NOVA Team History


On Saturday, February 9th 2013 a VEX college team was formed.

Saturday, February 9th 2013 a VEX college team was formed. During a Prince William County Middle School VEX Tournament, Nick Reeves, a former high school VEX veteran, approached Mr. Bill Willis about the possibility of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) hosting a Robotics Team. Bill Willis talked with Amy Harris, Director of SySTEMic Solutions, about sponsoring a team. Amy gave a verbal confirmation that day, and with 2 other VEX veterans Matt Rheinstein and Oscar McCullough on board, the team was building and focused on attending the 2013 VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California.

Through the generous support of NOVA, SySTEMic Solutions, Micron Foundation, and Bill Willis, the NOVA team became the first college team in the state of Virginia to compete at the World Championships.

Today of the original members have welcomed 17 new students and established chapters at the Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, and Woodbridge campuses. They are working on building and programming robots and fundraising to get as many team members as possible to Louisville, KY for the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championships once qualified. The NOVA Robotics Team is proud that in 2013 they were the first college team in Virginia to compete at the VEXU World Championships. In 2014 NOVA Robotics brought home the state’s first VEXU Tournament Champion and the prestigious VEXU Design Award at the World Championships this past April in Anaheim CA. The team is hard at work on their Engineering notebook and updating their website as well as volunteering and mentoring local middle and high schools.

We are very grateful to the many people who support the NOVA Robotics members. They are the village that stands behind us, and we would not be a team without their help. Thank you to NOVA Community College, SySTEMic Solutions, the Micron Foundation, and our newest sponsor, Stilwell Technology and Robotics. We look forward to a successful season!