Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Day 3 Speakers from Qualcomm

 Volunteers from Qualcomm got up early to meet us virtually to discuss engineering careers and intellectual property protection, and their individual career pathways.  Both Shannon and Achim described their training, values, how they made certain choices, and the role of chance and timing in their careers.  They also offered tips with their encouragement for our 20 young engineers, scientists, industrial designers and artists.



Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Wearable Technology Camp - Days 1 and 2

 The first 30-45 minutes of Days 1 and 2 involved about 45 minutes of group instruction and discussion  about IoT, Smart Cities, Sustainability, and the technical careers and college majors of the future, but then the day evolves into participant-driven project-based exploration. 



Friday, April 22, 2022

Thinkabit Labs Summer 2022 Camps - Free!

Shareable link to our Summer 2022 camp registration:  https://bit.ly/VT-Summer2022


(Full descriptions are provided in following pages.)   
All camps are free, and equipment is provided.

All camps are also:

  •   9am to noon in-person 
  •   hands-on, skills-based experiential learning  
  •   allow for some extended participation in afternoons
  •   located at our Virginia Tech campus next to West Falls Church Metro (Orange Line)


1. AAUW Wearable Tech (June 27-June 30)   -  suggested ages 12-18  (exceptions considered) 

     Co-sponsored by the Arlington Chapter of the AAUW, this camp was originally designed for girls,
and now welcomes all participants ages 12-18 (MS or HS).  Participants will build simple LED and servo motor circuits that are controlled by programming an Arduino microcontroller.  These skills will be applied to a creative wearable device that uses the same Arduino microcontroller and allows you to program and operate the device. Many other fabrication tools and skills will be introduced, including safety precautions.


2. Urban Agricultural and Environmental Technologies with IoT (August 1-4)  - suggested ages - 14-18 (exceptions considered) 

      Participants will identify real-world, urban agriculture and environmental challenges or problems, research and model potential solutions, and then test and redesign prototypes.  A variety of materials will be complemented with electronics monitoring, sensors and actuators addressing agricultural and environmental needs. Support for county fair or science and engineering fair brainstorming is available. 


Proceed to https://bit.ly/VT-Summer2022 to register.  

Questions? Email STEM@vt.edu or call 571-4828298 


Friday, April 1, 2022

Passing of George Willcox

 I'm passing on the very nice tributes written by Brenda Long and Darla Miller of Virginia ACTE. - Jim

Loss of a friend and colleague.


It is with a sad and heavy heart to inform you of the passing of George Willcox, retired State CTE Director, on Wednesday. George was a stalwart for CTE in Virginia and nationally.  He devoted 47 years to CTE with 41 of those with VDOE, Office of CTE.  George supported Virginia ACTE and the CTE division associations, quality CTE programs for students as well as expanded opportunities for students, and continued to strengthen the relationship with Virginia ACTE and VDOE.  He officially retired on February 1, 2022, and yesterday we lost a great advocate for CTE.  Rest In peace, Our Friend.  You ran a good race.

George provided leadership and support for Technology and Engineering Education for 47 years before his retirement on December 31, 2021. He joined the Department of Education as the advisor for the Technology Student Association in 1978 and served as a supervisor of the program of Technology and Engineering Education until his promotion in 2006. 

Most recently, he served as State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. It is difficult to describe the range of impact he had on Technology and Engineering education, adding engineering courses in the mid 1990’s. He was active in TSA and the International Technology and Engineering Educator’s Association, serving as president in 2006. He was also active in the Virginia Association of Career and Technical Education. His was a giant in the field and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his daughter Angela Minor. Service information is not yet available. 

 A video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NBf7C_ba2dfX7mMQ-6FCA6t-UFy-lQ4g/view?usp=sharing

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Former Thinkabit Graduate Assitant - Andreea Sistrunk

Our first graduate assistant, Andreea Sistrunk, was featured in President Tim Sand's State of the University yesterday, representing AI initiatives in our Advanced Research Center in Arlington.  Among several areas of specialized expertise, she has developed a very important niche in using machine learning to improve community engagement in education decision-making.  



Saturday, June 26, 2021

Recognition for our Interns - Khulan Erdenedalai

Khulan Erdenedalai was our 2019 environmental engineering intern / research assistant through Arlington Public Schools' PRIME Internship program. Nothing about this honor from Arlington Magazine (or Arlington Public Schools, Yale University or the Gates Foundation before it) surprises us. Creative in multiple dimensions, modest, engaged and engaging, and she never casts a shadow.


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