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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

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

Next STEM Day at NOVA AL:
Scheduled for late 2019.

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

Registration will be available here closer to the event.

Loudoun Campus

STEM Day has been held at NOVA LO every fall since 2015.

Next STEM Day at NOVA LO:
Scheduled for Oct 2019.

NOVA Loudoun Campus
21200 Campus Drive, Sterling, VA

Registration will be available here closer to the event.

Manassas Campus

The Manassas campus held their inaugural NOVA STEM Day in 2018.

Next STEM Day at NOVA MA:
Saturday April 27, 2019
10am to 3pm

NOVA Manassas Campus
10500 Campus Drive, Manassas, VA 20109

Registration available here.

Exhibit, Sponsor & Volunteer

I want to exhibit at a NOVA STEM Day:
Exhibitor info for all regions will be available here closer to the event.

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

I want to Volunteer:
Exhibitor info available here as the next scheduled STEM Day is announced.

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.

June 7-9, 2019

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 5, 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.

April 25-26, 2020

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
  • April 4, 2019 – STEAM Night at Patrick Henry Elementary School
  • April 10-11, 2019 – Career Carnival at Carl Sandburg Middle School
  • April 30, 2019 – STEAM Expo at River Bend Middle School
  • May 31, 2019 – Belmont Station Family Carnival
Contact Info

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