X-STEM NOVA is a FREE all-day CONFERENCE-STYLE event for upper-middle and high school students designed to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Attendees will be inspired by presentations from leading STEM role models, participate in Q&A sessions, learn by doing in hands-on workshops, interact with students from all over the county, and have fun while learning about exciting career opportunities in STEM!
WHAT A DAY AT X-STEM LOOKS LIKE
Registered attendees and school groups attending for the full day* will be assigned to:
– ONE session participating in a hands-on workshop**
– TWO sessions seated in the main stage area to view speaker presentations and participate in Q&A sessions (each session will feature up to 2 speakers)
– There may be an option to participate in a late-session workshop from 2:15-3:15pm for attendees who are able to stay on after the main event ends.
*We understand that sometimes schools need to arrive late and/or leave the event early. Due to limited seating, we will try our best but cannot guarantee early departing or late arriving schools seats in a hands-on workshop.
**Due to limited seating, we are unable to take requests for specific speakers or workshops.
Friday, October 20, 2023 | 9:30am to 2:00 pm ET | The National Conference Center. Leesburg, VA
Students in grades 6-12
Free in-person conference featuring presentations and hands-on workshops given by STEM role models
Friday, October 20, 2023, 9:30am to 2pm, at the National Conference Center
Last year, over 2,400 students, teachers, and parents from the DC metro area, Maryland and Virginia attended X-STEM NOVA. Check out the 2022 recap report and photo album to see what X-STEM NOVA is all about.
“Our scholars made wonderful connections at the XSTEM conference to their learning and real-world lives. They had a great time learning and even making model satellites. We look forward to bringing our scholars back next year!”
Educator from EL Haynes School, 2023 X-STEM NOVA Attendee
“My son enjoyed learning about the different career paths available while learning from experts in their fields, and hearing how they do their fieldwork.”
Homeschool Educator, 2022 X-STEM NOVA Attendee
“If you love science, you’ll love LOVE the X-STEM event. This event is just for you to learn more about science, robotics and so much other cool stuff.”
Student from St. Andrew Apostle, 2022 NOVA San Diego Attendee
From jumping out of airplanes to providing strategic analysis, learn how the Air Force has taken Captain Francois around the world.
She established the first wildlife forensics laboratory in Australia and led the sequencing of the koala genome. Hear about her role as the Chief Scientist & Associate Director for Science at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
He’s an engineer at NASA who has worked on many high-profile projects including the James Webb Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Artemis Mission!
Get inspired by this engineer and Grammy-nominated musical artist! Hear about his personal journey to become an aerospace engineer and sing along to his STEM-inspired tunes.
Hear from this veterinarian and clinical scientist about the cool things lizards are doing for vision research.
He’s a mathematician at George Mason University who is on a personal mission to change the often-negative perception and image that students have about math.
Join Amazon Web Services (AWS) & Rosie Riveters to build an Art “Robot” and explore the question “Who is the Artist? The engineer or the machine itself?” Explores how robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning can work together in this fun hands-on workshop.
Join Maximus to learn about the first defense in computer network security – Firewalls. Working in teams, students will build model firewalls and decide on rules that will determine what data goes through (in and out). When ready, firewalls will be tested for vulnerabilities – is the data protected with a secure firewall or do you have a failwall?
Design, engineer, and test a working catapult with the U.S. Space Force! Experience the excitement of engineering innovation and learn the importance of precision and accuracy in aerospace technology.
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