Thinkabit World of Work and Robocrafting Labs

The mission of the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region, is to serve Washington, D.C. area students, teachers, administrators, parents, and collaborators in technical career exploration and the hands-on electronic and programming foundations of IOT and Smart Cities sensors, actuators, and data collection and analysis. In doing so, we are preparing our future STEM workforce and our increasingly diverse, technology-driven community for jobs that may not yet exist. VT-Thinkabit will work with like-minded teams, organizations and individuals interested in promoting curiosity, innovation, creativity, and students’ self-actualization and self-determination.

Friday, February 1, 2019

New Fort Belvoir Army Museum

We're fortunate to have a growing relationship with Fort Belvoir and specifically the US Army Historical Society. Their museum will have an important STEM education opportunity to explore the history of technology.

wtop.com

wtop.com

PHOTOS: ‘America’s Army museum’ begins taking shape at Fort Belvoir | WTOP


 


  1. The National Museum of the U.S. Army will include 185,000 feet of artifacts, documents and exhibit space. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Recycling Dry-Erase Markers

We have almost 600 square feet of whiteboard spaces in our Lab, using 60 dry erase markers a day.  We started recycling at least one marker a day in 2018.


DON’T CHUCK THOSE MARKERS.

15 pounds of dead markers that will NOT end up in landfills or our oceans. Did you know that Crayola has a program called ColorCycle? Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers. That includes dry erase markers & highlighters. If you collect the dead markers, they’ll send you a free shipping label & youcan ship them back to Crayola to be recycled! Link to get started with this program: http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx This program is currently in the US & parts of Canada, check the FAQ's website  www.crayola.com/colorcycle/frequently-asked-questions.aspx  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

AAUW - Women Engineers Event - January 14



AAUW - Arlington VA Branch's photo.

AWE - Awesome Women Entrepreneurs

Public

January 14, Monday - The monthly AAUW Meeting will be at Arlington Mill Community Center at 7 p.m. Room 527 with socializing before and after the meeting which is open to the public.
This meeting will feature two incredible Arlington women who have started AWE – Awesome Women Entrepreneurs for women who run their own business. Starting in Arlington the organization is expanding around the country.

The founders, Karen Bate and Evelyn Powers, will explain to us how they got started and the

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

7 Skills for 2019

The gift of knowledge: 7 skills for 2019

Help your team minimize busywork and build meaningful careers

By Antoinette Siu

  • Employees need new skills to thrive in today’s rapidly changing workplace
  • Soft skills like leadership and adaptability are as important as coding and data analysis
  • Workers can acquire these new skills on the job or through independent programs
As technology and automation transform knowledge work, lifelong learning is becoming an essential component of any successful career. But with limited time, what chops should you and your team focus on?

Experts point to a core set of skills—from the technical to the social—that will help keep workers current and prepare them for continued professional growth. Some, like programming and

Friday, December 7, 2018

Teachers: Apply for a Hog Island Scholarship


ASNV Taking Applications Now for Educator Scholarship

ASNV is taking applications from public school educators for an all-expenses paid week of professional development, plus transportation, at National Audubon Society’s Hog Island Camp in Maine. The upcoming “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” occurs July 14-19, 2019. Highlights include ospreys, bioluminescent sea creatures, and boat trips to nearby islands—including the site of a puffin colony. 

Applicants must be public classroom teachers, specialists, or school administrators working in Fairfax, Loudoun, or Prince William counties or Alexandria City, Falls Church City, Manassas, Manassas Park, Leesburg, and Arlington.

To apply go to this Word application form or to this PDF application.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Arlington Magazine: Trade Schools and Apprenticeships

Trade Schools and Apprenticeships Are Making a Comeback

Why some students are rethinking the conventional college path and the value of hands-on experience.
Mike Frame at the Mercedes-Benz of Arlington service center. Photo by Benjamin C. Tankersley.

Mike Frame always knew he wanted to work with cars. His father and grandfather were both mechanics. So when Frame was a Yorktown High School student in the early 2000s, he enrolled in auto repair classes at the Arlington Career Center. The summer before his senior year, he landed an

Monday, November 12, 2018

Degrees vs Certifications, or both?

from CNBC @Work

The future of work won't be about college degrees, it will be about job skills

  • According to the survey Freelancing in America 2018, released Wednesday, 93 percent of freelancers with a four-year college degree say skills training was useful versus only 79 percent who say their college education was useful to the work they do now.
  • Sixty-five percent of children entering primary school will end up in jobs that don't yet exist, reveals the World Economic Forum.
  • The result is a proliferation of new, nontraditional education options.

Students walk across campus at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Tony Talbot | AP
Students walk across campus at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Twenty million students started college this fall, and this much is certain: The vast majority of them will be taking on debt — a lot of debt.

What's less certain is whether their degrees will pay off.

According to the survey Freelancing in America 2018, released Wednesday, freelancers put