VWC Becomes Practice Site for VBCPS Maker Expo/STEM Trifecta Challenge

01-21-2016

Virginia Wesleyan College will become practice ground Jan. 21 for Bayside Middle School students who are competing for a spot in the Maker Challenge leg of the Virginia Beach STEM Trifecta Challenge. Created by Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Office of Technical & Career Education, the initiative brings students, teachers, mentors, and community partners together through project-based learning activities to create and promote awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and entrepreneurship. Maker teams will create products using a 3D printer and pitch their ideas at a Shark Tank-style competition at a Maker Expo in February. Winning teams will advance to the Maker Challenge portion of the STEM Trifecta in June. On Thursday (Jan. 21), the visiting Bayside Middle School team will practice its Maker Expo presentation in front of a panel of Virginia Wesleyan business faculty and students (4-5 p.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite). The team will be judged on product creation, product pitch, and product packaging, and will receive constructive entrepreneurial feedback from members of the VWC business community. The Maker Expo & Challenge joins STEM Robotics and Cyber Security to make up the Trifecta Challenge, taking place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on June 3. More