also the “Workforce Link” catalog lead/designer, attended the Augusoft Lumens User Summit in New Orleans. The summit allowed colleges to explore new strategies and industry best practices and gain additional insight on upcoming features. Barretto and the “MyWorkforce” team successfully implemented Augusoft’s … Continue reading Workforce Development Attends Three Engaging Conferences

Loudoun Holds STEM Day, Drawing Over 1,500 Participants

Loudoun Holds STEM Day, Drawing Over 1,500 Participants

The first-ever Loudoun County STEM Day was a resounding success. On October 17, the Loudoun Campus, NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions, Loudoun County Public Schools and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce joined forces to sponsor the event, drawing hundreds of students, parents, educators and even U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10). This is the second year Loudoun Campus hosted the free day-long STEM-based event but the first time … Continue reading Loudoun Holds STEM Day, Drawing Over 1,500 Participants

Workforce Development Hosts 2nd STEM Career Fair

Workforce Development Hosts 2nd STEM Career Fair

On September 30, the Workforce Development Division (WDD) hosted its second Workforce Industry Career Fair, focused on STEM jobs. Joe Montano, regional representative for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, started the fair by discussing the growing impact of STEM in Northern Virginia. Montano said that events like the Workforce Industry Career Fair help address the need for talent to fill the more than 30,000 available STEM … Continue reading Workforce Development Hosts 2nd STEM Career Fair

STEM Panel for Scholars Celebrates Diversity at Manassas

STEM Panel for Scholars Celebrates Diversity at Manassas

On September 15, the STEM Panel for Scholars inaugurated the celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month at the Manassas Campus. Professor Sara Mendoza invited four distinguished scientists from different subject areas including math, informatics, biology, physics and engineering, who represented a wide array of Hispanic countries. Ana Valentin from the Bureau of Census, Javier Ortiz from John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Elena Hernandez-Ramon from National … Continue reading STEM Panel for Scholars Celebrates Diversity at Manassas

From Camps to Courses to Credit at NOVA

Manassas Innovation Park came alive on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during July and August. The Workforce Development computer lab was packed with more than 35 students interested in learning 3-D printing and engineering design skills as well as programming skills. To engage these students along the STEM pipeline more effectively, SySTEMic Solutions, NOVA’s STEM outreach program, wanted a way to focus efforts on student transition … Continue reading From Camps to Courses to Credit at NOVA

Woodbridge Partners With Future Kings to Host Summer Camp

Woodbridge Partners With Future Kings to Host Summer Camp

A collaborative effort between the Woodbridge Campus and a local outreach youth program, Future Kings, resulted in providing a summer camp to help children manage their own information technology business. Future Kings, a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) approved organization that provides an entrepreneurial education program to young men from underserved communities, is currently sponsoring a summer camp with a STEM focus at the Woodbridge Campus. This … Continue reading Woodbridge Partners With Future Kings to Host Summer Camp

Majewski and Students Present at the National Convocation

Majewski and Students Present at the National Convocation

Annandale Physics Professor Walerian Majewski was invited to participate at the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Convocation on Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum, May 11 to 13. Majewski was among a group of 50 faculty experts in early undergraduate research from 30 universities and four community colleges nationwide invited to develop a consensus paper to be submitted to the White House. The paper covered introducing … Continue reading Majewski and Students Present at the National Convocation