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NOVA SySTEMic Coordinator Nominated for Gov Award

Tiffanie Rosier, our Woodbridge STEM Coordinator, has been nominated for a 2020 Governor’s Honor Award for Personal and Professional Excellence. Tiffanie specializes in STEM Career Exploration, and has been particularly adept at transitioning STEM Career events into a virtual platform, connecting with both students and the corporate world. Tiffanie has also taken on the role of Remote Student Support (RS3) for NOVA IET.

Summary of Nomination
Ms. Rosier is admired by her NOVA SySTEMic team for her positive outlook, willingness to help, and her commitment to the students at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Ms. Rosier is currently associated with the Perkins Grant Committee and in collaboration with team members to further CTE efforts. Ms. Rosier constantly seeks out and shares opportunities to encourage career development or participate in events to anyone she encounters within the NOVA community.

Significance
The recent restrictions to in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant there was a need to quickly adapt to a “new normal”. Ms. Rosier put her resilience and resourcefulness to good use to make sure this would be accomplished.

Initiative and Creativity
Without the ability to host in-person events, the career focused, Ms. Rosier, focused her energy into seamlessly transitioning into a virtual platform; allowing accessibility to a broader, diverse
audience. Ms. Rosier’s numerous connections in the corporate world has allowed her to provide greater exposure to all NOVA students. Most recently, she partnered with NOVA’s Career Connection team and organizations like Leidos and LinkedIn to make engaging and educational virtual events accessible during a critical time when employment was a concern for many students.

Ms. Rosier also recently stepped in to fill the need within the Information and Engineering Technologies Division as a Remote Student Support (RS3) advisor. Within four months, Ms. Rosier has taken ownership of this new role and is actively involved in guiding new and current students.

Benefit
She continues to coordinate with NOVA faculty and staff to offer professional and personal growth opportunities and has reached over 800 students in the past year. As an RS3 Advisor, Ms.
Rosier, successfully connected with upwards of 300 students and 25 military veterans to provide them advising, guidance in course sections, and completing financial aid requirements. Every individual Ms. Rosier reaches will be more prepared for their educational and career path because of her efforts.

Mission
In line with the mission of Northern Virginia Community College, Ms. Rosier delivers exceptional service to the college as well as the community. Her dedication to career development has proven to inspire students to set goals, challenge themselves, and explore opportunities in Northern Virginia’s competitive workforce.

Quote from Nominee
“I am honored to receive the nomination for the Personal & Professional Excellence Award! I consider myself a lifelong learner and people have always shared information with me about the importance of personal and professional development as early as my college years.  I try to seize any opportunity that I can to learn something new or enhance myself by strengthening myself in other areas.  I am a firm believer in giving and giving back and leave no one behind.  I try to share all that I can with others, in order to support them in thinking about their own personal or professional development needs.”

 

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Surgical Robot Named by STEM Camp Student

Congratulations to Nathan Tang!

We partnered with with OrthoVirginia on a naming campaign for their new MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgical Robot (for the knee) at the Herndon Operatory, the first robot in the commonwealth to be used in an outpatient surgery setting! The surgical staff chose Nathan’s moniker (credit also to Nathan’s friend Micah for input) from a list of submissions from our Virtual Robotics STEM Camps. The winning name: R2-Knee2.

Nathan got to meet R2-Knee2 in real life and learn about using the robot in surgery from Dr. Kevin Sumida, Dr. Johnathan Bernard and the Herndon Operatory staff. Thank you to all NOVA Systemic participants who submitted a name!

Nathan wants to go into Biomedical Engineering in the future, so maybe he’ll design the next wave of surgical robots! For winning the naming comp he received a custom plaque, a NOVA robotics jacket, four tickets to a D.C. United Soccer game and free D.C. United gear! His friend Micah also received swag and prizes.
#WeDoSTEM #FutureSTEMworkforce

About OrthoVirginia

With 27 locations around the state that include on-site physical therapy, orthopedic urgent care, and out-patient surgery centers, OrthoVirginia makes it easy for orthopedic patients to excel on the path to recovery, powered by advanced technology and techniques.

“R2-Knee2” performs total and partial knee replacement surgery. Click here for a video that highlights the robot’s capabilities.

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Live-streaming of States 2019

Welcome to the live streaming of States19. Please use the links below to navigate to each livestream event for each division (HS VRC, MS VRC and VIQ). Each division will feature qualification matches (and elimination matches including round of 16 and quarter finals for VRC).

All the finals as well as the opening and award ceremonies will be livestreamed in a separate channel.


Friday March 1
12:00pm – 12:30pm Opening Ceremony
4:25pm – 5:15pm Finals and Award Ceremony (VIQ ES only)

Saturday March 2
9:00am – 9:40am Award Ceremony and VIQ MS Welcome
4:15pm – 5:00pm Finals (VIQ MS, VRC MS, and VRC HS)
5:15pm – 6:15pm Award Ceremony (VIQ MS, VRC MS, and VRC HS)


livestream.novastem.us/States19/ESVIQ

Friday March 1
12:00pm – 12:30pm Opening Ceremony
1:00pm – 4:10pm Qualification Matches
4:25pm – 5:15pm Finals and Award Ceremony


livestream.novastem.us/States19/MSVIQ

Saturday March 2
9:00am – 9:40am Award Ceremony and VIQ MS Welcome
11:30am – 12:15pm Qualification Matches
1:00pm – 3:30pm Qualification Matches
4:15pm – 5:00pm Finals (VIQ MS, VRC MS, and VRC HS)
5:15pm – 6:15pm Award Ceremony (VIQ MS, VRC MS, and VRC HS)


Friday March 1
12:00pm – 12:30pm Opening Ceremony
2:00pm – 4:20pm Qualification Matches
5:15pm – 6:15pm Qualification Matches

Saturday March 2
9:00am – 9:40am Award Ceremony and VIQ MS Welcome
10:00am – 12:00pm Qualification Matches
12:45pm – 2:00pm Qualification Matches
3:15pm – 4:00pm Elimination Matches (Round of 16 and Quarterfinals)
4:15pm – 5:00pm Finals (VIQ MS, VRC MS, and VRC HS)
5:15pm – 6:15pm Award Ceremony (VIQ MS, VRC MS, and VRC HS)


Friday March 1
12:00pm – 12:30pm Opening Ceremony
2:00pm – 4:20pm Qualification Matches
5:15pm – 6:15pm Qualification Matches

Saturday March 2
9:00am – 9:40am Award Ceremony and VIQ MS Welcome
10:00am – 12:00pm Qualification Matches
12:45pm – 2:00pm Qualification Matches
3:15pm – 4:00pm Elimination Matches (Round of 16 and Quarterfinals)
4:15pm – 5:00pm Finals (VIQ MS, VRC MS, and VRC HS)
5:15pm – 6:15pm Award Ceremony (VIQ MS, VRC MS, and VRC HS)

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Fall Newsletter

Get engaged. Have fun. Get ahead. Check out our exciting fall STEM programs!

Sign Up For Fall STEMinars!

STEMinars are short workshops on STEM topics for elementary through adult learners. The first series of STEMinars are for our younger STEM students to explore STEM through an iPAD and LEGO EV3 or OSMO kits. We have multiple STEMinars coming up, including two sessions with PWC Libraries:
• 11/5 – Chinn Park Library EV3 at 2:00 pm.
• 11/8 – Bull Run Library OSMO at 4:30 pm.
Starting 2 weeks prior to the event you can sign up at
http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/events.aspx

We also have STEMinars on creating laser engraved projects that are coming to the Alexandria, Loudoun and Manassas campuses this fall. Join one of our 3 hour workshops to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and a Laser Cutter/Engraver.

October: Laser Engraving with Heat Transfer Film. Learn how to put your name on the back of a shirt, create a custom logo or customize a kitchen towel.
10/16 – NOVA Manassas Battleview Technology Center
10/23 – NOVA Alexandria
10/30 – NOVA Loudoun

 

November: Laser Engraving with Acrylic. This Thanksgiving create your own custom engraved place settings, a personalized keychain or ornament.
11/10 – NOVA Manassas Battleview Technology Center
11/13 – NOVA Alexandria
11/27 – NOVA Loudoun

 

December: Laser Engraving with Wood or Glass. Create a wood cutout to save the date, make a custom prom invitation or transfer your favorite photo to wood.
12/1 – NOVA Alexandria
12/4 – NOVA Manassas Battleview Technology Center
12/11 – NOVA Loudoun

After taking a STEMinar, join us December 8th for a laser engraving open house at Manassas Battleview.

STEMinar registration is now live: http://steminar.novastem.us/Register


Join us this Fall for STEM EXPOs!

October 6th 10am – 5pm
NOVA SySTEMic is returning to exhibit the STEMzone at Youth for Tomorrow’s Country Fair & Auctions in Bristow, VA. Join us to explore STEM as we showcase maker projects, drive robots and more!
More info at http://www.youthfortomorrow.org/country-fair-and-auctions
Volunteer at the STEMzone: volunteer.novastem.us/STEMZone

October 13th 9am – 1pm, Check out the Global STEM Community Event at Edison High School: https://www.fcps.edu/event/global-stem-community-event

October 20th 10am – 4pm
NOVA STEM Day at the Loudoun Campus is for EVERYONE! From kindergarten to high school and beyond, we have fun and educational workshops and exhibits for the whole family. With more activities than you can count, we’re about DOING. Come ready to participate!

This event is open to the public and includes a variety of physical and hands-on activities. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for providing appropriate supervision.

More info at https://www.novastemday.com/about-loudoun


VEX Robotics Volunteer Training for Referees and Judges

Saturday Nov 3 is Event Partner and Volunteer training for head referees, field referees, head judges and key volunteers at VEX competitions including the State Championship on March 1-2, 2019. Register at http://workshop.novastem.us/EPVtraining


Check out our new Information and Engineering Technology Programs at NOVA

In collaboration with technology leaders throughout the region, NOVA has developed three new strategic programs to address key areas of significant need within the Northern Virginia technology workforce. These programs are aligned to the needs of industry, infused with opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials, and they are targeted at high growth areas that show significant job demand within the Northern Virginia region.

Contact Paula Ford, Interim Dean of the IET Division, paula.ford@nvcc.edu for program details.

Cloud Computing: Program of Study
Data Center Operations: Program of Study
A.A.S Engineering Technology: Program of Study

News: Micron recently announced a $3 billion dollar investment and 1,100 new jobs for Engineers and Technicians to expand their Manassas facility. This renewed degree from NOVA is a great opportunity to fill these future jobs.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as additional opportunities are announced throughout the year.

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NOVA SySTEMic Interim Director named IET Provost

Congratulations to Dr. Chad Knights! Check out the NOVA Insider article about his appointment to Provost of information and engineering technologies at NOVA.

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Invaluable Partnerships make Cyber Camps Possible

Version 2We’re all about partnerships. Over the past 6 years we have developed and operated programs, competitions, camps, and curriculum that have only been possible through the aid of partnerships in our local community. Our efforts to enhance and expand STEM in Northern Virginia have resulted in lasting collaborations with industry, government and school divisions.

That’s the bird’s eye view, at least. We’re also about inspiring and equipping students on an individual basis, and so are our partners. That’s why we place such a strong emphasis on STEM camps, which are one of the most effective gateways for students in STEM.

Last month, at West Potomac High School, NOVA SySTEMic Solutions had the privilege to16-259-17 recognize AT&T, 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 members of the future STEM workforce.

The focus of the guest speakers was on the cyber security needs for our region, highlighting the vital need for programming and cyber personnel in the workforce and for national defense. AT&T led the way with a $10,000 contribution to enable hands-on robotics (with a programming focus) and cyber security camps for 9th through 12th graders from July 18-29.

DSC_0681 (1)LaTara Harris, Regional Director of External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T, addressed camp students with encouragement about their future: “Leverage the gifts that you have and consider a career in STEM. It’s an absolute priority for our company. We’ve invested over 350 million dollars in ensuring that more students are exposed to the STEM fields. The jobs in cyber security are beyond vast by the time you get out.”

On the government side, Lt. Colonel Christopher Tomlinson from nearby Ft. Belvoir illustrated the numerous cyber security opportunities available in the military and why it’s16-259-23 important: “Cyber is becoming its own domain, its own environment. We’re going to take a whole host of individuals and turn them into cyber professionals operating in that domain, going after threats to networks and information. We’re going to do that in collaboration with educators and industry. That creates power and synergy and you guys are the focus for that.”

DSC_0672The cyber security camp specifically provided students with hands-on experience in networking and computer security, cyber ethics and defense strategies through hands-on activities. Through the visit of these accomplished professionals students had a great introduction to career opportunities through a different type of networking by gaining contacts for possible future employment and internships. After the presentation all the guest speakers stayed to speak with students one on one.

If a career is not yet on the radar for these young minds, NOVA provides a bridge to the professional world. NOVA has a strong cyber security presence, and SySTEMic Solutions acting director Chad Knights was ebullient about what that means for students considering a future in STEM: “NOVA is a leader in cybersecurity education. We offer an16-259-28 A.A.S. in cybersecurity that will ensure you receive training in the hard skills needed to become employable in the field. Even if you are planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree NOVA is a great place to start. NOVA’s A.A.S. in cybersecurity transfers in full to five institutions including George Washington, Marymount and George Mason. As you plan for your future NOVA is an outstanding local resource available to you. We are dedicated to your success and are here to help you achieve your dreams.”

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Read about our Loudoun STEM Day Success!

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SySTEMic Solutions wins award!

Public Sector Innovator of the Year Press Release

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