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, July 26, 2019

Interesting STEM Job openings

from Kaye Storm (be sure to click "More..." at the bottom of this post to see the whole list):

Stanford University has an opening for Associate Director of Biosciences Diversity Programs. The Office of Graduate Education (OGE) in the School of Medicine provides centralized programs, services, and advocacy that empower all Biosciences PhD and masters students and the faculty and staff who support them in order to enhance the training experience. We promote the development of community and personal resilience through a lens of diversity, inclusion and equity.  We work to diversify the Biosciences through outreach and training.  The Associate Director of Biosciences Diversity Programs (Student Services Officer 3) will provide leadership for diversity and inclusion focused initiatives within the Office of Graduate Education that meet the needs of diverse PhD and Masters students in the biosciences, and engage with partners within the School, across Stanford and externally to develop, identify, and disseminate best practices for fostering inclusion in graduate education. The Associate Director will directly administer the Biosciences ADVANCE Summer, Academic Year, and Undergraduate Institutes—comprehensive year-round programs aimed at promoting the professional, academic, and personal development of underrepresented, disadvantage, and other vulnerable student populations in the biosciences.  They will also represent OGE at conferences and numerous school recruiting visits that seek to increase interest in the Biosciences by a diverse group of potential applicants. Read more.

Stanford also has an opening for an 
Associate Director of Educational Programs in the office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Working under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Provost, the successful candidate will develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the Office of the VPGE, specifically, Graduate Professional Development, SGSI (Stanford Graduate Summer Institute), and Funding Programs. Participation in strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development is also expected. Read more.


The Center for Science and the Schools at Penn State has openings for two STEM Education Outreach Specialist: These are 48-week appointments at the Instructor or Assistant Teaching Professor level. Both are fixed term appointments funded for one year from date of hire with an excellent possibility of re-funding.

·         STEM Education Outreach Specialist (Computer Science education focus): Primary responsibilities of the position include: assisting Penn State science and engineering (particularly computer science/ engineering) faculty in designing and implementing programs that support K-12 teachers’ learning, particularly the computer science that is related to their research; modeling best pedagogical approaches; writing portions of grant proposals that include computer science; engaging in design, management, implementation, and evaluation of CSATS teacher professional development programs, and contributing to the state-level efforts to improve computer science teaching and learning (e.g., serve on CS for All PA committee). Read more.

·         STEM Education Outreach Specialist (Elementary education focus): Responsibilities also include: Developing ways to translate research related to science and science education into the school context; Designing and implementing STEM-focused professional development for K-12 teachers, with a particular emphasis on elementary-level educators; Collecting and analyzing data for evaluation; and Supporting existing and future CSATS projects as needed. Read more.


Ancestry in San Francisco is seeking a Genetic Communication Scientist as part of a major effort to use genomics to shed light on human diversity, origins, relationships, and human health. This position will focus on our development and communication of information related to each of these fields. This scientist will research genetic topics and write content that is accurate, clear, and appeals to a broad audience and create content to communicate information to the general population concerning what personalized genomics can tell customers about themselves. Read more.


iBiology, a non-profit organization in San Francisco dedicated to the free, worldwide dissemination of scientific knowledge in the life sciences, has two openings:
·         Assistant Director of Research Talks and Outreach will continue iBiology's efforts to develop high quality scientific talks and science videos, and disseminate them to our worldwide audience. Read more.
·         Career and Professional Development Fellow will continue to develop our efforts in providing high quality career and professional development courses and videos for life scientists. This is a 10-12 month fellowship for individuals interested in gaining real-world experience in developing, marketing, and evaluating online science education resources for life science graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. Read more.

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.

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.


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: This program is currently in the US & parts of Canada, check the FAQ's website  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

AAUW - Women Engineers Event - January 14

AAUW - Arlington VA Branch's photo.

AWE - Awesome Women Entrepreneurs


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