Every October Youth for Tomorrow hosts the Country Fair & Auctions in Bristow, Va., engaging roughly 15,000-20,000 people from the surrounding community. NOVA SySTEMic, NOVA’s STEM outreach program, was asked to participate again this year with their popular expo, the STEMZone, 90 feet by 90 feet tent featuring hands-on STEM activities sponsored by Micron.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are a vital part of the Northern Virginia economy. One of the challenges of preparing for the future technology-workforce needs of our region is engaging and inspiring kids early in STEM. This is what NOVA SySTEMic does in many of its programs including organizing and running the STEMZone.
STEMZone returned for the fourth time to the fair. Hands-on activities included Robotics (VEX Summer Camp Challenge and VEX IQ Level Up game), Coding using Osmo blocks and Sphero robots, Laser Engraving, building a stoplight with Arduino, a virtual forklift simulator, 3D Printers, Cubelets for beginner robot construction, a Bose Voice-Changer, Stomp Rockets, CAD to design 3D objects, a VEX Conveyor assembly line and a Locktronics trainer to learn electronics.
The STEMZone had heavy traffic all day. Students and parents were given information on NOVA STEM Camps, competitions, Robotics Teams, Expos and STEMinars (STEM workshops for students and adults). If you missed the chance to visit our STEMZone this year we’ll be back at the 2019 Country Fair and auctions in the fall!