|The middle school presentations room was overflowing.|
Helping these all-volunteer nonprofits fits with exactly what we say we do as a university:
Through experiential learning, future-focused research, and an inclusive, spirited culture, Virginia Tech strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
Despite all the challenges of HVAC, room availability, parking lot yellow tape mazes, and 4 pizza
deliveries (over 40 pizzas), furniture shuffling, and more, we had really, really great outcomes.
Our interns counted the following:
- Over 70 middle and high school girls (some were in 5th grade)
- 11 volunteers
- 58 parents (estimated - not all stayed)
- 10 judges and special presenters
Of course we also heard a lot of "I didn't even realize this (campus) was here", which reveals another important outcome of these events.
A very big thanks to the Library staff who rescued the day when we discovered the HVAC schedule after the rooms had already been booked, invitations sent, and after a scramble to find space at George Mason ran into similar challenges.
Several sponsors from regional technology companies, nonprofits and government agencies were particularly impressed by the event, and suggested follow-up projects.