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NOVA STEM Day Activities

​​model

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Chemistry

Location: Parrish Hall 329

Time: Drop in any time! 


Are you curious about how the structures of things that you see every day actually look like on the molecular level? Models are displayed to show you the structures of ice, salt, and many other substances

 

FIZZY SODA 

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Chemistry

Location: Parrish Hall 329

Time: Drop in any time! 

Make your own fizzy drink and learn the chemistry behind soda

how sweet it is?

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Chemistry

Location: Parrish Hall 329

Time: Drop in any time! 

Which one is sweeter and heavier - coke or diet coke?

glitter slime

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Chemistry

Location: Parrish Hall 329

Time: Drop in any time!                                                               

You will make a slimy substance and sprinkle it with glitter

engineering exploration

   Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults  

offered by NOVA Engineering

Location: Parrish Hall 230 

Time: Drop in anytime!

Explore MagLev trains! Engage in hands-on activities involving electricity, magnetism and train design in a fun way. See how the principles of levitation, propulsion and engineering design come together to build trains that can travel up to 375 mph

Modern tools used by students to learn anatomy

 

​     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Biology

Locations: Parrish Hall 314 & 325

Time: Drop in anytime!

 

200 years ago the normal way to learn anatomy was to go grave robbing in order to acquire cadavers that were then dissected, however, times, and the tools used to learn anatomy, have vastly changed and such practices are frowned upon today.  The anatomy & physiology faculty is pleased to offer a rare opportunity to observe (& if experiment with) some of the modern tools available to students to assist them in learning about the human body.  Tools being demonstrated will include a skeleton, various models of organs of the body & models of the limbs, and a virtual cadaver that can be manipulated to demonstrate most of the structures of the body & it can even be dissected to observe the layers within the human body.  This activity is open to everyone

Math zone

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Math

Location: Parrish Hall 133 & 141

Time: Drop in anytime!

Come join us to a Math Jeopardy game and approximating Pi using toothpicks and a simple formula

 

Mathnasium 

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by Mathnasium of Manassas

Location: Parrish Hall 133 & 141

Time: Drop in anytime!

Come learn about special playing cards to do math games (focused on addition/subtraction and multiplication/division) as well as hands-on geometry activities with toothpicks and marshmallows
 

ole'virginia hams

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Automotive Technology

Location: By check-in table outside Parrish Hall

Time: Drop in any time!

Ole’ Virginia Hams Amateur Radio will host a hands-on station, providing youth the opportunity to see various aspects of amateur radio, and an opportunity to make a contact with another radio station within or outside the continental US.

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE & PHLEBOTOMY

  6th - 8th    9th - 12th     adults  

offered by NOVA MEC

Location: Parrish Hall 232

Time: Drop in anytime!

Do you like medical science and working behind the scenes? Come join us as we solve the mystery behind patient samples.

meet the invisible 

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Biology

Location: Parrish Hall 312

Time: Drop in any time! 

Hands on activity on using Microscopes.  Make your own slide and see the invisible- Live cultures of euglena/paramecium and plant cells will be available for the participants to prepare their own slides

Got Disinfectant? Deal germs a 1-2 punch....

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Biology

Location: Parrish Hall 312

Time: Drop in any time! 

 

Demo-Antiseptics susceptibility – Effectiveness of common household antiseptic/disinfectants against bacteria. Inoculated plates with discs will be displayed

 

Be a Germ Buster - Wash and say goodbye to glow germs

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Biology

Location: Parrish Hall 312

Time: Drop in any time! 

 

Effective Hand washing activity. Volunteers will apply glow germs on the participants. The participants will be able to see if there are any glow germs on their hands after hand washing.

glowing bacteria

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Biotech

Location: Parrish Hall 306

Time: Drop in anytime!

We will prepare plates with E. coli carrying pGlow plasmid. The plate will be under blue light to show the GFP fluorescence

build LEGO robot

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA STEMLabs

Location: Parrish Hall 327

Time: 10:30 am, 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm

Build a LEGO EV3 robot and learn the basics of programming in this hour long workshop

Laserquest **prize sponsor**

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by LaserQuest

Location: Parrish Hall Lobby

Time: Drop in anytime!

Come learn about laser quest equipment and how the technology is used in the game!  We will have our demo packs available as well for demonstrations

mECHATRONICS

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Information and Engineering Technology Dept.

Location: Parrish Hall 136

Time: Drop in anytime!

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are used in manufacturing to control equipment. Come interact and program the PLC to control run time for lights

MICRON

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by Micron

Location: Parrish Hall Lobby

Time: Drop in anytime!

Learn about semiconductor and the manufacturing of memory chips at the Micron manufacturing facility in Manassas, VA.

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NOVA STEM Day Manassas Campus will offer tasty lunch options at this year's food trucks (located in the A parking lot):

  • Uncle Fred's BBQ Smoke Shack

  • RoRo's (Lebanese food)

You may also get lunch at the campus cafeteria EURO Cafè in the Howsman building.

Block Coding

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Computer Science

Location: Parrish Hall 219

Time: Drop in anytime!

The Block Coding activity is a fun experience for people of all ages to write short snippets of code to achieve specified goals by dragging “blocks” of instructions. No prior experience is required. It is the perfect computer activity to foster experimentation and creativity. Just play around and create your own games with your favorite themes including Star Wars, Moana, Angry Birds and Frozen

Puzzle games​

​     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Computer Science

Location: Parrish Hall 220

Time: Drop in anytime!

This activity will unlock the secret to the world-famous Rubik's® Cube, one of the most popular combination puzzles, and engage students who are interested in logical thinking, math games or just want to have brain-challenging fun. If you think you've got the brain-power to tackle logic puzzles, come solve Sudoku, Minesweeper, Tower of Hanoi and more

NOVA stemzone

​     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA SySTEMic

Locations: Parrish Hall 133 & 141

Time: Drop in anytime!

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Learn about programming and robotics using Sphero and Osmo platforms! There will also be a laser engraver demo.

prince William county service authority (pwcsa)

   Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults  

offered by PWCSA

Location: Parrish Hall Lobby

As the drinking/wastewater company for Prince William County, we will have activities & giveaways to educate attendees about water resources & treatment

prince William county library

   Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults  

offered by Prince William County Libraries

Location: Parrish Hall Lobby

Interactive table activities and prize giveaways

 

mason  game & technology academy

  6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults    

offered by GMU - Mason Game & Technology Academy

Location: Parrish Hall Lobby

Do you love playing video games? Have a great game idea that you've always wanted to make? Come join us to learn the basics of how to make a game of your own! 

conduction of electricity

 

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

 

offered by NOVA Physics

Location: Parrish Hall 211

Time: Drop in anytime!


Have you ever wondered why your hair stands on end in the winter when you brush it?  Come and see how this happens while we explain the conduction of electricity!

 

gyroscopic precision & angular momenta conservation

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Physics

Location: Parrish Hall 211

Time: Drop in anytime!

Come test your balance while you spin in a circle and use a gyroscope to steer your direction!

beats & frequency audibility

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Physics

Location: Parrish Hall 211

Time: Drop in any time! 


Come one, come all, come take a listen and tell if you can hear the same pitches of sound as those around you!

 

spectroscopy

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Physics

Location: Parrish Hall 211

Time: Drop in any time! 

Have you ever wondered what air looks like or what it is made of?  Come use light to see what air is made of!

the generator

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by NOVA Physics

Location: Parrish Hall 211

Time: Drop in any time! 

Come see how a generator can turn on the lights with no electricity! 

Who dunnit?

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults      offered by NOVA Biotech

Location: Parrish Hall 306

Time: Drop in anytime!

DNA electrophoresis of DNA samples from suspects X, Y, Z.  Gel will need to run for 45 min to be able to show gel documentation system

 

​how much protein is there in your milk?

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults     

offered by NOVA Biotech

Location: Parrish Hall 306

Time: Drop in anytime!

A tube of normal milk and a tube of Ensure high protein milk will be prepared using the Bradford reagent. The different shades of blue correlate with protein content in milk.  Both samples will go into the spec and get the absorbance and protein concentration using the standard curve

DNA in your smoothie

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults      offered by NOVA Biotech

Location: Parrish Hall 306

Time: Drop in anytime!

Visitors will smash 1/2 a strawberry in a plastic bag, add detergent solution to break the cells, filter the suspension through cheese cloth and precipitate DNA using cold ethanol

Manassas park city schools

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by MPCS

Location: Parrish Hall Lobby

Time: Drop in anytime!

Learn more about Manassas Park CIty Schools

id tech

     Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by IDTech

Location: Parrish Hall Lobby

Time: Drop in anytime!

Come learn AI and see how a little robot named Cozmo navigates the world around them

first tech challenge robotics

    Pre-K        K - 2nd      3rd - 5th    6th - 8th   9th - 12th     adults   

offered by Fairlakes Youth Association

Location: Parrish Hall 217 

Time: Drop in anytime!

Join us to drive an FTC robot, learn the basics of engineering and design and learn about the great opportunities robotics offers!

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