Exploring Technical Careers and College, Programming, Engineering Design, Creative Robotics, and all Hands-On STEM Education Strategies
Virginia Tech's DC Metro Area Thinkabit Lab STEM Education and Workforce Development Programs is the longest-serving collaborator in the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab network. The mission of our Thinkabit Lab 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. The VT-DC STEM Labs team will work with like-minded teams, organizations and individuals interested in promoting curiosity, innovation, creativity, and students’ self-actualization and self-determination.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Hour(s) of Code
One of the best discoveries among our school partners is that visiting school groups get a solid two hours or more of coding experience in an Arduino-based C++ language similar very similar to the programming language supporting their cell phones and school robots, and many, many other things in our daily lives. Best of all, they apply their program to real, moving circuits, sensors and/or actuators. Then we provide loaner kits for teachers to extend learning back at their schools.