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.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Aisha is the Urban Alliance Intern of the Week

Urban Alliance recognized our own Aisha Ali this week.

UA Intern of the Week: Aisha Ali

Aisha interns at Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech under the leadership of her mentor, Dr. Jim Egenrieder. Aisha’s mentor stated that she has emerged as a leader at Virginia Tech Lab. She is modest, but uncommonly thoughtful, intuitive, and competent in everything she tries. The Thinkabit Lab setting is admittedly more like graduate school or a tech startup than perhaps a traditional work place, but her mentor stated that she can thrive anywhere.

Her mentor also also stated that “Aisha is the go-to person for special research projects, but also a skilled designer, programmer, and troubleshooter that regularly volunteers to teach others. She has a great sense of humor and is thoroughly enjoyable as a collaborator.” Dr. Egenrieder looks forward to any opportunity to advance Aisha’s education and career interest. He stated, “I knows that she will make me proud to have been a very small part of her many inevitable successes.”

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Harrisonburg STEM Office (and Thinkabit Labs) wins Title 4 grant


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Our colleague Amy Sabarre will be sending 20 teachers to CTA for computer coursework, then developing a 1-week summer school curriculum for summer school students around CS, cyber hygiene, internet safety, and social media.

Amy is also working on a vertical map of CS integrations for elementary and middle in HCPS. She is a prominent example of how all of our Thinkabit partnerships take us in new, better, broader directions.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Dogwood 4th grade Engineers

Photos courtesy of Dogwood Elementary School.

Our university teaching lab regularly has visitors from 8 to 88, from kindergartners to doctoral students to retired lifelong learners. These photos are from 4th grade engineers from Dogwood Elementary School, one of our favorite partner schools.

(With Wei Sun, Jackie Kwon, Mark Moseley, Terry Freeman, Elise Barth, and Tara Murphy). - Photos by Jackie.