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Community invited to STEM Fest April 25 at NOVA-Manassas

The community is invited to STEM Fest at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This showcase of cutting-edge technology and hands-on activities is open to anyone who wants to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The free event features numerous activities for all ages, live music, free food and giveaways. Everyone will have a chance to enter a free raffle for an iPad.

Attendees can see the only human plasticized cadaver at a Virginia college, use state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopes and nanotechnology equipment, and explore research labs. NOVA students will demonstrate their skills with robotics, 3-D printers, drones and a flight simulator.

Hands-on activities include experiments with DNA, environmental science, math, chemistry, physics and molecular gastronomy. Lab activities require long pants, closed shoes and covered shoulders (no shorts, sandals or tank tops). Children can participate in DNA face painting, DNA hair twist, and make-your-own DNA jewelry, candy and cookie decorations. 

Representatives from Virginia Tech’s “Bridges for the Baccalaureate” program and George Washington University’s School of Medical and Health Sciences will be available to discuss opportunities at those two institutions, including special transfer options for NOVA graduates.

The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas. To learn more, go to www.novamanassasstemfest.com or contact Ia Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu.

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.