May 26, 2024

UMW Showcases STEM Activities

Small drones buzzed overhead as more than 600 people viewed the latest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the Anderson Center at the University of Mary Washington on March 29 during the third annual  STEM Summit 16. Click to view slideshow. Showcasing the achievements of the region’s students, educators and businesses, the event featured more than 50 booths, including the UMW departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental science, geography, mathematics, physics and the admissions office. Germanna Community College, the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren and a variety of regional schools also showcased 3-D printers, experiments and robotics among other STEM-related technologies. Missy Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab and associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University, delivered the keynote address. One of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots, Cummings discussed drone technologies and human-machine collaboration. The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual event is sponsored by Central Rappahannock Regional Library (FredTech) and Lockheed Martin. A few steps away in the Goolrick pool, five local school teams – from elementary to high school – competed in the regional SeaPerch competition. The SeaPerch program, funded by the Office of Naval Research, is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Teams guided their remote-controlled submersibles through a series of tasks, including navigating an underwater obstacle course and retrieving weights. Teams also presented to a panel of judges about the overall projects. Two teams, both from the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity Dahlgren School, won the competition and will go on to a national SeaPerch competition in Mississippi. A different buzz could be heard further down Campus Walk during the 8th Annual UMW High School Calculus Tournament. Six local high school teams, consisting of 23 students, competed in a jeopardy-style competition and used individual buzzers to signal the correct answers. The Paul VI High School team from Fairfax took home the championship title with team members Christina Wulff, Stephanie Ibanez and Stephanie Keener. The Mountain View High School team from Stafford finished second. Thomas Sheehan, also from Paul VI High School, earned the top individual score of the tournament. More than $600 in prizes were awarded to the student winners as well as the schools represented by the top two teams. The event was sponsored by Dynovis.

UMW Hosts Sixth Annual Calculus Tournament

The Paul VI Catholic High School team won the 2011 tournament

On Saturday, March 31, seven regional high schools will compete Jeopardy-style at the Sixth Annual University of Mary Washington High School Calculus Tournament. This year, the tournament will feature 10 high school teams, with a total of 38 students competing. About 10 UMW students will help run the competition.

Last year, the “Ubiquitous C’s” from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va., ranked first, and Paul VI student Matt Whitlock earned the top individual score. High schools expected to attend this year include Orange County, Paul VI, Mountain View in Stafford County, Riverbend in Spotsylvania County, Fredericksburg Academy, Fredericksburg Christian and the regional Commonwealth Governor’s School. More than $1,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to the student winners as well as the schools represented by the top two teams.

The event will be held in Trinkle Hall on the Fredericksburg campus beginning at 8:30 a.m. The final round will take place at approximately 2:15 p.m. This year, the event is sponsored by GEICO, SimVentions Corporation, HDT Global and Texas Instruments.