In the fall of 2011, the Centennial year of Kappa Alpha Psi's birth, the Alexandria-Fairfax (AF) Alumni Chapter's Robotics team successfully competed in the "For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" (FIRST) Lego Robotics competition. The AF Robotics team began practicing in March 2011, under the direction of Brothers Marcel P. Anderson (Nu Lambda FA '07 initiate) and Marco Jacobs (Alexandria-Fairfax Spring '11 initiate), for the November 2011 competition.
The AF Robotics team is the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused Guide Right initiative in the AF Alumni chapter. This initiative is committed to enhancing the involvement of underrepresented youth in STEM related fields. Out of the thirty-four teams that participated in the regional FIRST competition, only two teams were comprised of all African- American youth. At the end of the day, the AF Robotics team was one of those two all African-American teams, the only nonschool sponsored team, and the winner of the Judges Award. The Judges Award is given to the team who embodies the core values of the FIRST Lego Robotics Competition, which are: Teamwork, Discovery, Friendly Competition, Professionalism, Cooperation, and Fun. For the first year of AF Robotics, we accomplished much and we expect even greater things in the future.
On Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 8:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.,The NOVA STEM Alliance, The Alexandria-Fairfax(VA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, and the Mount Vernon High School Pyramid are hosting the 3rd annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, (STEM) Festival at the Mount Vernon High School, located on 8515 old Mt. Vernon Rd, Alexandria, VA 22309. The STEM Festival's main purpose is to generate awareness of STEM career opportunities for underrepresented youths in the Northern Virginia Area. Additionally, this Festival ededucated parents on the importance of involving their students in STEM educational programming.
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