Retro Video Game competition to benefit Sylvania STEM Center

Daily Dose  |  01/10/2018 9:00 am

The Sylvania STEM Center is turning back the clock and having a classic video game competition to raise money for their organization.  The event will be held at the Nederhouser Community Hall at Olander Park (6930 Sylvania Ave) on February 10th.  The night will consist of a dinner catered by Calvino’s, a cash bar and a retro-video game competition. Prizes for top game player!  Attendants can also bid on silent auction items donated by several area businesses.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on their website at

“We thought it would be a fun event that people could hearken back to their youth.  It’s gonna be a little different than other fundraisers and I think it can be a fun date night,” says Tom Burnworth, Director of Operations at the Sylvania STEM Center.

The Sylvania STEM Center’s mission is to encourage young people to become science and technology leaders of the future by engaging them in exciting mentor-led after school competitive team based programs.  These programs aim to inspire innovation and build self-confidence, leadership and communication skills that will help them become our future innovators.  Since opening the Sylvania STEM Center in 2015 more than 2,100 students from 1st through 12th grade throughout Northwest, Ohio have participated in the center’s summer camps, teams, and competitions.  The Sylvania STEM Center recently moved into 3500 sq. ft. facility at 3315 Centennial Rd.  The new facility enables them the space to serve the growing demand from students.  

In addition, the Sylvania STEM Center is hosting a FIRST LEGO League tournament in the Bowling Green State University’s Student Union.  The top 20 teams from three qualifying tournaments will be competing on January 13th. The theme is Hydro Dynamics.  Teams were asked to identify a problem in the human water chain and develop an innovative solution to that problem. They are also challenged to design, build and program an autonomous EV-3 Mindstorms robot to navigate an obstacle course and perform tasks which score points.  The top teams from this tournament will go on to compete in the state tournament in Dayton.

Check out for more information on the history of the Sylvania STEM Center and what they do for Northwest Ohio students.