Tech on Tap Online Event

 

No Camp? No Problem! 
STEM Ideas for Family Summer Fun

Thursday, June 18, 2020
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Registration

With kids at home this summer, you need a game plan. Join two Virginia Tech STEM education specialists, Jim Egenrieder and Erika Bonnett to learn about outdoor and indoor activities in which families can have so much fun they won’t realize how much they’re learning.

About Tech On Tap
Learning happens everywhere. Tech on Tap is a regular community speaker series that informs, educates, and raises questions about the impact of new technologies on society, equity, and policy. Topics include the types of issues and problems Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus in Potomac Yard will explore.

 


Google Colab

colab.research.google.com

Google’s Colaboratory, or “Colab” for short, is a free online resource used for sharing code, documentation, and visualized data. Google Colab runs code using Jupyter Notebook, an open-source web app used to create and share documents that can run live code and visualizations. Colab itself runs on a virtual linux operating system. The programming language that can be run live in Google Colab is Python, while Markdown code can be used to format and organize the Colab documents. Google Colab is a very engaging and interactive way to run code, examine data and share ideas on the web.

What you’ll do there:  With Colab you can write and execute Python in your browser. Students in STEM+ Data Analytics course will learn to use Colab as a part of their assignments. One of Colab’s best features is its ability to run live code, which makes teaching and learning Python a lot more engaging and intuitive. In addition to learning Python, students will also learn how to format their documents by using the Markdown language. With these two tools, students will be able to use Python to visualize and analyze data in conjunction with Markdown to clearly format and organize it. 

For parents/privacy:  Students will need a Google account to use Google Colab, as Colab is an app made by Google. Google accounts are free to create and require some basic information, such as first and last name, a username and a password. Here is Google’s privacy policy.

Additional resources: There is a lot to learn about Google Colab, Markdown, and Python – most of which is not covered in the STEM+ Data Analytics course. Here are a few safe additional resources for your convenience:

 

 

 
 


Roanoke Higher Education Center

Main Link:  www.education.edu 

STEM+ by Commonwealth Learning Systems lab is located in Suite 813

108 North Jefferson Street
RoanokeVirginia 24016

(540) 767-6161 

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

 

The Roanoke Higher Education Center (RHEC) in historic downtown Roanoke develops partnerships and maintains a state-of-the-art facility that provides citizens of the Roanoke region access to training, certifications, and degrees. 

  • undergraduate and graduate programs from member universities
  • testing center
  • customized training
  • education fairs
  • meetings and conferences
 

Drones – Learn to Fly

Learn to Fly Drones is a new online, interactive class that introduces drone basics to students of all ages —– before they send drone equipment into the air.

Designed and led by Virginia Tech instructors, the course reviews drone basics, explains the steps to earning a Drone license, and allows students to practice navigating drones in simulation BEFORE taking equipment aloft.  

How it Works

Learn to Fly Drones! will be offered Summer 2020. 

Students login to a virtual classroom from the STEM+ website. The virtual classroom outlines the weekly schedule of activities, videos, and assignments. 

The schedule includes live online Zoom sessions  with the course instructor. These sessions anchor the course for students. and provide interaction and encouragement.  Live online sessions may include class demos, Q&As, or general discussions about data analytics in our current world. 

STEM+ may be allowed to offer optional in-person afternoon labs at the Roanoke Higher Education Center (pending state guidelines and restrictions). When we have more information, we will share it with the registered students.

Explore Data Analytics is offered through STEM+ by Commonwealth Systems.

Contact Us

Questions? Would you like to register? Let us know. Fill out the form and we will get back to you ASAP

Contact Us

Level

 

Dates

TBA
 live online sessions with instructor

Fee

TBA

Limited scholarships are available. 

Instructor

Dean McIntyre


Explore Data Analytics Summer 2020

Explore Data Analytics is a online, interactive class that introduces high school and community college learners to the fast growing field of Data Analytics.

Designed and led by Virginia Tech instructors, the course explores the science of learning and making conclusions from data with hands-on activities and live daily interactive Q&A sessions.

Data Analytics is currently not offered in most high schools, yet it is one of the fastest growing career paths in the nation. The demand for technical expertise is out-pacing supply.  Technical expertise is needed to develop new methods, tools, and infrastructures required to support novel big data analytics operations in industry, government, and academia.

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How it Works

Explore Data Analytics is a 4-week course, Monday through Friday, starting beginning July 6, 2020.

Students login to a virtual classroom from the STEM+ website. The virtual classroom outlines the weekly schedule of activities, videos, and assignments. 

The schedule includes daily live online Zoom sessions (weekdays) at 11:00 a.m. E.T. with the course instructor. These sessions anchor the course for students. and provide interaction and encouragement.  Live online sessions may include class demos, Q&As, or general discussions about data analytics in our current world. 

STEM+ may be allowed to offer optional in-person afternoon labs at the Roanoke Higher Education Center (pending state guidelines and restrictions). When we have more information, we will share it with the registered students.

Explore Data Analytics is offered through STEM+ by Commonwealth Systems.

Course Form

Scholarships

Registration

Level

Advanced high school, community college, and non-student adult learners. 

Dates

July 6 – July 30
11 a.m. weekday live online sessions with instructor

Fee

$175*
for 4 week session

*Limited scholarships are available. See Scholarship section above.

Instructor

Reza Tasooji
Doctoral candidate in Computer Science at Virginia Tech


World Community Grid

www.worldcommunitygrid.org

From the website:  Let your computer daydream science. World Community Grid, a philanthropic initiative from IBM, enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate their unused computing power to advance cutting-edge scientific research on topics related to health, poverty and sustainability. Through the contributions of over 650,000 individuals and 460 organizations, World Community Grid has supported 31 research projects to date, including searches for more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. Other projects are looking for low-cost water filtration systems and new materials for capturing solar energy efficiently.

www.worldcommunitygrid.org/discover.action

From the website: Scientists at Scripps Research are using World Community Grid to help search for potential treatments for COVID-19, and to build open-source tools to help address future pandemics quickly and early. Learn more about OpenPandemics – COVID-19 and the organizations other projects.

IBM’s World Community Grid is a way for everyone to get directly involved in research without having to work at all! By downloading a free software toolkit called BOINC, anyone can help researchers in a wide variety of fields by letting this program run while the computer is not being used. The program performs designated calculations that are hard for people but easy for computers. The more people that participate in the World Community Grid project, the faster we can solve some of the most complicated and urgent problems in human history!

How it Works: The BOINC software, a free and safe program developed by the University of California, Berkeley, runs designated calculations in an area specified by the user while the computer is idle (the computer must be on). If you begin running an application, BOINC will minimize its performance until idle again. The user can pause (suspend) or abort the project tasks or modify the CPU usage of BOINC when active.

Parental permission and administrative access to your computer is REQUIRED to install the BOINC program. For an in depth look at the World Community Grid Privacy policy, go to www.worldcommunitygrid.org/viewPrivacyStatement.do 

Getting Started: Head to the main World Community Grid website, a page with colorful slides, which you can view to learn more about the project. On the first blue slide, click the red “Join Volunteers” button in the middle of the page (circled in white).

 

 

 

 

A blue sign up page should appear, where you should enter your email and a password to create a World Community Grid account. This account will be used to keep track of the projects and tasks your computer will be working on.

 

 

 

 

After clicking “Next” (highlighted in white above), you will be asked to select projects you are interested in. Your computer can complete tasks from any of these areas. After selecting the projects of interest and clicking “Next” again, the installer should begin downloading. 

 

 

 

 

BOINC project manager

Installing and Usage: After downloading, open up the installer. Follow the instructions given by the installation wizard, and World Community Grid will be installed on your computer. By default, World Community Grid will begin on startup, but this can be changed in task manager by going to the “Startup” tab and disabling it on Windows.

The application itself contains two main tabs, “Tasks” and “Projects”. While the application is running, a taskbar in the “Tasks” tab will display the progress of the current project. In the “Task Commands” menu, the graphics tab will show a graphical description of the project, while the suspend and abort tabs will pause or abort your project upon clicking, respectively. The “Properties” tab of the “Task Commands” window will show statistics and extra information relating to the current project. 

The “Projects” tab shows you the current project being worked on and gives you the option to add new projects. Clicking on the “Add Project” button will open a new window with a list of projects to choose from. Clicking on “Next” will add the project to your current list of projects. The drop down menu in the projects tab allows you to select the project you’d like to work on. The “Project Commands” menu lets you update, suspend, reset and remove the selected project.  

 


BOINC

boinc.berkeley.edu

BOINC lets you help cutting-edge science research using your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or Android device. BOINC downloads scientific computing jobs to your computer and runs them invisibly in the background. It’s easy and safe.

About 30 science projects use BOINC; examples include Einstein@Home, IBM World Community Grid, and SETI@home. These projects investigate diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research.


ICAT Creativity & Innovation Day

Virginia Tech’s ICAT Creativity & Innovation Day
Monday, May 4, 2020  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Virtual Fair & Exhibition

ICAT Event Site

Explore the inventive work being created by faculty and students at Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. Join discussions with some of the nation’s leading innovators from Microsoft Research, Nokia Bell Labs, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories during ICAT Creativity + Innovation Day.  

Keynote Speaker Live Stream (1:00 p.m.)

Asta Roseway, Microsoft Research Principal Research Designer, co-founder of MicroSoft’s artist-in-residence program. 

Explore Exhibits

Visit projects online at the ICAT Open (at the) Source Virtual Space.

  • #VTDITC: Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech
  • The Recursions of Escher
  • HokieNauts: The NASA S.U.I.T.S.
  • Zoología Fantastica in the Mist: Bringing Borges’s World to Virtual Reality
  • Memory Bank