Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus will host its Third annual STEM Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.
This year, more than 220 students have entered 96 projects in three different categories of science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – fields and more than 35 faculty and staff are engaged in mentoring students and have volunteered for the event to help organize or to judge the projects. The gallery walk and judging for the STEM Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the announcement of awards scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Last year’s STEM Fair included judges and visitors from several local STEM-related companies and academic institutions. This year, organizers have reached out to the community including local high schools and George Mason University. Dr. Ritu Kansal, organizer and associate professor of chemistry, said they hope to continue to collaborate with George Mason and local high schools for the STEM Fair in an effort to align the event with NOVA’s Pathways program and initiatives.
“Our purpose for inviting local STEM-related businesses and scientific organizations to the STEM Fair is to showcase the work and research of our students and to encourage these guests to interact with the student in order to share what local STEM related businesses do,” Kansal said. “When I started the STEM Fair in 2015, the vision was to provide a forum for the students to share their enthusiasm, knowledge and work on STEM-related topics.”
Over the past three years, the STEM Fair has evolved into an event for learning, outreach, networking and creating opportunities for internships and mentorships. Kansal credits the success of the event to the support and hard work of the Math, Science and Engineering Division, Student Life and NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions. For additional information about this year’s STEM Fair, visit the website here.
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