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We Do STEM Competitions

NOVA SySTEMic has built a solid reputation in Northern Virginia for supporting, organizing and hosting stellar robotics competitions, where students and teachers have the platform to develop and refine their STEM talents. Research shows that students who participate in STEM competitions are more likely to pursue a STEM degree. In addition to robotics, we support competitions such as AFA CyberPatriot, the Cool Code Awards, and many Science Fairs, but our primary focus is VEX Robotics.

Why VEX?
We support VEX in Virginia because it is integrated into many of the school divisions through PLTW, Scouts, and TSA, making it an excellent platform to get students started in STEM so that they are prepared beyond our camps and competitions. Students who participate in VEX robotics demonstrate a number of qualities we strive to teach such as teamwork, collaboration, creativity in problem solving, communication, critical thinking skills and time management. It is an all-encompassing gateway to future STEM programs, degrees and careers!

Check out our signature events and ways to support robotics below.

Signature Events

Night at the Museum
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Night at the Museum is a two-day VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) signature event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA in January. Teams qualify for this event by winning the Excellence, Design, or Robot Skills awards or as Tournament Champions in regional competitions. 60 high school teams from around the world will compete for 3 VEX World Championship spots later in the year.

Night at the Museum is a two-day VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) signature event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA in January. Teams qualify for this event by winning the Excellence, Design, or Robot Skills awards or as Tournament Champions in regional competitions. 60 high school teams from around the world will compete for 3 VEX World Championship spots later in the year.

Registration
To register and for more info click here.

Volunteers
To volunteer at NATM click here.

Map of Participants 
View a map of signature events here. 

State Championship
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In March we run the Virginia VEX State Championship (called States), the culminating robotics event in the Commonwealth that celebrates the hard work of students and mentors who have competed to qualify throughout the robotics competition season (November through February). States invites 140 of the best teams to compete for a chance to represent Virginia at the VEX World Championship in April. This is a great opportunity to reach students who are passionate about STEM! There are two VEX platforms at States19, VIQC (plastic-based robots, elementary & middle school divisions) and VRC (metal-based robots, middle and high school divisions).

Registration
VIQC Elementary
VIQC Middle School 
VRC Middle School 
VRC High School 

Volunteers
To volunteer at States19 click here.

Photo Gallery
Click here for photos from States18 and States17.
Password to view gallery is vex479.

Supporting Robots and the Community
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Volunteers are a key component to the success of our program because they help make events safe and enjoyable for all participants. We need industry professionals and college students in many capacities to influence and act as role models, particularly as competition judges and referees. Competitions are also a great networking opportunity to engage students who are pursuing engineering and computer science.

To volunteer at Night at the Museum, click here.

To volunteer at States19, click here.

Questions?
For questions about volunteer opportunities contact Ryan Osweiler at 703. 895.0933 or rosweiler@nvcc.edu

Volunteer 1-page Brochure PDF.

Sponsoring
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Through financial sponsorship, you make it possible for us to support the 500+ VEX teams in Virginia. Your support keeps our event partner and volunteer training free to all, reduces entry fees for signature events, stocks 3 competition trailers for use throughout the region and supports community teams that don’t have a local school or organization to host them. Companies often provide prizes with tournament awards and giveaways for each participant such as flash drives or powerpacks.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Night at the Museum:
10K Signature Champion
5K Competition Advocate
2.5K Skills Developer
1K Giveaway Provider

State Championship:
10K Presenting Sponsor
5K Skills Challenge Sponsor
2K Field Sponsor
1K Lunch Sponsor
$500 Breakfast Sponsor

Trailer Sponsor:
5K Regional Sponsor
2.5K Tournament Sponsor
1K Training Sponsor

Community Teams:
2K Gold Sponsor
1K Silver Sponsor
$500 Bronze Sponsor

Sponsor 1-page Brochure PDF.

Interested in Sponsoring?
Please contact Josh Labrie at 703.530.2829 or jlabrie@nvcc.edu

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