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Listed below are STEM related events and activities that are offered all over the region. While most are put on through local K12 schools, universities, museums and organizations, some are specifically sponsored by JMU. We hope to see you there!

October 6

International Day of Design

Harrisonburg City Schools will have a ribbon cutting and Grand Opening for two new makerspaces at Thomas Harrison Middle School and Skyline Middle School. These Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ labs are designed with students in mind. The event is open to the public. Contact Amy Sabarre at for more information.

October 21

Capital One Coders Experience
8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Showker Hall, James Madison University
421 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Registration is Required

With Virginia well on its way to becoming a leader in the technology industry, James Madison University is working with the Virginia Secretary of Technology and Capital One to generate interest at an early age, specifically for girls. The Coders Experiences are geared toward middle school girls in grades 6-8, and provide an exciting opportunity for them to begin investing in their future. We are pleased to announce that registration for this year’s Coders Experiences has launched! These one-day events will take place at 10 different college campuses and educational centers around the state, with the JMU event scheduled for October 21st. Our goal is to get 100 girls who are interested in technology to attend at each location. This translates to 1,000 middle schoolers around the state gaining tech knowledge and confidence! Girls will participate in hands-on mobile app creation, mentor-led design thinking and a chance to win a FREE trip to the #WITexperience on November 15th in Richmond, where they will continue to develop their coding skills.

October 28

Maker Energy Faire
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Eastern View High School, Culpeper, VA

Culpeper County Public Schools is collaborating with Career Partners, Inc. to hold its first MakerEnergy Faire.  The MakerEnergy Faire is gathering fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and those who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, the MakerEnergy Faire is the venue to showcase hobbies, experiments, and projects. The Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and will include CCPS students in grades k-12. Individuals, groups or businesses interested in “Making”, volunteering or sponsoring, please complete the online registration form. Contact Brian Foster at or Cathy Uribe at for more information.


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