STEM Zone

 Make a keychain. Play robot basketball. Code a robot with iPad. Build a mini computer. 

Get engaged in STEM! 

The STEMZone is NOVA SySTEMic’s (Northern Virginia Community College) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math expo. The STEMZone includes exciting hands-on activities, such as maker spaces, robotics, 3D printers, cybersecurity, coding, laser cutters, stomp rockets and more! It’s fun for the whole family and you’ll learn a lot of cool things about STEM at the same time. Fill out your STEM passport and have the chance to win the grand prize! 

Hands-on activities

KANO – Build a Raspberry Pi Computer (ages 6+)
The Kano kit utilizes a raspberry pi computer kit and screen that you will assemble and code for doing art, apps, Minecraft, and other games.

OSMO – Coding with iPad (ages 5+)
Use an iPad and the OSMO kit to learn coding. The kit uses physical representation of coding to help Awbie navigate in a self-paced app.

SPHERO – Coding with iPad (ages 8+)
Use an iPad and the SPRK+ sphere robot to learn coding. The kit uses an app to drive or code the robot to navigate a maze.

ARDUINO – Build a stoplight (ages 10+)
The activity consist of assembling an electronic circuit around the Arduino to make a functioning stoplight.

VEX Maze challenge – Drive a VEX clawbot through a maze (ages 7+)
Drive a VEX metal robot through a maze and stack cones on mobile goals and balance a ramp at the end.

VEX Robot Basketball – Play basketball with a VEX robot (ages 7+)
Drive a VEX metal robot on the field against other robots and try to score the ball in a basketball hoop.

Stomp Rockets – Build and launch a paper rocket (ages 3+)
Use paper to build a rocket with fins and nosecone. Stomp the launcher and see your rocket take flight. 

Hands-on Demos

VEX IQ Autonomous – Play basketball with a VEX robot (any ages)
Load a ball on the VEX IQ robot and hit the start button to watch the robot follow a path autonomously to score the ball in a goal.

Laser Engraver – Get your own keychain made (all ages)
The laser engraver will input your name and engrave and cut a nametag for you on the spot.

Carvey – See a 3D carving machine in action (all ages)
This machine is a desktop CNC machine that can carve multiple types of material such as wood, plastic and some non-ferrous materials.

CAD – Test out making 3D designs (ages 6+)
Use Tinkercad or Autodesk Inventor to design 3D objects by grouping together shapes to create an object.

3D Printing – Print 3D objects (any ages)
Demos of multiple 3D printers and how a 3D object gets printed.

Raspberry Pi – Project display (any ages)
See multiple starter and advanced projects made up by using a Raspberry Pi.

Arduino – Project display (any ages)
See multiple starter and advanced projects made up by using an Arduino.

Virtual Welder – Test out your welding skills (age 10+)
Try this educational welding virtually without the need for gear and safety equipment.