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STEM Expos

We Do STEM Expos

We coordinate on-campus NOVA STEM Days, engage with local STEM events at libraries and schools, participate in Maker Faires, and bring STEM to large community events and educational conferences such as Celebrate Fairfax, Youth For Tomorrow's Country Fair & Auctions, and the USA Science & Engineering Festival.


NOVA STEM Day is a showcase of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math on designated NOVA campuses throughout the year. Featuring excellent exhibits, awesome hands-on activities and wonderful workshops, NOVA STEM Days are lively learning opportunities for students of all ages. Each year NOVA STEM Days attract between 2500 and 3000 people to a NOVA campus.

Our activities are taught by NOVA faculty and community educators (with college and high school students on hand to help out). Students can complete a STEM passport by engaging in specific activities for a chance to win grand prizes. NOVA STEM Days are free and fantastic for families!

Alexandria Campus - Dec 7

NOVA STEM Day has been held on the Alexandria Campus three times since 2017.

Next STEM Day at NOVA AL:

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NOVA Alexandria Campus
Bisdorf & Fine Arts Building
5000 Dawes Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311

Register for this event here

Loudoun Campus - Sept 19

Next STEM Day at NOVA LO:

Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

NOVA Loudoun Campus
21200 Campus Drive, Sterling, VA

Who is STEM Day for?
STEM Day is for EVERYONE! From kindergarten to highschool and beyond, we have fun and educational workshops and exhibits for the whole family. With more activities than you can count, we're about DOING. Come ready to participate! This event is open to the public and includes a variety of physical and hands-on activities. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for providing appropriate supervision.

What are the Activities?
Here’s a quick look at our hands-on STEM activities

How much does it cost?
STEM Day is a FREE event with open parking in "B" lots. Follow signs upon arrival.

Who will I learn from?
Our activities will be taught by NOVA faculty and community educators.College and high school students will help out - they have a lot to share, too!

Do I need to pre-register?
Not necessarily, but we'd sure appreciate it! This helps us plan the logistics of the day. Pre-Register here.

What should I wear?
For safety purposes, no shorts, tank tops, or open-toed shoes are permissible in the science labs. Safety precautions are strictly enforced. Some events will take place outdoors, so monitor weather reports and dress accordingly.

What's for lunch?
For those who work up an appetite, Uncle Fred’s BBQ Smoke Shack (also serving ice cream) and Mama Lucie’s Kitchen will be on site with a variety of lunch options.

Manassas Campus - TBD/Will Be Rescheduled

Next STEM Day at NOVA MA:
Will be rescheduled. 

NOVA Manassas Campus
6901 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109

Register here

Exhibit, Sponsor & Volunteer

I want to exhibit at a NOVA STEM Day:
Register here

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Interested in sponsoring? Contact Josh Labrie at 703.530.2829 or jlabrie@nvcc.edu

I want to Volunteer:
Register here

Regional STEM Expos

Since 2015, over a million people have had the opportunity to see one of our STEM exhibits at Expos across the region. In addition to NOVA STEM Days, our signature Expo events are Celebrate Fairfax, the STEMZone at Youth For Tomorrow, the USA Science & Engineering Festival in DC, and Maker Faires.

Celebrate Fairfax

We run the Robotics Pavilion (along with other hands-on activities) at Celebrate Fairfax every year in June, which averages 70,000 people in attendance.

Due to COVID-19 the event is being reviewed. We will make an announcement soon.

12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Info & Tickets:


The STEMZone is a hub of hands-on activity that engages and inspires young minds at the Youth For Tomorrow Country Fair & Auctions in Bristow, VA.; with a STEM passport in hand, students complete STEM tasks to learn, have fun, and win prizes. Each year over 20,000 people attend the Country Fair & Auctions

Saturday Oct 3, 2019
10am – 5pm

YFT Campus
11835 Hazel Circle Drive
Bristow, VA

Info & Tickets:

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Every other year the USA Science & Engineering Festival is held in Washington DC, a famous two-day STEM event that draws over 340,000 people. We operate an exciting STEM booth that draws students and parents because it’s not just an exhibit, it’s hands-on fun! The next USASEF will be held in April 2020.

Will be rescheduled.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington DC

More Info:

Maker Faire

The MakerFaire NoVa is an annual gathering of curious and inventive people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. MakerFaire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments and projects. It is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness.

June 2, 2019

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

More info:
https://nova.makerfaire.com/ (link)

We Support Local STEM Expos

We support local schools and organizations that are like-minded in integrating STEM into the community. Big or small, we may be able to support your event with exciting hands-on activities for students in elementary school through college and beyond.

How We Can Help

Most popular activities are:

  • Coding with OSMO
  • Driving Sphero robots
  • VEX Robots
  • Micro:bit
  • BOSE Head Phones
  • 3D printing
  • Laser Cutting
Schedule of Upcoming Events
Contact Info

Liz Coffey, NOVA SySTEMic Expo Coordinator: ecoffey@nvcc.edu