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Va. Tech, Qualcomm to Open Thinkabit Lab in F.C.

Virginia Tech and Qualcomm, Inc. are partnering this fall to open a Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center at 7054 Haycock Road and are hosting a kick off event for the lab on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Falls Church campus.

According to a press release from Virginia Tech, the lab is designed to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education opportunities for both students and teachers across the region.

The Falls Church lab will serve the metro Washington D.C. area, focusing students underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers and teachers who work with those students. It will be led by Virginia Tech’s Department of Engineering Education and our School of Education. It’s based on Qualcomm’s World of Work and science, technology, engineering and mathematics coursework.

Virginia Tech’s new lab is a replication and expansion of the San Diego Thinkabit Lab that has served more than 8,000 students and educators since launching at headquarters in 2014, providing students with a unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics and career exposure experience.

The kick off event on September 8 will feature remarks from Chris Lu, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf and Virginia Tech president Tim Sands. For more information, visit vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/09/090616-eng-thinkabit.html.