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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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    Afghan student Ayda Haydarpour finds a sense of purpose at Virginia Tech , article

    Haydarpour, part of the all-girls robotics team Afghan Dreamers, has always dreamed big. Her road to Virginia Tech to study computer science did not always seem possible. She hopes to return to her country and open a STEM-based school where she will teach and mentor students.

    Date: Oct 05, 2022
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    Mathematical Association of America honors Estrella Johnson with award for research , article

    Johnson’s research centers on the pedagogical practices of mathematicians with the goal of better understanding and supporting high-quality, ambitious teaching in undergraduate mathematics classrooms.

    Date: Oct 04, 2022
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    Department of Geosciences’ community fossil unpacking party returns after two-year hiatus , article

    The event, open to all campus and community members, takes place at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 in 2062 Derring Hall, longtime home of the Virginia Tech Museum of Geosciences. The fossils to be unpacked were discovered this past summer in digs in Arizona and Texas.

    Date: Aug 24, 2022
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    Celebrating a summer of science education , article

    Nearly 160 high school and middle school students attended one of four youth camps, with 46 at Explore Science for 7th-9th graders, and – all geared toward 11th-12th graders – 35 participants at Explore Data Science, 32 at Explore Physical Science, and 45 at Explore Life Science

    Date: Aug 19, 2022
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    Summer camp students build drones, explore STEM careers , article

    A weeklong program of drone-themed activities gave underserved middle school students new engineering skills and a window into what the future could look like – for technology and for their own careers.

    Date: Aug 05, 2022
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    Middle schoolers imagine a future in engineering , video

    Virginia Tech's Imagination Camp is hosted by the College of Engineering and Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity for rising 7th and 8th graders to learn more about pursuing a career in engineering. Campers participate in hands-on learning activities that introduce them to various real-world engineering challenges.

    Date: Jul 21, 2022
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    Fralin Life Sciences Institute supports high school student’s vision of robotics education , article

    With the help of the Education and Outreach Division of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, high school student John Button has assembled an after-school class that introduces middle school students to robotics specifically to help the environment.

    Date: Apr 01, 2022
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    Virginia Tech professor helps middle schoolers develop hands-on skills with STEM technology , video

    Students in each Blacksburg Middle School are getting hands-on experience with a STEMbot, a large, mobile, raised-bed 3-gantry robotics system provided by Integrative STEM Education in Virginia Tech’s School of Education. Professor John Wells, along with his doctoral students, worked with middle school Technology Education teachers to set up the systems in their classrooms and prepare them for how to use the robots with students.

    Date: Mar 07, 2022
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    Virginia Tech partners with Washington Gas , article

    The collaboration is designed to increase pathways into higher education through STEM disciplines.

    Date: Feb 14, 2022
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    Engineering pre-college program project leads to long-term collaboration and research discovery , article

    In the summer of 2020, four students in Virginia Tech’s C-Tech2 program, designed for high school girls interested in engineering, started a project to turn an ordinary water bottle into a makeshift desalination system. Now, with the help of faculty member Jonathan Boreyko, their research is getting published in Soft Matter.

    Date: Feb 10, 2022

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