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Media opportunity June 22 STEM academy at NOVA-Manassas

This week 16 students from Centreville, Herndon, Osbourn Park, Patriot, Potomac and other area high schools are participating in a summer STEM academy at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The students are unraveling a forensics mystery by conducting various STEM experiments in a college setting.

On Wednesday, June 22, the students will do DNA analysis and polygraph in the morning, and “interrogate suspects” in the afternoon.

The activities will take place in different locations around the Manassas Campus.  Contact academy director Ia Gomez at 571-264-2742 to make arrangements to visit.

The summer STEM academy will be repeated at NOVA’s Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun and Woodbridge campuses during the week of June 27.

The $30 registration fee covers all activities and lunch each day, and the students are eligible to apply for two $500 scholarships to enroll in a college science course during NOVA’s spring 2017 semester. The STEM academy is sponsored by NOVA’s College-wide STEM Initiative and funded by a Perkins grant.

Media Contact: Carlene Mackereth | 703.257.6658 | cmackereth@nvcc.edu

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.