(Aug. 21, 2013) – 350 Loudoun County students got a hands-on indoctrination to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education during five weeks of summer camps held by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).
The final day of the one-week camps, conducted through NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions program, was August 9th, at Tuscarora High School. SySTEMic Solutions is a program designed to engage K-12 students and faculty in STEM education and career opportunities.
Three weeks of camp were held at Tuscarora with an additional two weeks at NOVA’s Sterling Campus. Tosin Adetoro, NOVA’s STEM education coordinator, said Tuscarora Principal Pamela Jacobs arranged for an extra week of camp at her school. Even with this, Adetoro said there was a waiting list of 150 for the camps. “There is a big demand for this.”
The final day of camp featured pre-programmed robots doing autonomous tasks as part of a competition. The robots were then put under the control of teams to battle other robots in a series of tasks. While the scoring was a bit hard to follow at times, it was evident that everyone was having a very good time.
Camp met each day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A lot went on during those hours.
“They learn teamwork. They learn to problem-solve, critical thinking skills,” said Adetoro. “It’s an awesome time.”