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Summer robotics camps coming to NOVA-Loudoun

April 26, 2013

What

Students from various grade levels are invited to participate in hands-on, robotics camps that focus on science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts.

The camps have been extremely popular in the Prince William County region and SySTEMic Solutions is proud to introduce the FIRST LEGO League and VEX robotics challenges to Loudoun County, Va. SySTEMic Solutions is a Northern Virginia Community College program designed to engage K-12 students and faculty in STEM education and career opportunities.

During the one-week camps, campers will learn scientific principles, how to build robots, how to write computer programs and the engineering design process. The competitive aspect of robotics encourages students to work in teams (campers participating in FIRST LEGO League and VEX robotics during the summer often form their own teams during the school year.)

In addition to STEM education, campers learn to manage their time more efficiently and negotiate on designs and project modifications. Each week of camp is limited to 24 elementary school students and 32 middle and high school students.

When

The FIRST LEGO League for rising fourth and fifth graders will be offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the following weeks:

  • July 8 to July 12 (NOVA Loudoun Campus)
  • July 15 to July 19 (NOVA Loudoun Campus)
  • July 22 to July 26 (Tuscarora High School, Leesburg, Va.)
  • July 29 to Aug. 2 (Tuscarora High School, Leesburg, Va.)

The VEX robotics camp for rising sixth through twelfth graders will be offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the following weeks:

  • July 8 to July 12 (NOVA Loudoun Campus)
  • July 15 to July 19 (NOVA Loudoun Campus)
  • July 22 to July 26 (Tuscarora High School, Leesburg, Va.)
  • July 29 to Aug. 2 (Tuscarora High School, Leesburg, Va.)

Where

The Loudoun Campus robotics camps will be held in NOVA’s classrooms in the Signal Hill Office. This facility is located at 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling, VA 20164. Camps will be held on the third floor in rooms 325, 326, 335 and 338.

Tuscarora High School is located at 801 N. King Street, Leesburg, VA 20176. Camps will be held in the technology education wing of the school.

Cost

Each one-week session costs $250. Campers will need to bring a lunch Monday through Thursday; pizza will be provided on Fridays. The Loudoun Education Foundation will be providing need-based scholarships for campers. Applications are due June 17, 2013.

Contact

For more information on the camps, applications and scholarships, contact STEM Education Coordinator Tosin Adetoro at tadetoro@nvcc.edu or by calling 703-948-7680. Registration is available online at http://www.nvcc.edu/systemic.

Media Contact:
Corey Byers
703.425.5847

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