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.

Monday, January 22, 2018

AT&T and Verizon 5G


5g

from Business Insider.

AT&T's and Verizon's 5G networks are coming this year, and your internet speeds will be insanely fast when they arrive.

AT&T announced that it would begin rolling out its mobile 5G network later this year.

That now makes for two major telecommunication companies in the US that will offer 5G networks in 2018, as Verizon said late last year that it would also be rolling out its 5G network.

Verizon and AT&T haven't explicitly stated the speeds we can expect when their 5G networks arrive, but we know that they will be much faster the 4G LTE mobile networks we have today. And they even have the potential to be faster than wired internet connections, too.

When the 5G wireless standard hits the mainstream, our mobile and home internet speeds have the potential to be so fast that we'll be downloading 4K movies, games, apps, and any other large form of content at a fraction of the time.

More here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thinkabit Intern recognized by Urban Alliance

         Intern of the week: Nina Le!

Nina Le is this week's UA Intern of the Week!  Nina interns at our Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech under the leadership of her mentor Jim Egenrieder. 


Nina has been doing an exceptional job, forming formed meaningful bonds with interns from her group and from other schools, demonstrating great interpersonal skills. 
Jim described her as the prefect liaison and diplomat who makes everyone feel connected regardless of where they’re from and always willing to help others with their assigned projects. 



Friday, January 5, 2018

CSC Meteorology Workshop - January 6

Got an aspiring meteorologist in your family? WUSA Channel 9 Winter Weather Workshop this Saturday with meteorologists Topper Shutt and Melissa Nord.

More details at
https://childsci.org/event/wusa9-winter-weather-workshop/
— at Children's Science Center.

Monday, January 1, 2018

JC Parry - Aviation, Technology and Engineering Education, and Technical Drawing Teacher

JC Parry, Aviation and Engineering Teacher
JC Parry was a long-serving Aviation and Engineering teacher in several schools in Arlington Public Schools:  the Arlington Career Center, the Governor's STEM Academy in Arlington, and H-B Woodlawn.  He died last night on New Year's Eve, after a 2.5 year battle with pancreatic cancer.  A memorial service is planned for JC on February 10, which would have been his 70th birthday.

The STEM acronym was created in Arlington in 2001.  And JC Parry was an important part of just about every STEM initiative in Northern Virginia in that first decade and beyond.  He pioneered many statewide courses in Engineering Education, and participated in all of our regional Math in CTE (Career and Technical Education), and STEM and CTE programs promoting interdisciplinary teaching.

Of course, as an Air Force Captain and engineer, JC inspired many young pilots in Arlington, who secured their initial pilot license through him.  Many also had their first flying experience with JC, as he regularly volunteered his time on weekends at the Manassas Airport.


JC was a foundational instructor for the first Governor's Career and Technical Academy (in Arlington), the Governor's STEM Academy that became the foundation for Arlington Tech in 2016.  He was a leader in dual enrollment initiatives with Northern Virginia Community College, and he was my go-to teacher for piloting initiatives for the new Northern Virginia STEM program, Systemic Solutions, back in 2013.  He helped us significantly with the many other regional initiatives, always offering his classroom for Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce meetings, many pilot programs for Arlington Community Learning, and connecting parents and the businesses community to the Arlington Career Center.

We started teaching together at the Career Center together at the turn of the century, and even shared an office for several years.

Jim Egenrieder  -  JimE@vt.edu