Friday, June 2, 2023

Virginia Tech DC Area Thinkabit Lab Summer 2023 Internships

 DEADLINE:  June 18, 2023, 11:59am

Ben - 2019 intern
Virginia Tech DC Area STEM internships are open to students in 10th through 12 grade.  Previous high school interns or Thinkabit Lab camp participants are welcome to participate as undergraduates.  Credit or stipends can be arranged through your school or school division CTE programs.

Internship Description (you'll be encourages to make changes based on your preferred areas of focus - Biological, BioMedical, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Environmental, Health and Medical, IT, Physics, Public Policy):

Virginia Tech Physical Computing and Maker Education Lab, Summer 2023  

Falls Church, Virginia   

Support a 2400 square foot physical computing and maker-space lab for school-aged students and adults at the Northern Virginia Center graduate student campus in Falls Church, VA. Assist lab leaders in maintaining equipment and developing and implementing STEM education programs for schools, administrators, teachers and students in technical career exploration, microelectronics, engineering design processes, Arduino programming (C, C++), micro:bit programming (Microsoft MakeCode, Python, Javascript), RoboCrafting (arts-integrated creative robotics), VEX Robotics, and IOT (Internet of Things)/SmartCities and AI initiatives. Support integrated environment and technology projects, and also pursue independent or small-team projects. Teach students of all ages from elementary school groups to senior citizen lifelong learning programs.

Schedule for the upcoming weeks.  This may help you determine which days you plan to visit in-person (ideally 2 or more days per week, unless we make other arrangements).   

June 26 - Virtual or In-person (restricted to 10-2)
June 27 - Virtual or In-person (restricted to 10-2)
June 28 - Virtual or In-person (restricted to 10-3) - high school group visit at 2pm
June 29 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3 (school group visit from 930 to 130pm)
June 30 - Virtual work only

July 3 - Virtual or In-person (restricted to 10-2)
July 4 - Holiday
July 5 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3 (school group visit from 930 to 130pm)
July 6 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3 (school group visit from 930 to 130pm)
July 7 - Virtual work only

July 10 - Virtual or In-person (restricted to 10-2)
July 11 - Virtual or In-person (restricted to 10-2)
July 12 - Virtual or In-person (restricted to 10-3) - high school group visit at 2pm
July 13 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3 (school group visit from 930 to 130pm)
July 14 - Virtual work only

July 17 - Virtual or In-person (restricted to 10-2)
July 18 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3
July 19 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3 
July 20 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3
July 21 - Virtual work only 

July 24 - Virtual or In-person  9 - 3
July 25 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3
July 26 - Virtual or In-person  9 - 3
July 27 - Virtual or In-person  9 - 3
July 28 - Virtual work only

July 31 - Virtual or In-person  9 - 3
August 1 - Virtual or In-person  9 - 3
August 2 - Virtual or In-person 9 - 3
August 3 - Virtual or In-person  9 - 3
August 4 - Virtual work only

Beyond August 4 - We'll talk about any additional ideas you might be interested in for Fall.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Another big step...


Andreea Sistrunk was a Master's-level Graduate Assistant in our Lab during its first year.  

Last week she passed her Doctoral Research prelims explaining one of her most interesting papers on the Loudoun County school boundary "redistricting" project her team created to engage the public in some of the most difficult decisions made my school officials.

In June she presents a related paper at the International Human Centered Computing Conference in Norway.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

STEM Expo (Robotics, AI, Virtual Reality, Physical Computing, Careers)

The Northern Virginia STEM Learning Ecosystem and Virginia Tech in the DC Area want to invite you to participate in a STEM-focused community outreach emphasizing  Physical Computing, Robotics, Mobile App design, and more.

  • Saturday, March 25,  9am to 1pm
  • Northern Virginia Center
    (W. Falls Church Metro)
  • No charges, fees, admission costs, or
    parking costs for exhibitors or participants
  • Proposed target ages for participants is
    age 8 to adult

We are still welcoming our collaborators, and inquiries from others.  

We hope to do this again in the Fall, probably excluding the messy (and expensive to clean) K-3 things of past years, and then create an annual event leading to when our Northern Virginia Center programs migrate to the new Innovation Campus scheduled to open in Fall 2024.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

This week: 2023 Virginia STEM+C competetion

December 3. 9am-12 noon Meeting Link:

Meeting Link:

Friday, November 25, 2022

Free Cybersecurity Basics Course for Virginia public school educators

Virginia Cyber Range + VVA

Free self-paced Cybersecurity Basics Course for Educators

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Educators in the Commonwealth can gain a foundational understanding of cybersecurity through a new professional learning course from Virtual Virginia and the Virginia Cyber Range. 

The Intro to Cybersecurity course is available at no cost to Virginia public school educators. Participants will learn cybersecurity concepts and the basics of using the Virginia Cyber Range resource, which allows educators and students to safely complete hands-on cybersecurity exercises in virtual environments.

Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a certificate worth three hours of professional learning.

For questions about Intro to Cybersecurity and other professional learning opportunities, contact Professional Learning Coordinator Steven Sproles at