STEMZone at YFT Country Fair Oct 5

NOVA SySTEMic is returning to Youth for Tomorrow’s Country Fair & Auctions in Bristow to exhibit the STEMzone!

What is the STEMZone?
The STEMZone is NOVA SySTEMic’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Expo at Youth for Tomorrow’s Country Fair & Auctions. The STEMZone includes exciting hands-on activities such as maker spaces, robotics, cybersecurity, coding, 3D printers, laser cutters, stomp rockets and more!

When and Where?
Saturday October 5th 10am – 5pm
Country Fair & Auctions
Youth for Tomorrow Campus
11835 Hazel Circle Drive
Bristow, VA 20136

We Need Volunteers:
Volunteers will help run various STEM stations in our 60×90 STEMZone tent. We will train you on-site to aid and guide Elementary and Middle School students who will be participating in STEMZone hands-on activities. Besides having a great time education and inspiring students, you’ll also receive a free lunch and T-shirt.
Volunteer Shift 1: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Volunteer Shift 2: 1:30pm to 6:00pm
80 slots available/40 per shift
Sign up at

Hands-On Activities at the STEMZone

OSMO – Coding with iPad (ages 5+)
Use an iPad and the OSMO kit to learn coding. The kit uses physical representation of coding to help Awbie navigate in a self-paced app.

Sphero – Coding with iPad (ages 8+)
Use an iPad and the SPRK+ sphere robot to learn coding. The kit uses an app to drive or code the robot to navigate a maze.

Arduino – Build a stoplight (ages 10+)
The activity consist of assembling an electronic circuit around the Arduino to make a functioning stoplight.

Stomp Rockets – Build and launch a paper rocket (ages 3+)
Use paper to build a rocket with fins and nosecone. Stomp the launcher and see your rocket take flight.

Cubelets – Modular robotics (ages 4+)
Construct robots by snapping the robot blocks together to create unique robots. No coding or wiring required.

Hands-On Demos at the STEMZone

VEX Maze challenge – Drive a VEX clawbot through a maze (ages 7+)
Drive a VEX metal robot through a maze and flip caps and place balls on the field. Park the robot on a platform at the end.

VEX IQ Level Up – Play the VEX IQ challenge game (any ages)
Drive a plastic robot on a field moving and stacking hubs and try to make the robot hang from a horizontal bar.

 Laser Engraver – Get your own keychain made (all ages) 
The laser engraver will engrave and cut a keychain for you on the spot.

CAD – Test out making 3D designs (ages 6+)
Use Tinkercad or Autodesk Inventor to design 3D objects by grouping together shapes to create an object.

3D Printing – Print 3D objects (any ages)
Demos of multiple 3D printers and how a 3D object gets printed.

Arduino – Project display (any ages)
See multiple starter and advanced projects made up by using an Arduino.

VEX Conveyor – See how assembly line works (any ages)
See a small scale mockup of an assembly line and learn how it works.

Locktronics – Electronics trainer (ages 6+)
Learn electronics in a safe and fun way!

Virtual Simulator – Forklift (any ages)
Learn how to operate a forklift using a virtual reality simulator.

More info about the Country Fair & Auctions at:
Admission to Country Fair: $10. Kids 3 and under are free

Scholarship for DCO Students!

Are you a NOVA student in the new Data Center Operations A.A.S program? You could win a $2000 scholarship just for answering the question “Why do you want to work In the Datacenter Business?” The Potomac Chapter of AFCOM (Association For Computer Operations Management) has a scholarship agreement with the NOVA Foundation so that students enrolled in the Engineering Technology: Data Center Operations Specialization, A.A.S. Program will be eligible to apply.

Three scholarships of $2,000 each are being offered to cover tuition and associated fees. Additional eligibility criteria include: financial need, academic standing, and having Manassas or Loudoun listed as your primary campus.

Interested in applying or know someone who is? Click here to complete the general application at the Financial Aid Scholarship Portal.

Application deadline to apply is Oct 11th.

NOVA Career Day Data Center Tour 10-4

NOVA Career Day and Data Center Tour
Digital Realty
October 4th, 2019

Digital Realty is providing a unique and valuable experience to NOVA students to get a behind the scenes tour of its Loudoun Data Center and spend time with industry professionals to learn more about career options available in this growing industry.  With a footprint in northern Virginia and 200+ properties in 33+ metropolitan areas covering 30+ million rentable square feet, Digital Realty is the leading Global Data Center Real Estate Investment Trust with 2500+ customers globally.

Students must register by September 9 (no late registrations will be accepted).

REGISTRATION – Students must register in Career Connection at for either:

Digital Realty: Career Day and Data Center Tour (WITH BUS TRANSPORTATION)
Space on the bus is limited to 30 so you must RSVP is you want a seat


Digital Realty: Career Day and Data Center Tour (NO TRANSPORTATION)
Students arrive at 9:30am using their own transportation

In Career Connection, look for the Digital Realty events under Programs and Workshops.  Provide your full name as in appears on your government issued photo ID by September 9. All participants will need to present a government issued photo ID that matches their name on the registration list to enter the secure data facility.

Northern Virginia Community College Bus Transportation– space is limited
Address: NOVA Loudoun Campus, 21200 Campus Dr., Sterling, VA 20164
(location details will be provided to those registered for the bus)

Digital Realty Career Day & Data Center Tour Location – students arrive on their own
Address: Digital Realty – Building G, 43940 Digital Loudoun Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147


8:30 Bus arrives at NOVA Community College
9:00 Bus departs NOVA Community College for Digital Realty Loudoun I/II campus
9:30 Bus arrives at Digital Realty @ Building G
9:30-9:50 Security, check-in, name badges
09:50-10:00 Brief Welcome and outline rules for the tour
10:00-10:40 Data Center Tour
10:40-11:40 Career Discussion; panel of speakers from Digital Realty
11:40-11:55 Student Q&A with panel of speakers from Digital Realty
11:55-12:00 Hand out Digital Realty SWAG
12:00-12:50 Lunch; hosted by Digital Realty
1:00 Bus departs for return to NOVA Community College
1:30 Bus arrives back at NOVA Community College

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