SySTEMic Solutions is the STEM outreach program for Northern Virginia Community College and they are passionate about developing a pipeline of student-centered activities from elementary school to career, building the STEM workforce of the future in the process.
The core underpinnings of a competitive economy are the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Northern Virginia faces a critical shortage of scientists, engineers, and technicians. SySTEMic Solutions is facing this problem head-on by engaging students with exciting STEM programs early in their education, supporting their progress through high school and preparing them for a satisfying STEM career in college and beyond. Fairfax County is a partner is this initiative and has engaged and trained staff at twelve Computer Learning Centers and Clubhouses offering students in underserved communities a chance to participate in a Robotics Team and the STEM Engineering Challenge.
NOVA, through SySTEMic Solutions, has developed a collaborative arrangement among school divisions, higher education institutions, and employers to create a sustainable workforce pipeline in Northern Virginia that will have 40,000 students preparing for STEM careers in 2016.
Various activities, such as summer STEM camps, competitive robotics, and STEM dual enrollment are being delivered to participating teachers and students, and are built upon the critical need for a hands-on, activity-based approach to learning science, technology, engineering and math through the integration of innovative teaching methods