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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Support for Urban Alliance

If you've ever had an internship, especially one that changed your career or life more generally, please consider supporting life-changing internships for under-resourced youth supported by one of my favorite non-profits, The Urban Alliance.


Debbie, an Urban Alliance intern at our Virginia Tech Arlington Advanced Research Center, had people in tears describing her internship experience at tonight's fundraiser.

You can support interns like Debbie at https://www.spring2action.org/p2p/38785/team-nova

There are other ways to support these interns, including mentoring an intern at your work, or sponsoring an internship at an Arlington, Alexandria, or Fairfax nonprofit. Send an email to us at Thinkabit@vt.edu or Workforce@vt.edu, or contact Urban Alliance directly at https://theurbanalliance.org/locations/northern-virginia/ 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Capture the Flag Workshops, May through August

Our Cyberjutsu Girls Academy partner is now offering Summer Capture the Flag (CTF) Workshops for 8th-12th grade young ladies in collaboration with and held here at the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech. 

The workshops will be held monthly from May to August and are designed to teach foundational skills needed for competing in CTF cyber competitions. 



For more details, see https://womenscyberjutsu.org/mpage/CGA_CTF_WKSHP18

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Thinkabit Lab at SEAS Conference at George Mason University

Virginia's First Lady, Pamela Northam visited while students from George Mason University and Madison HS explored how traffic engineering can be used in social engineering to facilitate environmentally preferred outcomes.