Opportunity to Host an Exchange Student From Spain

Would you like your children to make friends with a child from Spain? Would you like to learn more about Spanish culture? Perhaps you just want to practice your Spanish (a little). You can do all of these things and more by hosting a student from Spain this summer. Big Ben Centre, a prestigious second language school in Albacete, Spain, is sponsoring a summer program to help their students learn outside the classroom by living with an American family June 29 – July 26.

Please consider hosting a student. Just follow your normal family routine and the student can experience American family life beyond what they see on TV. You will receive 100 Euros (about $139) per week towards expenses. Spanish families are very loving and close knit. The students are well-mannered, open-minded, and eager to learn from their host families. They range in age from about 14 to 18.

Video: Air Force IT Day Chair Chuck Corjay Talks About The Event

AFCEA NOVA's Air Force IT Day chair talks about the compelling content at this upcoming event, and why it's important for anyone working in the IT field or with our armed forces to attend. Check it out!

2012 Scholarship Program is Now Accepting Applications

2012 Scholarship Applications Now Available!

AFCEA NOVA provides over 30 merit-based scholarships each year, to qualified students who are pursuing degrees or advanced training in technology-related fields supportive of our national security.

Scholarships are for $4,000 for full-time students, and $2,000 for part-time students, paid over the course of two semesters, and can be applied to undergraduate degree programs, graduate degree programs, or a certificate.

Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2012

Video of the GMU Subchapter UAV Quadrocopter - Made possible by grants from AFCEA NOVA.

Watch this amazing video of the stabilized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the George Mason University (GMU) Subchapter of AFCEA NOVA.

What sets this UAV apart is the ability to perform autonomous airborne behaviors. This project was made possible by an educational grant from the Chapter, and provided the students with hands-on design, programming, and fabrication experience to help them in their engineering careers. The UAV is being enhanced with sensor capabilities in the form of IR cameras, again funded by a grant from AFCEA NOVA.

While the UAV gave the GMU students some great hands-on experience, its real value is sparking interest in STEM careers for young students in the Northern Virginia area. The Subchapter has demonstrated at a number of events focused on captivating audiences both young and old and stimulating elementary, middle, and high school students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and math.

AFCEA NOVA Awards $9000 for STEM Education to Area Schools

AFCEA NOVA Education and Grant Committee awards discretionary grants in Fall and Spring of every year. We are pleased to announce a grant of nine thousand dollars to five area schools. The Fall 2011 grant winners are:

• James Madison High School
• Seneca Ridge Middle School
• Lake Braddock Secondary School
• Dominion High School
• Robinson Secondary School

“When Melissa Booker’s IB physics students found out that the robotics program was awarded this grant for purchase of equipment for them to work with… you could hear LOUD whoops of joy resonating inside and outside of Melissa’s classroom! The students were thrilled! Because of this grant, our physics students will have an opportunity to enter the Science Olympiad Robotics Competition that will take place on February 25th,” said Deb Duncan, Assistant Principal and High School Science Department Administrator, Robinson Secondary School.

Smithsonian Family Day Reception & Fly-In Viewing

AFCEA NOVA (The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association of Northern Virginia) has provided $350,000 in funding to the Fairfax County Public Schools and the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center to develop a four part series of “Electronic Field Trips” about the science and technology of aviation. The four episodes will provide a lasting resource to encourage the interest of children in math, science & engineering across the nation.

Supporting Heroines in Technology

AFCEA NOVA is proud to announce its co-sponsorship of the 10th annual Heroines in Technology gala presented by the March of Dimes

Heroines in Technology (HiT) recognizes and honors women in the field of technology for their dedication to community service. HiT brings the regional health and technology communities together to recognize outstanding women for their contributions to the community and their professions.

AFCEA NOVA is excited to partner with March of Dimes to support this worthy cause.

How You Can Help

Pathway Program at NVCC & GMU

At the September 6, 2007 Monthly Luncheon AFCEA NOVA, in conjunction with the AFCEA Intl Educational Foundation, presented a check for $20,000 to Northern Virginia Community College to help make college possible for more students in our region interested in studying math and science. The program, called Pathway to the Baccalaureate, provides local financially needy students the opportunity to attend Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), and, ultimately, enroll at George Mason University (GMU).

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