Biotechnology & Engineering Service Hour Questions and Answers

If you have questions about completing Biotechnology & Engineering service hours, view the Frequently Asked Questions page where you may very well find the answers to your questions. If you are still unsure, please e-mail Mrs. Walton at .

View documentation forms and information about how to submit your Biotech & Engineering hours.

Biotechnology & Engineering Hours Opportunities

Summer Reading Opportunities

Visit the Summer Reading page to find out what books to read and what the reflection requires so that you can earn 20 more hours over the summer!

Need more hours during school closure?

Students are welcome and encouraged to go back and read any of the summer reading, or Biotech book club readings and complete the write-ups, for 10 hours each. As long as you've not previously submitted a write-up for that book, you are welcome to choose any of the books. Need an idea for a new book? Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Lawlor or Mrs. Coleman for suggestions! Tell them you're in Biotech and looking for a book to fulfill this requirement, and they will steer you in the right direction. Please e-mail your write-ups directly to Mrs. Walton. No need to log them on the log sheet. 

Virtual STEM Summer Camps 

Northern Virginia Community College is hosting virtual STEM camps, starting June 1. Going Virtual provides the opportunity to explore STEM and the engineering design process from home. The new curriculum includes hands-on projects for a variety of topics for elementary to high school age students. Camps are 1-2 weeks with 1-3 hours of daily online instruction throughout the summer.
Visit to register.

Biofest 2020

Biotech students are invited to attend Biofest 2020 on Thursday, February 20, at 6:30pm, in the Science department to earn 5 Biotech service hours! Students will have time from 6:30-8pm to view projects completed by our Biotech Biology and Chemistry students. Every Biotech student that attends will earn five biotechnology hours. Students who present will earn 10 hours. 

Upcoming STEM Events


Hackathon Event Hosted at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) February 14-16, 2020 Website:

2020 Engineering Youth Conference

Hosted by George Mason University (GMU) February 16, 2020, 09:00AM-02:00PM Website:

Cybersecurity Awareness Day

Hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) March 3, 2020, 09:00AM-12:00PM Registration Link: 

CSTA NoVA Inaugural Computer Science Summit

Hosted by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Northern Virginia, March 7, 2020, 08:45AM-12:00PM Website:

HooHacks 2020

Hackathon Event Hosted by the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Engineering March 28-29, 2020, Website:

NOVA STEM Day – Manassas Campus

Hosted by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) April 18, 2020, 10:00AM-03:00PM, Website:

SheSoft 2019-20 Championship

Championship, Conference, Key Dates, Website:



George Mason University 2020 Engineering Youth Conference

George Mason University is inviting you and your students to the 2020 Engineering Youth Conference. The conference will be held at George Mason University Fairfax Campus on Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 09:00AM to 02:00PM.

The conference will host a variety of guest speakers, including Atif Qarni, Virginia Secretary of Education, Deborah Crawford, Vice President of Research at George Mason University, and Diane G. Miller,  InfoSec Operations and Identity Management Director of Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development Programs at Northrop Grumman. During the conference, there will be numerous sessions of different focus areas in technology and engineering, including computer science/technology, cybersecurity, bioengineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and systems engineering. There will also be several exhibits for participants to view and see.

To register or view more information, visit the below:

For any questions or inquiries, please contact our team at

Science Fair Judges Needed

Local middle schools are in need of Science Fair judges for their upcoming events. Please see each fair's information below. Students who judge will receive 5 Biotech service hours for each fair judged.

Graham Park Middle School - February 12, 2020, from 3-5pm. Students must be in 10th grade or higher. Please click here to sign up:

Gainesville Middle School - February 13, 2020, from 3-5pm. Contact Mrs. Walton to sign up.
Marsteller Middle School - February 13, 2020, from 3-5pm. Contact Mrs. Walton to sign up.

Cisco Networking Academy Coursework

Cisco offers a variety of free coursework for students from Introduction to Cyber Security to Linux Essentials. Please visit their site to sign up.

Cisco Women Rock-IT 
Join us for the FREE "Women Rock-IT" live TV broadcasts and hear from some "Rock'in" women who have challenged stereotypes and turned their passion for technology into rewarding and successful careers. Our speakers are in different occupations and businesses. You will soon learn, IT is a world of possibilities and a technology career can be as varied, exciting, and as glamorous as you want it to be. Join our events and connect with the women who Rock-IT. Visit their site here

2019 Youth Summit and Technology Expo - Leadership Information Technology

Join us for a powerful day of learning, exciting activities, community service and fun! This summit is free and specifically targeted to young adults in middle and high school. The event will be Saturday, November 16, from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Online registration is available by visiting

Biotech Quarterly Book Club

The book club is getting an update! This year, students are invited to visit the school library and speak to one of our wonderful Librarians, Mrs. Lawlor or Mrs. Coleman. The Librarians will help you choose a book that meets the requirements for the activity but that also matches your interests. Please visit them each quarter to get your book and complete the generic reflection at the bottom of this page. 


Children's Science Center Volunteer Opportunities

The Children’s Science Center offers our youth several different opportunities to volunteer and develop leadership skills.  Depending on your age, interest, and time available to volunteer, there are a variety of options below.  Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the Volunteer Application. If you have specific questions, please contact us. Click here to learn more about their volunteer opportunities.

Fort McHenry Field Day

Saturday, September, 28, 2019: Give a day for the Bay! Join the Aquarium Conservation Team for a field day at the Fort McHenry wetland. We will maintain pollinator and rain gardens, remove debris from the wetlands and much more. Data collected from this event will contribute to the International Coastal Cleanup.

Please note that space is limited, and registration will close when the event is full. Click here to register. If you have registered and find that you are unable to attend, please contact

Preregistration is required for this event. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. All volunteers under 18 years old will need to be supervised by an adult.

UVA Society of Women Engineers High School Visitation Day

Every fall and spring, high school girls from all over Virginia visit UVA to experience what it's like to be an engineering student at UVA. They spend the day participating in various activities such as a lab tours, majors fair, design activity, and a professional panel. These events give the girls a look at the different engineering fields as well as the engineering design process, and they can help the students decide if they would like to pursue STEM in the future.

The Fall session of the program is geared towards high school seniors, but juniors and sophomores are invited to apply as well. The Spring session is geared towards high school juniors.

Interested students may also be given the opportunity to stay overnight in a UVA dorm with a SWE member. Students who have previously applied to HSV, are in the targeted grade level, and demonstrate a strong interest in engineering during the essay will receive priority acceptance due to space limitations.

If you have further questions, please contact us at or visit 

The Fall 2019 session will be held on November 16, 2019. Applications open September 9, 2019. 


Women in Technology with BAE Systems

WiT is a collaborative partnership between BAE Systems and local high schools. The program allows female students to work with their peers and explore a variety of technical careers in a team environment with support and guidance from BAE Systems employees. The program offers mentorship, support, and hands-on learning opportunities for female high school students interested in pursuing STEM careers. Click here to learn more

How to Apply
Apply online at Application Criteria: High school female junior or senior • Interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 

Click here for the paper application.
Click here for the WiT schedule. 


Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12.

Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits.

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.

Our online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th for 10th – 12th grade students to apply.

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology

The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University (ODU), University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Tech (VT) and the Commonwealth of Virginia.   The program was funded by the General Assembly with the purpose of increasing the number of high school graduates who pursue STEM careers by increasing students' access to STEM enrichment experiences. Applications will be available mid-November. Please visit the BLAST website for more information.

Army Educational Outreach Program - STEM Apprenticeship Opportunities for High School Students

The Army Educational Outreach program apprenticeships provide a unique opportunity for high school and undergraduate students to conduct real-world, Army-sponsored research alongside scientists and engineers in world-class facilities. They inspire students to pursue further education and careers in STEM. Visit the Army Educational Outreach program website for more information. A brief description of each program is included below.

Research & Engineering Program (REAP)

A commuter summer STEM program that places talented high school students from groups historically under-represented and under-served in STEM. Research apprenticeships take place at universities. REAP apprentices work on a hands-on research project under the direct supervision of a mentor.

High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)

A commuter summer STEM program, open to current high school juniors and seniors with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office. Through this summer commuter program, students will develop skills in critical science and engineering research areas.

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

A commuter summer program that matches practicing Department of Defense (DOD) scientists with talented high school students creating a direct mentor-student relationship. SEAP participants receive first-hand research experience and exposure to DOD laboratories.

Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars Course

Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars (VESSS) is a free program that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn up to five transferable college credits by engaging in a NASA developed course using an Environmental/Earth Science theme. The Online course teaches a broad range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning. Based on course performance, scholars may be selected to participate in an all expense paid seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center. 

Biotechnology & Engineering Book Club

Students interested in earning 10 Biotech & Engineering hours should participate in the Biotechnology & Engineering book club. Each quarter, a different book will be assigned. Students will earn 10 hours for reading the book and completing a book report and can earn an additional two hours for attending the book discussions. Quarterly book selections, due dates, and instructions for the quarterly reports are below. All reports should be handed in to the Biotechnology & Engineering drop box in the Satellite Office by the due date.

Your book reflection must be typed and include the following information:

  • Your name and grade
  • The book's title
  • The name of the author
  • A description of the setting of the book
  • A description of the main character
  • A thorough description of what happened in the book
  • A thorough explanation of how science was used in the book and if it was reasonable and ethical
  • Your opinion of the book

Please check back for the list of books for the 2019-20 school year.