Black History Month at NOVA features an Engineer

Dionne Henry is the Program Chief Engineer for Operational Commercial Engines for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines and will host “Making The Table Bigger: Minority Success in a Majority World” on Thursday, February 13th. It will be a moderated “fireside chat” with Dionne talking about her experience as the first African American woman to hold the position of Chief Engineer at this company, how she got where she is and how to refine your professional experiences for success.

When & Where
Thursday, February 13th
NOVA Manassas Campus
Colgan Theater
10950 Campus Drive
Manassas, VA 20109
12pm – 2pm

Questions? Please contact Marcie Schreibman at

Community College Innovation Challenge

Calling All Community College Student Innovators – Do you know a student with an entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in STEM?

For the fifth year, AACC in partnership with the National Science Foundation, is inviting community college students to participate in the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

The CCIC is a prestigious competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator team mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems; earn travel support to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, DC; and compete for cash awards.

The Boot Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities and coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills—and includes a student poster session on Capitol Hill, and a formal pitch presentation at the Boot Camp in front of a panel of industry professionals, to determine the first and second place winning teams.

Diverse and interdisciplinary teams that include students in STEM, business, humanities, and other fields are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE: Submissions are due by March 31, 2020.

What can you do?  
JOIN: Assemble a student team and become a faculty or administrator mentor.
SHARE: Help us spread the word and join the conversation online! Share this click-to-tweet.
APPLY: Encourage students to learn more or apply at

For questions, email

Need Judges for PW-Manassas Science/Engineering Fair – March 7

The Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) Office of Student Learning cordially invites you to judge student research projects at the upcoming 2020 Prince William-Manassas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The Middle (Grades 6-8) and Senior (Grades 9-12) Division fairs will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Kelly Leadership Center located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, Virginia.

As in the prior years, judges will participate in a short training session the morning of the fair, and will be provided with a complimentary breakfast and a hot lunch, an appreciation gift – a bluetooth wireless speaker (see below), and a certificate of participation toward Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits or Professional Development (PD) points.

We greatly appreciate your willingness to share your time and expertise with our students by judging their projects and providing feedback for their future research.

If you are interested and available, please register at will receive a confirmation email and specific details about the event and your role in January.

In addition, please consider sharing the information about this event with other potential judges.

Please contact the Office of Science and Family Life Education at 703.791.7240 with any questions you may have regarding the fair or registration. We are looking forward to working with you again this year!

Scholarships for DCO Students

Two fantastic scholarship opportunities for Northern Virginia Community College students enrolled in the Data Center Operations Technology program. Students will be able to apply through Feb 14th.

Potomac AFCOM Datacenter Scholarship

The Potomac Chapter of AFCOM (Association For Computer Operations Management) has established scholarships for NOVA students enrolled in the Engineering Technology: Data Center Operations Specialization, A.A.S. Program.  Two scholarships of $2,000 each are being offered to cover tuition and associated fees. Additional eligibility criteria include: financial need, academic standing, and have Manassas or Loudoun listed as a primary campus. In addition to completing the general application, students will need to answer the following prompt: Why do you want to work In the Datacenter Business?”

CoreSite Datacenter Scholarships

Our friends at CoreSite and their partners have established a fund to support 15 – $1,000 scholarships for students enrolled in NOVA’s DCO Program.  The scholarship may be used for tuition and books.  Additional eligibility criteria includes:  financial need and academic standing.  The scholarship is open to both full- and part-time students who are enrolled in the Data Center Operations Specialization on the Loudoun and Manassas Campuses.

To apply, visit NOVA’s Scholarship site

Filing deadline is February 14, 2020

STEM Camp 2020 Registration

>> Register at (goes live Wednesday Jan 29 at 10am)

At NOVA SySTEMic, we have the most exciting and educational summer STEM camps in Northern Virginia! Led by STEM teachers and college students enrolled in STEM programs, our STEM Camp program introduces Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to thousands of grade-school students.

This summer we offer the following camps:

  • Coding Elementary School (rising 3rdto 5thgrade)
  • STEM ES (rising 4thto 5thgrade)
  • STEM MS (rising 6thto 8thgrade)
  • STEM HS (rising 9thto 12thgrade)
  • VEX IQ Robotics (rising 4thto 8thgrade)
  • VEX 1 Robotics (rising 6thto 10thgrade)
  • VEX 2 Robotics (rising 7thto 10thgrade)
  • Arduino (rising 7thto 10thgrade)
  • Rocketry (rising 7thto 12thgrade)
  • Cybersecurity 1 (rising 9thto 12thgrade)
  • Cybersecurity Basic & Advanced (rising 9thto 12thgrade)

>> Full summer camp descriptions are on our website STEM Camp Page <<

Camps are focused on hands-on, project-based learning that provides students with excellent opportunities to begin exploring STEM fields and to chart a course for future STEM education and workforce opportunities.


  • One-week camps are only $315.
  • Camps are offered at many of our NOVA Campuses, at schools in Alexandria and Falls Church City and the counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William.
  • Camps run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Before and After Care available 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • $30 per week for Before Care, $40 per week for After Care, $70 per week for both.
  • Discounts: Multi-Child ($50), Multi-Camp (10%), NOVA/Micron/Verizon Employees ($25).

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