Rocket-powered car races, robots, mathematical mysteries, interactive stations for chemistry, biology, geology, environmental science, and more awaited kids and their parents at Annandale’s Mathematics, Sciences, Technologies, and Business Division Night of Science. Children and their parents, totaling 175 participants, were treated to demonstrations of an Anatomage table, electron microscope and a many other interactive and engaging activity stations allowing them to let their curiosity run wild!
This K-12 community event has grown tremendously over time. More than 50 faculty, staff, and students representing all STEM disciplines and Sustainability Officer Rob Johnson took part in the event this year. The program began as a way to engage the greater Northern Virginia K-12 community in STEM. The participants attend public and private schools and some are homeschooled. A survey conducted after the event found that it helped give people a positive view of NOVA, they would attend future events, and recommend the event to their friends.
Participants found the experimental stations engaging. According to one person who filled out the survey, “Fantastic event. A+. The teachers and students were amazing and we learned so much. My kids are telling everyone about it. It has increased their interest in science, NOVA, and college in general. I can’t thank you enough for hosting this for all of us!”