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    Innovation Campus launches drone soccer program , video

    As part of its K-12 Initiative, the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus is launching the US Drone Soccer Program for Alexandria City Public Schools. Middle school students, with the help from K-8 educators, will build, program, and fly drones in drone soccer competitions. The program is sponsored by Boeing, who along with the Innovation Campus, will host a regional qualifying tournament on March 16th. They will also host the U.S. Drone Soccer National Championship the last weekend in April.

    Date: Feb 14, 2024
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    Virginia Tech Science Festival to return on Nov. 11 , article

    The event on the Blacksburg campus will showcase more than 50 exhibitors with science experiments ranging from biology and physics to mathematics and robotics.

    Date: Nov 07, 2023
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    Middle school students experience immersive STEM day through the Innovation Campus , video

    Middle school students from Alexandria City Public Schools participate in an industry tour day at Noblis in Reston, VA. The trip, hosted by the Innovation Campus and Noblis, allowed students to interact with STEM professionals and have hands-on interaction with STEM technologies.

    Date: Nov 03, 2023
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    Innovation Campus hosts STEM Discovery Fair for K-12 students , video

    Students and parents attended a STEM Discovery Fair at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria. The event was sponsored by the Innovation Campus, College of Engineering, Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity, College Access Collaborative, and the College of Science.

    Date: Nov 02, 2023
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    Math tutoring in El Centro deepens community connection , article

    Matecharlas offer students in El Centro, the Community and Cultural Center for Latinx students, the opportunity to practice math skills and Spanish, to talk through research and data collection, or even to get career advice.

    Date: Oct 16, 2023
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    Jake Grohs named interim director of Center for Educational Networks and Impacts , article

    In the position, Grohs will bring his experience facilitating collaboration between Virginia Tech researchers, schools, and industries in Southwest Virginia communities to help the center, part of the Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology, evolve to its next level.

    Date: Sep 25, 2023
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    Alexandria City teachers participate in Innovation Campus coding workshop , video

    Elementary and middle school teachers from Alexandria City Public Schools take part in a coding workshop through the K-12 outreach program at the Innovation Campus. This is the first of four sessions taking place this fall. Funding was provided by Amazon.

    Date: Sep 18, 2023
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    Scientists spurred by a thirst to transform the field of phytoplankton forecasting , article

    Cayelan Carey, professor of biological sciences, will serve as the lead principal investigator on a $2.2 million National Science Foundation grant to develop the first automated, real-time system to forecast the toxic blooms that endanger drinking water.

    Date: Aug 08, 2023
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    Summer program delivers fun STEM education at Virginia Tech Drone Park , video

    The university welcomed seventh and eighth graders from Alexandria, Virginia for hands-on learning and friendly competition to bolster interest in aviation careers. The camp was made possible with partnership between Boeing and Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus. Staff with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) provided guided instruction throughout the day.

    Date: Aug 02, 2023
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    Inspiring the next generation of scientists and STEM leaders , article

    Now in its 14th year, students were able to once again experience Kids' Tech University in person this spring after two years of the program being moved to a virtual-only experience.

    Date: Jul 13, 2023
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    High school teachers gain hands-on training in STEM , video

    For almost 30 years, the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech has supported education in Virginia schools through the Biotech in a Box Outreach Program. High school teachers from across Virginia participated in a workshop to learn how to use the STEM projects within the kits before committing to conduct the labs with their students this coming school year.

    Date: Jun 26, 2023
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    Amazon grant supports Virginia Tech Innovation Campus Teacher Professional Development Program , article

    The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus is offering a new Teacher Professional Development Program starting in Summer 2023 with the goal of expanding STEM and computing knowledge and teaching practices among elementary and middle school teachers.

    Date: Jun 13, 2023
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    Roanoke Center teams up with area schools to build excitement around STEM , article

    Students of all ages from across Southwest Virginia learn about coding, engineering, circuits, and even space travel through a growing lineup of creative, customizable STEM programs at the Commonwealth Campus Center.

    Date: May 16, 2023
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    Cybersecurity is a team sport — and it’s recruiting all positions , article

    There’s a position for everyone in cybersecurity. Commonwealth Cyber Initiative researchers are exploring ways to attract and train a diverse talent pool to meet the exploding, dynamic need for well-rounded cybersecurity professionals.

    Date: Apr 24, 2023
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    Alexandria City middle schoolers become NASA engineers during Project Red Rover , article

    This past week, 36 students from four Northern Virginia middle schools were called upon to help NASA launch a mock Mars mission. Dubbed the Project Red Rover Robotics Program, the mission tasked students with the building, programming, and automation of a Vex IQ robot that simulated a Mars rover.

    Date: Mar 14, 2023
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    Michael Bartlett receives NSF CAREER award to study soft composite manufacturing , article

    Bartlett, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will use the $590,600 National Science Foundation CAREER award to research and understand new strategies for manufacturing liquid metal-based soft composites.

    Date: Feb 28, 2023
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    Virginia Tech hosts its first STEM and College Fair in Alexandria, Virginia , video

    On Saturday, October 29, 2022, Virginia Tech hosted its first Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and College Fair in collaboration with Alfred Street Baptist Church at George Washington Middle Schools in Alexandria, Virginia. Over 200 K-12 students and parents were introduced to Virginia Tech as a destination to pursue their postsecondary goals. The event featured a college information session for parents, hands-on STEM sessions for K-12 students, a college and career fair, and a K-16 student panel with K-12 students highlighting their Center for the Enhancement in Engineering and Diversity (CEED) pre-college program experiences and Virginia Teach undergraduate students sharing their college experiences, lessons learned, and tips for success as current students pursuing STEM degrees. The collaborative efforts among Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, the College of Engineering, the Center for the Enhancement in Engineering and Diversity (CEED), the College Access Collaboratives, the College of Science, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences made this event a reality with the huge support of 31 Virginia Tech undergraduate students from the Galileo/Hypatia, Ujima and Orion Living and Learning, and 15 exhibitors including Alexandria City Transit DASH Electrification Fleet, Inova Partnerships for Healthier Communities, Betabox Mobile Lab from North Carolina, Capital Youth Empowerment Programs, Go Pursue, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

    Date: Dec 13, 2022
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    Innovation Campus partners with schools for professional development , video

    Innovation Campus is partnering with Vex Robotics and teachers in Alexandria City Public Schools to explore the possibilities of teaching coding and STEM. Teachers will be using a "Vex 123" activity to learn how to teach coding to students as young as four years old through three accessible strategies.

    Date: Nov 10, 2022
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    After-school program blends arts and robotics to spark students' interest in STEAM education , video

    Virginia Tech researchers Koeun Choi and Myounghoon Jeon are introducing students at Eastern Montgomery Elementary School to various robotics theories through creative outlets such as music and dance. The thirteen week after-school program will culminate in a theater performance featuring robots programmed by the students.

    Date: Nov 07, 2022
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    Ninth annual Virginia Tech Science Festival celebrates arts and sciences , article

    The festival returns to Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus on Nov. 12 with more than 50 free, hands-on learning, interactive booths and activities that showcase dozens of science education and research programs throughout the university.

    Date: Nov 07, 2022

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