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NOVA Robotics Team headed to World Championships

Northern Virginia Community College’s Robotics Team 1 qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship scheduled for April in Anaheim, Calif., by winning a tournament at the College of Southern Maryland on Feb. 7.

Team members are Andrew Bender (of Woodbridge), Justin Dommer (Manassas), Oscar McCollough (Triangle), Nick Reeves (Woodbridge), Matthew Rheinstein (Woodbridge) and Jason Sanchez (Dumfries).

NOVA Robotics is based at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus but open to all NOVA students. Aleksander Marthinussen, regional coordinator for NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions, serves as one of the club’s advisors.

“Our goal is to encourage NOVA students to pursue careers in engineering and computer science, and competitions like this help get students excited about opportunities in those fields,” Marthinussen said. “Our teams welcome students who have robotics experience and those who want to learn more.”

During a recent state championship in Richmond, several team members volunteered as judges and referees.

“Community outreach plays a large part in our club,” Marthinussen said. “Our members regularly volunteer at local schools, competitions and even NOVA events.”

NOVA Robotics is sponsored by AFCEA, Micron and SySTEMic Solutions. For more information, go to www.novaroboticsteam.com or contact Marthinussen at amarthinussen@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.