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Old Dominion's chapter of the Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) won a grant from the National Education Association to host an ODU STEM Day on campus for 100 local students in grades four to eight.

In partnership with the Granby High Future Teachers of America Club and the ODU Peninsula Higher Education Center, STEM Day featured classes and hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math led by university faculty members.

The SVEA chapter received a $1,000 CLASS (Community Learning through America's Schools) grant from the NEA's Student Program to fund the program, and the ODU student organization hopes to continue the project in succeeding years by bringing STEM Day to students at their own schools.

Most of the students who came to the campus on March 2 were from Norfolk schools, but others also attended from Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton and Virginia Beach.

The ODU students plan to evaluate this year's project by interviewing and surveying the children, professors and volunteers who take part in ODU STEM Day.

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Published on: March 1, 2013