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.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Girls' CyberJutsu STEM Programs Return

Typically on the second Saturdays of each month, these programs introduce girls to everything from computer repairs to robotics to wearable technology over 9 months.

Learn more at

Monday, October 8, 2018

Our new logo is available.

Any partners using our old logo can (and should) update as soon as possible.  We're happy to help with a vector version.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Programming Languages used at Work

This may under-represent a trend toward Python reported elsewhere.

Tech Pros Name Programming Languages They Use at Work

Many entities track the popularity of programming languages, but their sources of data are sometimes a bit obscure. A new survey of tech pros in the enterprise space gives us a better idea of who is using which language.

Cloud Foundry queried ‘IT Decision Makers’ (or ITDMs) on which languages were in use at their companies. It allowed for more than one language to be listed by those tech pros, and then weighed the responses as a percentage. It says over 25 languages were mentioned, but over half “are used so infrequently as to receive a single-digit percentage.”

As you can see in the chart below, Java is king. More tech pros report using Java than any other language. Another popular option: JavaScript, which made the largest percentage gain (three percent) in the 5-6 months between Cloud Foundry’s surveys. C++ also shows improved use.

But some popular languages fell short, too. Python reported the largest percentage dip on the list,

Friday, September 14, 2018

Traffic Engineering Professors Visit from China

In collaboration with the Triway Group in Falls Church, we shared US Strategies in HOT (high occupancy toll) Lanes with visiting professors from the Tianjin Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute.  Our widely regarded Dr. Kevin Heaslip visited from his new home in Blacksburg to lead the discussion deespite the threats from Hurricane Florence.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Unsolicited Bid to Redevelop the VT/UVA Falls Church Graduate Center Site

Rushmark Makes Unsolicited Bid to Redevelop UVa/VT Grad Center Site - Falls Church News-Press Online

CONCEPT RENDERINGS of the West Falls Church Economic Development Project by Rushmark (top) and EYA submitted along with their proposals to the City of Falls Church. (Images: Rushmark, EYA)
CORRECTION: According to WMATA, EYA “is not under contract to WMATA to re-design the West Falls Church Metro Station, nor is there a joint development agreement currently in place for this station.” The News-Press apologizes for the error.
In conjunction with its submittal of its final detailed proposal for the dense economic development of 10 acres at the West Falls Church high school campus, the Rushmark team that built the 300 W. Broad building (with its Harris Teeter) has made an unsolicited bid to redevelop the 7.4-acre Virginia Tech/University of Virginia graduate center site adjacent its 10-acre plan.
The news broke with the issuance of a press release from the F.C. City Hall Wednesday that announced the receipt on Aug. 29 of the detailed proposals from two groups, Rushmark and the team of EYA, Regency and PN Hoffman, for the development of the coveted 10 acre site. Near its end, the press release quietly noted that “Virginia Tech has announced

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Urban Alliance Public Speaking Challenge

Dima Al Falahi

Urban Alliance hosts a Public Speaking Challenge for our Washington DC area interns each year.

They give a $100 bonus to those who are in the top 20% of the rubric metrics.  

Of course we like hearing or seeing the reflections shared by our interns just as much as the great work they do for us.

Nina Le

Jose Perez

Friday, June 15, 2018

Augmented Reality in Falls Church City Public Schools

Last summer our H-B Woodlawn and Yorktown high school interns Ben, Bryan, Alex and Eddy built an augmented reality sandbox with one of long-time favorite teachers Carey Pollock and some great folks from NoVa Labs (retired engineers Nick Carter and Sharon Dempsey).  The NoVa Labs folks built their own the following semester.

Carey aimed even higher, developing a plan with a detailed budget that could be replicated by teachers confidently.  She also applied for funding from the Falls Church Education Fund, which always seems receptive to integrated science and technology learning projects. 

Carey's students finished this week.