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FIRST Team 422 Hosts STEM Event for Middle Schoolers

February 26, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

On Saturday February 24th, the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School’s robotics team, FIRST Team 422, hosted a community STEM event geared toward local middle school students to promote interest and connect them with community STEM organizations. FIRST Team 422 consists of 60 high school students from 12 local school districts. FIRST is an international nonprofit that inspires students through the pipeline programs of Lego League through FIRST Robotics Competition to pursue academic sport of robotics.

The event was open to middle school students with the goal of STEM exploration and innovation. The program included classroom workshops featuring coding, robotics, data analysis, and a DNA lab, as well as exhibition booths and lunch. Presenters included The Steward School, CodeVA, Insource Solutions, Bitcubs, VCU’s Spit for Science, Southeastern Institute of Research, and the VCU daVinci Center. Educational partners were the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond, as well as Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield County Public Schools.

MLWGS FIRST Team 422 Sponsors include Afton Chemical, Joe’s Inn of Bon Air, McGeorge Toyota, Lutron, DuPont, Leading Edge Law Firm, Hancock Daniel & Johnson PC.