Exploring Technical Careers and College, Programming, Engineering Design,and Creative Robotics
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.
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
workplaceSoft skills like leadership and adaptability are as
important as coding and data analysisWorkers 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
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.
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A micro:bit is a tiny, programmable computer made by the BBC and it retails for under $25 CDN! With the weaker Canadian dollar a single MaKey MaKey sells for around $75 these days. That means for the price of one MaKey MaKey, you could buy three micro:bits!
The micro:bit website is filled with downloadable programs for the tiny computer. One program allows you to create a “banana keyboad,” aka a MaKey MaKey. Simply download the script, attached a few alligator clips to the micro:bit, and voilà, you have just made a much more affordable MaKey MaKey!
If you own a micro:bit and want to try this experiment, you can find the instructions here.