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.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Irwin and Joan Jacobs visit to our Lab

Irwin and Joan Jacobs visited our Lab on Sunday, October 29.

Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Joan Jacobs, and Lab Director Dr. Jim Egenrieder.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Virginia Tech Maker Festival

Our doctoral student graduate assistant (GA) Wei and her daughter Arwen with a Halloween project.


October 28 Annual Maker Festival - 10am to 4pm

Our Lab is part of the annual Maker event again this year.  Please come.  Registration is not required.



Welcome!




The 3rd Annual Virginia Tech Maker Festival will take place on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 10AM - 4PM at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center (7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043).

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cedar Point Tech Lab Ribbon-Cutting Event

Our partner school in Bristow launches their Hub for outreach throughout Prince William County.

Our interns care...

One of our longest-serving interns, Haben Yohannes was featured in this month's Arlington Magazine, joined by her sister Brikiti (also now an intern).



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Collaboration with Cyberjutsu Girls Academy



WSC and Virginia Tech Thinkabit Lab Offer Hands-On STEM Workshops for Middle and High School Girls 
Media Contact: Jessica Gulick | 703-731-8678

Cyberjutsu Girls Academy Workshops will be held at the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech in Falls Church, VA
Arlington, VA. October 17, 2017—The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is excited to announce that WSC’s upcoming 2017–18 Cyberjutsu Girls Academy (CGA) Workshops will be in collaboration with and held at the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech. Located at Virginia Tech’s Falls Church, Virginia. The Thinkabit Lab is a combination of an engineering lab, makerspace and innovative learning space for participants of all backgrounds and age groups.
The Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, a 501(c)3 program, offers a wide range of workshops that are held once a month from November through June for middle school to high school-aged girls and young women to explore the many areas in technology and cybersecurity. These workshops provide a hands-on, fun and interactive environment for topics such as web design, mobile application development, computer fundamentals, programming and much more. The goal of the workshops is to increase girls’ competency and confidence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and CGA offers its workshops at minimal cost to students, encouraging all interested girls and young women to apply.
“The Thinkabit Lab’s goal of exposing students to hands-on STEM activities and careers makes it the perfect location for the Cyberjutsu Girls Academy Workshops,” said Jim Egenrieder, director of the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech, “and we are always supportive of smart, strategic collaborations to offer these important experiences to girls and young women.”  
WSC’s founder and CEO Lisa Jiggetts added, “We look forward to working with Virginia Tech and are

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Teach a Girl to tech Day - October 11, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

New IbQT Lab at Thomas Harrison MS

The ribbon-cutting ceremonies for our new Inspired by Qualcomm Thinkabit Labs in Harrisonburg at Skyline MS and Thomas Harrison MS took place yesterday, thanks to our partnership led by Amy Sabarre.

Here are photos of the two rooms of the new Lab at Thomas Harrison MS:

The new engineering lab at Thomas Harrison MS.
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First year data highlights

Contact Jim Egenrieder for a complete summary of first-year participation data:


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thinakbit Lab at Smart Cities


Susie Armstrong welcomed Smart Cities Conference attendees interested in the Inspired by Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab program.  We made several great connections in cities and universities throughout the U.S.A.


Monday, October 2, 2017