Qualcomm Incorporated and Virginia Tech launch a Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. Led by Virginia Tech’s Department of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering and School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the lab intends to foster creativity, collaboration and the critical skills in students. It is based on Qualcomm’s World of Work and STEM coursework.
The lab will cater students interested in STEM careers, but underrepresented in it and also for the teachers from metro Washington DC area. This would be Qualcomm’s first Thinkabit lab outside San Diego.
Commenting on the initiative, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, “The work that Qualcomm and Virginia Tech are doing at the new Thinkabit Lab is remarkable. Beyond being a space to inspire the next generation of inventors, it will allow us to leverage the expertise of both organizations, and through research and practical application, we will bring new advancements to STEM education at all levels.”
Initially launched in 2014, the Thinkabit Lab has served 8,000+ students and educators. It was later replicated in three middle schools and a library in San Diego.
“We know that STEM skills can enhance every student’s future, regardless of their field of study, and we need to prepare both students and teachers to address the complex challenges of tomorrow. The Thinkabit collaboration with Qualcomm will allow us to join complementary strengths and work synergistically to create opportunities and lower barriers,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands.