Signature Sponsor Leidos presents a $15,000 check to Northern Virginia Urban League for the expo, from left: Jamil Smart, Smart Learning Solutions President/CEO; Tim Reardon, Leidos President, Defense & Intelligence Group; and Tracey Walker, NVUL Board Chair.
The Northern Virginia Urban League (NVUL), in partnership with Smart Learning Solutions, hosted two ASTEAM Fall Family Carnivals – the first, on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, and the second, on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the new state-of-the art Loudoun County facility, The Campus, 100 Powers Court, Sterling
More than 650 children, families, and community members and partners were in attendance for the two expos. Signature sponsors included: Verizon for the Oct. 14 expo and Leidos for the Oct. 28 expo.
The free community expos, with hands-on learning activities for children and families, featured a day of Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The primary purpose of the events was to introduce and broaden awareness of STEM education to youth, especially minorities and those at-risk; to inspire and engage students; and to encourage youth to pursue their natural curiosity to solve problems by exploring technology and engineering solutions.
Partnering organizations that provided instructors for the ASTEAM component of the expos included: Army Educational Outreach Program, Athletes Innovate, Cyber Green Group, DEILab, Destiny Aviation Services, Gum Springs Clubhouse, Katrina Lynn Educational Services, Inc., NASA, Patriots Technology Training Center, Propel Productions Center, Inc., Race Tech, STEM EIC, UDC Speech and Language Pathology, Youth Technology Network, and 5Starr Enterprise and Productions.
In addition to the support of Verizon, the signature sponsor, Comcast, Dominion Energy, RSM US LLP, and SunTrust served as contributing sponsors for the Oct. 14 expo. Likewise, in addition to the support of Leidos, the signature sponsor, Boeing, Comcast, and SunTrust served as contributing sponsors for the Oct. 28 expo.
For more information about the Northern Virginia Urban League, visit www.nvul.org or call 703-836-2858.