2017 Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit

March 1 & 2

@ the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, Danville, VA


The Student Day, March 1, will consist of student exploratory sessions that help students explore STEM-H fields through handson activities, problem solving, and discussion. Students will hear from this year's Student Keynote, Rory Aronson, social entrepreneur & innovator behind the FarmBot. Students will be inspired to consider their career options within STEM-H and the societal problems they can tackle by gaining technical skills in these fields..

This year's Educator & Community/Industry Leader Day, March 2, will be packed with fantastic workshops for K-12 educators! Educator attendees will leave energized and well equipped with new resources and curriculum to implement in their classrooms. Educators, business, and community members will hear from our distinguished keynote speaker the Honorable Secretary of Education, Dr. Dietra Trent and have time to network and discuss opportunities for collaboration for the advancement of STEM-H education and workforce development in southern Virginia. Additionally, we will recognize the nominees and winners of this year's Southern Virginia STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement Awards.


Student Day- March 1

@ the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville, VA

   8:15-9:00am:  Check-in & Visit with Exhibitors (Atrium)

   8:50-9:00am:  Welcome 

   9:10-10:40am:  Exploratory Session 1

   10:50am-12:20pm:  Exploratory Session 2

   12:30-1:30pm: Keynote Luncheon- Rory Aronson

   1:30-2:00pm:  Networking Challenge with Exhibitors and Session Leaders

   2:00-2:15pm:  Closing Remarks (Door Prizes)


*Tentative schedule of events; the exact timing of the program elements may change slightly as Exploratory Sessions & other program elements are confirmed.


Read more to see the SIXTEEN Student Exploratory Sessions offered at this year's Summit!

Read More Student Day

Educator and Community/Industry Leader Day- March 2

@ the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville, VA

Read More for a listing of all the fantastic workshops that will be offered this year!!


Read More Educator & Industry Day


Are you a K-12 STEM-H educator? Are you an employer with a need for a STEM-skilled workforce? Please consider joining us for the 5th Annual SOVA STEM-H Summit, March 2, 2017. We'll be recognizing exemplary partnerships and efforts being made in STEM-H education in our region and providing educators and community & industry members an opportunity to discuss possible collaborations. 

(Community and/or industry attendee registration helps subsidize the cost for teacher attendees!)



The Southern Virginia STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement Awards will be presented on March 2. We will recognize all award nominees and announce the award recipients in four categories:

  • Community Champion for STEM-H Education
  • STEM-H Educator of the Year
  • Innovative STEM-H Program of the Year
  • Elite STEM-H Education & Industry Partnership Award

Please consider submitting a nomination.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

This event would be impossible without the generosity & support of our sponsors. Sponsorship donations allow us to offer this wonderful program to our regional students completely free of charge. Please consider showing your support of STEM-H education by becoming a sponsor of the 2017 Summit.

If your organization supports students or educators in STEM-H we hope you'll consider participating in this year's event as an Exhibitor. Exhibitors are welcome to exhibit for one or both days of the Summit and are highly encouraged to present.