STEM OUTREACH & PROGRAMMING

Mission

Our mission seeks to increase access, inclusivity, and engagement of modeling and simulation technologies for students, educators, and community members in the process of STEM discovery.

Strategies

Collaboration: Partner with regional K-12 schools, educators, community colleges, higher education institutions and youth-serving community nonprofits to engage, inspire and sustain STEM/STEAM interests and career aspirations.

Critical Thinking: Coordinate with faculty and partners to identify needs for broader impacts on STEM/STEAM research, community outreach, and propel STEM pipelines.

Inclusivity: Promote awareness for cultivating inclusive STEM learning environments through fostering self-efficacy, STEM/STEAM identities, and increased sense of belonging for all.

Innovation: Leverage and incorporate pedagogical, research-based strategies, and advanced learning technologies for learning STEM/STEAM principles.

Scholarship: Encourage partnerships that enhance opportunities for secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students to design, deliver, and mentor youth within STEM/STEAM programming.

Sustainability: Measure effectiveness of STEM/STEAM programming for longevity and improved mechanisms for STEM/STEAM outreach.



15th Annual MSVSCC

Paper submissions are now open for the Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Student Capstone Conference 2022 (MSVSCC 2022)

The MSV Student Capstone Conference features students in Modeling, Simulation and Visualization undergraduate & graduate degree programs and multidisciplinary fields from many colleges or universities. Students present their research to an audience of fellow students, faculty, judges, and other distinguished guests. For the students, these presentations afford them the opportunity to impart their innovative research to members of the M&S community from academic, industry, and government backgrounds. NEW to MSVSCC 2022, is a high school track featuring papers, posters, and project presentations in modeling and simulation concepts from regional school divisions. The MSVSCC 2022 offers six presentation tracks this year. Each track has two awards. The best paper and the best presentation. The best overall paper of the conference will be honored with the Gene Newman award. Best papers will be invited to present at the MODSIM World Conference in Norfolk, May 9th-11th and publish in the Journal of Simulation Engineering (JSIME).

The Conference will be held in-person on April 14th, 2022 at ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center (VMASC). Prizes for best paper and best presentations/per track. For more information, go to https://sites.wp.odu.edu/capstone/

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ODU Math Festival

Now in its fourth year, the Old Dominion University MathFest hosted professional development workshops for local teachers to TAME MATH (Teaching Applied Mathematics Early and Managing Anxiety Through Hands-on-activities) on August, 31 and September 1, 2021.

In the weeks leading up to the events, approximately 120 teacher kits were assembled and delivered to nearly 70 local schools across eleven districts. Each kit contained materials for 25 students to play through three different activities. During the live, virtual events, about 85 teachers joined to learn about five MathFest activities including the ones included in their kits. Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive with 94% of participants providing an overall rating of 7 out of 10 or higher. Additionally, participants were excited by the opportunity to welcome the event to their classroom later in Fall 2021.


STEM Ahoy Soap Powered Boat Challenge

In this STEM Ahoy! Soap Boat Engineering Design Challenge, you will experiment with surface tension and physics! Have you ever wondered how some boats move on water? Your task is to research the design of boats to make yours move in water in an interesting way! Your team of marine engineers, outside machinists, and port engineers will design a STEM boat propelled by soap!

Things to consider: How does the design of a boat effect how it moves in water? How does physics and surface tension effect how a boat moves in water? For instructions, click on the Digital Shipbuilding button below.

 
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"The Hackening" Hackathon

The Hackathon wrapped up on 10/31 and hosted over 130 registered participants from middle, high school, and college levels! Out of the dozen primary challenges, only one team completed every challenge. Unfortunately no single team successfully completed all challenges- looking forward to seeing the team’s progress in their skills for next year! Among the top three prize tiers, winters were both college and high school teams.

Winners are as follows: Team Rainbow Kitten Sprinkles who took 3rd place with 760 points! Team Brookville High School who took 2nd place with 820 points! Team “AND DROP TABLE users” took 1st place with 1120 points!

Congrats to all who participated!


Portsmouth Public Schools STEM Educator Workshop

STARBASE Portsmouth Public School educators were immersed in the first of a yearlong professional development series targeting gaps teaching/learning the engineering design process and integration of computational thinking. In this PD series, educators will explore reframing failure for students, gaps in teaching the engineering design process, engage in various engineering design frameworks, integrate STEM careers and real-world connections to Portsmouth and our Hampton Roads region!

Also, educators will learn the value of digital and physical prototyping from various research faculty and project scientists here at ODU-VMASC as they design and develop their own engineering design challenges!

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Incredible Bulk Student Workshop

Upcoming freshmen from Green Run Collegiate in Virginia Beach were hosted during a maritime summer bridge program at Virginia Wesleyan University. VMASC STEM helped to conduct a workshop with students on real world digital transformation connections in our Hampton Roads region. Students learned about the integration of modeling and simulation within the maritime industry as they were given an engineering design challenge to solve as a team! Student teams explored an aircraft carrier’s bulkhead in virtual reality, and were tasked with creating a physical replica of the bulkhead using a 3D model. Students also learned about advanced manufacturing and direct connections to STEM maritime careers. Teams were able to inspect their bulkhead components using an augmented reality app.


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STEM DIRECTOR

Jessica Johnson is the Director of STEM and Student Engagement for VMASC. She leads operations of STEM outreach, programming, and student engagement for VMASC in coordination with regional, state, and national education partners. Her role affords opportunities to work with diverse research faculty, project scientists, principal investigators, academic partners, industry partners, and the community on STEM outreach and programming.

For more information, please email VMASC.STEM@odu.edu

STEM OUTREACH & PROGRAMMING

Mission

Our mission seeks to increase access, inclusivity, and engagement of modeling and simulation technologies for students, educators, and community members in the process of STEM discovery.


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Hoffler Creek Internship

The Capabilities Laboratory at Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) was part of a collaboration that hosted the Hoffler Creek STEM Internship for High School Students this past summer.

This was the second year in a row that Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve hosted this paid internship for three students at Portsmouth's I.C. Norcom High School. Participants collected and analyzed data for ecological research, along with assisting the preserve with its mission to control destructive invasive species. Students interacted with subject-matter experts, entrepreneurs and career professionals in related fields as they assisted Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve's efforts to preserve and maintain one of the last natural spaces in Portsmouth. They were also exposed to entrepreneurship opportunities, novel career paths and knowledge of citizen science and local ecological preservation efforts.

ODU Math Festival

The Old Dominion University Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center and The Old Dominion University Mathematics & Statistics Department virtually hosted a TAME MATH (or Teaching Applied Mathematics Early and Managing Anxiety Through Hands-on-activities) workshop for educators from over 70 schools throughout the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

Led by Katie Smith of ODU-VMASC, educators explored math resources and activities to utilize in their classrooms. The event was also supported by the ODU College of Science, the ODU Computer Science Department, the National Science Foundation, the ODU VMASC Digital Shipbuilding Team, Northrup Grumman, the ODU T/TAC center, the ODU Department of cybersecurity, and several members of the community. Educators rotated throughout breakout sessions for low-tech and high-tech math activities for their students, including Candy Conundrum, ConHex, Cybersecurity, Dinner for Dogs, The Last Chip and more! Additional classroom outreach and activities will continue throughout the year.

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STEM Ahoy Soap Powered Boat Challenge

In this STEM Ahoy! Soap Boat Engineering Design Challenge, you will experiment with surface tension and physics! Have you ever wondered how some boats move on water? Your task is to research the design of boats to make yours move in water in an interesting way! Your team of marine engineers, outside machinists, and port engineers will design a STEM boat propelled by soap!

Things to consider: How does the design of a boat effect how it moves in water? How does physics and surface tension effect how a boat moves in water? For instructions, click on the Digital Shipbuilding button below.