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NOVA STEM DAY on Sat April 27!

NOVA STEM Day at the Manassas Campus – Saturday April 27

It’s so fun, you forget you’re learning!

NOVA STEM Day is a showcase of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math at the Manassas campus, featuring exciting exhibits, awesome hands-on activities, wonderful workshops, and lively learning opportunities for inquisitive students of all ages.

Our activities are taught by NOVA faculty and community educators (with college and high school students on hand to help out) and you can fill out a STEM passport for a chance to win the grand prize (a birthday party for up to 20 people playing Laser Tag at LaserQuest!).

NOVA STEM Day is free and food trucks are available. See you there!

When:
Saturday April 27, 2019 | 10am to 4pm

Where:
NOVA Manassas Campus
6901 Sudley Drive
Manassas 20109

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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 Loudoun Campus STEM Events

NOVA STEM Day – Sept 30. Register now!

Our 4th NOVA STEM Day is coming up on Saturday Sept 30th at the NOVA Loudoun Campus!

STEM day provides a showcase of opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Designed for students of all ages, the NOVA STEM day features hands-on exhibits, workshops, food, fun, and learning! The event is FREE, open to the public and runs from 10am to 4pm. 

See the event website for registration, FAQ’s, and photos from past STEM Day events!

As always, we have numerous sponsorship opportunities and we need your help! For sponsorship information please contact Liz Coffey at ecoffey@nvcc.edu or call (540) 305-7758

NOVA STEM Day Location:
Northern Virginia Community College – Loudoun Campus
21200 Campus Drive
Sterling, VA 20164

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STEMinars – May 13 – Register Now

Our STEMinars are back!

STEMinars are engaging STEM workshops for High School and College Students.

Sign up for CAD/3D Printing and/or Coding STEMinars that will be held at the NOVA Loudoun Campus (Templin Higher Education Center) on Saturday May 13th. You can register here for one or both STEMinars.

STEMinars are $25 each. You can sign up for both for only $40, plus a free lunch. You will receive a completion certificate at the end of the session.

Click here for a one-page flyer for this event.

The CAD/3D Printing STEMinar (9am – 12pm) will focus on the following:

  • Students will be introduced to Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Students will start with a basic CAD file and modify it to be personalized
  • Students will be able to print a basic prototype or 3D model

The Coding STEMinar (1pm – 4pm) will introduce students how to utilize an Arduino Uno:

  • Students will learn how to use an Arduino to complete a project.
  • Basic electronics and circuitry will be introduced.
  • Coding or creating sketches will be introduced.

NOVA Loudoun Campus address:
21200 Campus Drive
Temple Higher Education Center
Sterling, VA 20164

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STEM Expos a hit!

Expos are a great way to showcase STEM. Hands-on activities (rather than simply exhibits) have a way of drawing young people in and that was certainly the case for SySTEMic Solutions last month when we held two Expos on the same day: our STEMZone at the Youth For Tomorrow Country Fair and the Loudoun STEM Day, held at the NOVA Loudoun Campus on Oct 1.

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Every fall for the last 30 years The Youth For Tomorrow Country Fair in Bristow has been northern Virginia’s most affordable family fun festival. It serves as a fundraiser for at-risk and underrepresented youth and families who need counseling. It is a vibrant community partnership and we were thrilled to have our STEMzone be part of it.

Our STEMZone was designed to get kids and their parents involved in our hands-on STEM activities and introduce them to programs that can ignite a lasting interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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How did we do this? Well, under three 20×40 tents and seven 10×10 tents we set up separate stations with multiple activities under each banner of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Every student coming to the STEMZone received a passport with the letters of ‘STEM’ highlighted with an empty space beneath. Once they completed designated hands-on activities they would receive a sticker from a volunteer and place it under the corresponding STEM letter. Once they got all 4 they turned in their passport for a prize and also went into the drawing for one of the grand prizes, a brand new VEX robot or a Dronium III AP Protocol Drone!

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There were multiple engaging STEM activities. Children could play robot basketball, design an object in CAD, watch 3D printers print out T-Rex skulls, Millenium Falcons, and nuts and bolts. They could build and launch stomp rockets as well as snuffing out a simulated cyber-threat on a laptop at the cybersecurity station. They could try a drone simulator and better yet, go over to our indoor Drone Zone and fly a drone through an obstacle course.

As we’ve experienced with any of our hands-on activities, the interest was high and the participation non-stop for all age groups. About 1200 people came through our STEMZone and we received about 200 completed passports from students who actively took part in 4 or more STEM activities.

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Our goal is for many of these students to be transformed from a preliminary STEM engagement to pursuing STEM education and beyond. We are able to follow up with registered participants to inform them about Robotics Competitions, STEM Camps, STEMinars and other NOVA opportunities that will aid them onto a pathway that hopefully leads to a STEM career.


Loudoun STEM Day – NOVA Loudoun Campus

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At NOVA’s second annual STEM day, excited families came flooding in (along with the rain) at 10:00am and the flow of traffic continued throughout the afternoon.

NOVA faculty & staff, Liberty Elementary (LCPS) faculty, NOVA student volunteers, and over 20 exhibitors from STEM-related businesses, non-profits, and LCPS student clubs were on hand to provide an exciting and informative experience for students and parents alike.

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Platinum sponsor AOL demonstrated virtual reality technologies and had a never-ending line of attendees wanting to try it out. Our own Robotics-Land attracted people of all ages to the robotics fields and also our 3D printing display. Robotics for Kids, Federation of Galaxy Explorers, and Belmont Ridge Middle School Robotics showed off their signature creations.

Our partners at Liberty Elementary School brought along their coolest gadgets and facilitated activities featuring Ozobots, Spheros, coding, and a maker space. Our interactive Pokemon GO! treasure hunts, facilitated by NOVA’s Geographic Information Systems program, had hundreds of Poke’ players exploring campus for new finds!

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In the Science Building, visitors were amazed by chemistry experiments, piranha plants in Horticulture, and several biology demonstrations. Throughout the campus there were challenges and exhibits ranging from Exploring Mars and Coding 101 to The Science of Music, Drones Take Flight and dozens more! Diverse activities for a diverse audience!

Julie Leidig, Provost at NOVA Loudoun, was enthusiastic about the effect of the Expo, saying “The Loudoun County STEM Day is designed to capitalize on the natural enthusiasm so many kids have for science and technology before they begin to have the thought that STEM fields are not for them.  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 16-347-004and 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 1600 people attended Loudoun STEM Day and 330 STEM passports were submitted, allowing us to follow up with students for further STEM camp, courses, and competition opportunities in the near future!

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Take our STEMinars! Nov 5 & 19

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If you are a high school or college student our STEMinars will help you chart a pathway to earning a STEM certificate or degree. In each hands-on STEMinar session you will use industry tools and applications to increase your skills in three of the fastest growing career fields in the region.

Our CAD/3D Printing, Coding and Cybersecurity STEMinars will equip you with skills and valuable insights into the education and credentials you need to be successful in the technology workforce! STEMinars will commence on Nov 5 & Nov 19 on three NOVA Campuses. Check the session dates and times below, choose a STEMinar to engage in and register here. $25 per session.

CAD/3D PRINTING
Sat Nov 5
NOVA Annandale Campus
Ernst Community Cultural Center
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Sat Nov 19
NOVA Woodbridge Campus
Regional Center for Workforce Education & Training
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

⇒ Register Here

CODING
Sat Nov 5
NOVA Woodbridge Campus
Regional Center for Workforce Education & Training
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Sat Nov 19
NOVA Loudoun Campus
Templin Higher Education Center
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

⇒ Register Here

CYBERSECURITY
Nov 5
NOVA Loudoun Campus
Templin Higher Education Center
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Nov 19
NOVA Annandale Campus
Ernst Community Cultural Center
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

⇒ Register Here

Click here for STEMinars Flyer

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Visit the STEM Zone at the YFT Country Fair & Auctions! Oct 1

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Looking for something to do with your kids that’s inspiring, fun and educational? We’ll be hosting the STEM Zone at the Youth For Tomorrow Country Fair & Auction in Bristow on Saturday October 1st. Don’t miss it! We’ll offer exciting games & activities that involve drones, robots, cybersecurity, programming, 3D printers, stomp rockets and more!

In addition we’ll have STEM Passports available for students who engage in all the fun! Complete one activity from each STEM category below, get a sticker for each one then enter your passport for a chance to win the grand prize!

STEM Zone activities.
Science
Fly a drone at the ‘DroneZone’
Build and launch a Stomp Rocket
Complete a ChemClub Chemistry experiment
Technology
Complete the FBI Cyber Activity
Design and print an object on our 3D Printer
Engineering
Drive robots and score baskets on our VRC basketball field
Complete a robotics activity at the ‘Explorer Post’ tent
Math
Program an autonomous VEX IQ robot
Program and play Simon Says on a VEX IQ brain
Play ‘Flappy Bird’, a coding game

Location:
Youth For Tomorrow Campus
11835 Hazel Circle Drive
Bristol, VA 20136
10am to 5pm

For more info visit the YFT Country Fair & Auction Website
1P STEM Zone Flyer available here

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Come to Loudoun STEM Day on Oct 1

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Don’t miss our second annual Loudoun STEM Day at NOVA! If you love STEM then you’ll love our free showcase of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities for students of all ages. Featuring hands-on exhibits, workshops, food, fun and learning.

This event is a collaborative effort between Northern Virginia Community College, SySTEMic Solutions, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and Loudoun County Public Schools. The event is FREE and open to the public. For a list of STEM Day topics and workshops, see the Loudoun County STEM Day Website.

When:
Saturday October 1st, 10am-4pm

Where:
Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus
Robert G. Templin, Jr. Higher Education Ctr.
21200 Campus Drive, Sterling, VA 20164

Click here for a STEM Day Flyer

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Volunteers Needed April 15-17! USA Sci/Eng Festival

For our booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival this Friday-Sunday April 15-17. We need a few volunteers to help with our activities (simple machines and robotics). Email systemic@nvcc.edu to volunteer for a 2 hour shift – we’ll pay for parking and lunch will be provided. See you there! More info about the EXPO here.