YOUTH TECHNOLOGY EXPO HELD IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA ASTEAM (Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)

12/19/2016 3:35 PM | Anonymous

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               Media Contact: Deborah Pankey-Mebane
November 21, 2016                                                                                      Cell: 410-206-8082


ASTEAM (Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)


Alexandria, Virginia The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL), in partnership with Smart Learning Solutions, hosted an ASTEAM Fall Family Carnival on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, Alexandria, VA. Over 400 children, families, community members, and volunteers, were in attendance.

The free community expo, with hands on learning activities for children and families, featured a fun-filled day of Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The primary purpose of the event was to reach minority, low-income, and at-risk youth in the Northern Virginia community as well as to introduce and broaden awareness of STEM education for career exploration, critical thinking and academic achievement for students.

Organizations that provided instructors to the ASTEAM component of the expo included: 5Starr Enterprise and Productions, Cyber Green Group, Deilab, Destiny Aviation Services, Katrina Lynn Educational Services, Inc., Metro Warriors Stem Organization, NASA, Propel Productions Center, Race Tech, and The Society, Inc.

Verizon served as the event sponsor and Douglas E. Brammer, Manager of Government Affairs, gave remarks and presented a $10,000 sponsorship check. Mr. Brammer stated “Verizon looks for strategic partners with whom we can invest to have the greatest impact on our communities.  This is a great alignment between Verizon’s mission from a STEM perspective and NOVAUL’s mission from a STEM perspective.”  NOVAUL Board Chair, Tracey Walker acknowledged the support of Verizon and Comcast.  She commented “The community is in need of programs that broaden and cultivate children in STEM education. ASTEAM is the foundation for the future.  NOVAUL will continue to serve as a conduit to expose our youth to academic and career opportunities for the 21st Century.” Frito-Lay and PepsiCo served as the refreshment sponsor.

Special guests in attendance included: City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; Director, James Spengler; Manager, William Chesley; and former mayor of Alexandria, William D. Euille,  

For additional information about the Northern Virginia Urban League, visit or call 703-836-2858.



The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Our mission is to enable Northern Virginia minorities and other disadvantaged communities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights through program services and effective advocacy. Established in 1990, NOVAUL is one of 94 affiliates of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans and other underrepresented minorities to enter the economic and social mainstream.

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