Archive for January, 2011

Tech Council To Host 10th Annual Awards Night, Keynote Cameron Johnson

Monday, January 31st, 2011

May 17: Save The Date For The Lynchburg Area’s Premier Technology Event of the Year

Each year the Region 2000 Technology Council hosts a premier networking event and awards banquet recognizing the best and brightest in the Lynchburg region’s technology community. In celebration of our 10th annual Awards Night we will be featuring globally renowned entrepreneur Cameron Johnson who will be speaking on ‘Entrepreneurial Values and Thinking Differently’. You won’t want to miss this!

At only 25, Cameron Johnson is recognized as one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world. Earning $15,000 a day by the age of 15, by the time he left high school he had a dozen profitable businesses under his belt. Overseas, he was the youngest American appointed to the board of a Tokyo-based company, and even hosted Beat the Boss, a popular entrepreneurial show on the BBC. Passionate and whip-smart about business, Johnson consults with Fortune 500 companies, garners extensive media coverage from CNN, The New York Times, CNBC and hundreds of other outlets, and was a runner up on Oprah’s first prime time series, The Big Give, about philanthropy and business. He recently has been named one of the Ten Outstanding Americans as selected by the US Junior Chamber; previous honorees include presidents Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy.

For more details on registration, awards nominations and further details go to the Awards Night page.

For the official press release: GO HERE.

Video: Cameron Johnson on CNN

NASA Offers 2-Week Internship For 32 STEM Teachers. Will You Be One?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

NASA Offers Professional Development Opportunity For 32 STEM Teachers. Will You Be One?

NASA wants to share with you an exciting professional development internship opportunity for teachers. Developed by NASA, this unique program will offer 32 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) middle and high school teachers a rare opportunity to work beside NASA engineers and mentors during a two-week paid internship focusing on aeronautics modeling and simulation at a NASA facility during July 2011.

RTI International, the managing contractor for this project, currently seeks applications from outstanding middle and high school teachers who will adapt and use this exciting material in their classrooms. We need your help to reach out to those teachers who would benefit from this internship and have the capacity and support to integrate simulation-based aerospace engineering lessons into their curriculum.

Contact: Olivia Rice at 919.541.7011 or onix [at] rti [dot] org to coordinate a formal announcement directly to teachers in your community.

Find out more information about the program as well as the application packages by visiting:

Applications accepted through March 7, 2011.

Lynchburg Community Trust Gives STEM Grant For Local Junior FIRST LEGO League

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Future Focus Foundation, an educational non-profit organization supporting youth programs of the Region 2000 Technology Council, received a grant in the amount of $2,700 from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust’s Faye Marcum Mifka Fund.

The grant will be used to sponsor area 6-9 year olds to participate in Junior FIRST LEGO League, a foundational science and technology program featuring a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to create solutions and present them for review at the April 30 Lynchburg Regional Junior FIRST LEGO Expo to be held at Timberlake Christian Schools. Children will present their projects on the theme “Body Forward,” focused on biomedical engineering, for judging, and participate in a number of age-appropriate activities.

For more information on Junior FIRST LEGO League and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Programs, contact Janet Walton at: jwalton [at] region2000 [dot] org or 847-1447, ext. 318.

View or Download the News Release.

Ron Mathis of Edison2 To Speak At Engineer’s Week Banquet | Feb 24

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

2011 Engineer’s Week Banquet: Local, Innovative, Engineering – Edison 2 | The Future of Personal Transportation

DATE: Thursday, February 24, 2011
TIME: 5:30-9:00 PM
LOCATION: Holiday Inn Select (Downtown Lynchburg)
601 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504

Come Celebrate Engineer’s WeekMark the contributions engineers make to the quality of life in our communities and enjoy the intriguing presentation by Ron Mathis, Chief of Design, Edison2 Corporation.

Mr. Mathis and the Edison2 design team are developing the next generation of fuel efficient, sustainable, personal transportation. The locally based team is winner of the Progressive Automotive $5M X-prize for the ‘Very Light Car‘ that can achieve over 100 miles per gallon. Mr. Mathis is a mechanical engineer with over three decades of experience in professional motor racing including ground-up design of high performance race cars.

Our evening starts with a cash bar social time from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, followed by dinner and program from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Events include an awards ceremony for our local MATHCOUNTS© winners, keynote discussion and numerous other special engineering presentations celebrating engineering achievements over the past year.

Registration for this event is $25.00 ($10.00 for students). Fees include dinner, dessert, and coffee.  Several levels of sponsorships are also being solicited to help defray meeting costs.  (Please contact an event coordinator to contribute to sponsorships -see PDF).


Seating is limited, so please respond early to help us
reserve adequate room size. Bring your spouse and invite guests – this will be a great evening!

RSVP to Debbie Brown at Wiley|Wilson
dbrown [at] wileywilson [dot] com or (434) 947-1901


View the video below featuring Edison2′s Oliver Kuttner (founder and CEO) and banquet speaker Ron Mathis (Chief of Design) as they discuss the Very Light Car, the XPrize competition and the future of transportation.

Edison 2 X-Prize from Johnny St.Ours on Vimeo.

Oliver Kuttner / Edison 2 compete for the X Prize

Randolph College Science Festival Open to the Public | March 2011

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

For all you parents and students in the Lynchburg regional area interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Randolph College is having a Science Festival on March 25-27, 2011. It looks like it will be a great time for all ages. We hope to see you there!

From the Randolph College Department of Physics website:

“The Randolph College Society of Physics Students is proud to bring you the Second Annual Randolph College Science Festival. Begun as a Science Day for kids in 2005, we are joined by science, humanities and arts departments across the campus, and by numerous presenters to bring a weekend of activities for all.

All activities are free and open to the public, and are for all ages. Only the Science Day activity on Saturday afternoon requires pre-registration, please feel free to drop in on any of the other events. All Science Day participants receive a t-shirt, and the first 100 people who attend other Science Festival events will receive a t-shirt.”

  • Admission to all events is FREE!
  • No registration required (EXCEPT for Science Day, on Saturday afternoon) SCIENCE DAY REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.
  • All events are open to ALL ages EXCEPT Science Day which is for 3-6 graders
  • Have lunch or dinner in our dining hall either day, or snack at our coffee shop.  Click for more information on dining.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Friday, 3/25

Physics-based ballet class with Dr. Ken Laws of Dickinson College.
Visitors are welcome to watch a ballet class of Randolph College dancers. This class, although “physics-based,” is a ballet class, with barre and centre, and appropriate music.
10:20 – 11:50 pm, Dance Studio

Women in Science Panel
Alumnae in the sciences come back to campus to share their experiences in various scientific careers. Moderated by Dr. Kathy Schaefer, Associate Professor of Biology. Refreshments will be served.
4:00 – 5:30 pm, Martin 315

Science and Dance – A New Pas de Deux? by Dr. Ken Laws of Dickinson College
An intriguing challenge is now evolving – to find ways that different fields of knowledge and interest can speak to each other.  Seldom have science and dance spoken the same language, much less benefited each other through common sharing of ideas and analyses.  Physics Professor Emeritus Kenneth Laws and Graduate Student Melanie Lott have been finding valuable ways of applying physics to dance.
7:30 – 8:30 pm, Smith Theatre

Saturday, 3/26

Science Day for 3rd-6th graders and teachers
Participants will be led through a series of 30 minute, fun, hands-on activities. T-shirt, snack, and certificate of completion are given to all participants.
This is the only event that requires pre-registration at
11:45 am – 4:30 pm, Physical Education and Recreation (PER) Building

A Scientist Goes to the Movies:The Day After Tomorrow
Professor Dr. Karin Warren will offer commentary to this complete screening (film runtime 2 hours). Free popcorn!
6:00 – 8:30 pm, Student Center, Main Hall

View the Heavens at Winfree Observatory*
Astronomer Katrin Schenk will direct the telescope at the planets and the stars for all to see. Refreshments will be served.
8:30 -10:00 pm

Sunday, 3/27

Drop in Science Activities

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Martin Science Building

  • Robots: come and try to control a number of different robots (Martin 320)
  • Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool: sometimes a liquid, sometimes a solid, come and experience this large-scale demonstration for yourself! (Martin Porch)
  • More! Check back at this website for updates

Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby
Cub scouts race their cars in competition, then tracks are open for the public to join in.
1:00-5:00pm, Front Campus, Rain/Wind Location for Pinewood Derby: Houston Chapel

Scientific Methods: “the passion of the scientist, the precision of the poet”**
A reading of science-inspired poetry and prose by Randolph College students and Professor Laura-Gray Street. Refreshments will be served.
**Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature
7:00 – 8:00 pm, Jack Lounge of Smith Memorial Building

* Cloud-Cover Date for Winfree Observatory
In overcast conditions, observing may not be possible. If in doubt, call ahead to the College switchboard 434-947-8000.
8:00 – 9:30 pm

For more information as it becomes available go to the Randolph College Physics Department website.

Liberty University To Host High School Engineering Competition | Feb 24

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

2011 JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) TEAMS Engineering Competition:

The Liberty University (LU) School of Engineering and Computational Sciences (SECS) will host the JETS TEAMS engineering competition on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

TEAMS is an annual theme-based, academic “pencil & paper” competition giving students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to use the practical applications of math and science to answer engineering questions about everyday world challenges. The 2011 theme is “Smarter Energy. Cleaner Planet” where students will tackle energy and the global need for diversification, efficiency, security and ecological sustainability.

Students will discuss questions among themselves and provide their best response collectively (open-book, open-note, open discussion format). All participating students will receive certificates, EXPLORE booklets, and t-shirts. There will also be various door prizes given out.

All regional high schools and home schooled youth are invited to participate. Teams are comprised of 4 to 8 students and one adult coach. There are two competition levels (9th/10th grade; 11th/12th grade) with questions posed according to age group. For schools, there are also separate competition levels based on 12th grade enrollment or Selective admission. There are two additional and separate competition levels for Home Schools and Groups (e.g., YMCA, Boy/Girl Scouts).

Previous competition sets are available so students and coaches can practice to help identify the strength and skills of their team. JETS suggests that coaches and students meet three to four times before the competition.


9:15 -9:45 am |  Arrival & Check-in; Meet & Greet; breakfast snacks
9:45 – 10 am |  Welcome and competition instructions
10 – 11:30 am |  Part 1 (80 multiple choice questions); Coaches meeting
11:30 am – 12:30 pm |  Lunch (provided by SECS)
12:30 – 2 pm |  Part 2 (8 open-ended questions)
2 – 2:30 pm |  Awards
2:30 pm |  Dismissal

Registration and Cost:

  • $150 per team (i.e., $18.75 – $37.50 per student).
  • Register online until February 14, 2011.

Lynchburg, Virginia: Liberty University, Executive Dining Room in Reber-Thomas Dining Hall (Building #63 on Campus Map)

Contact Liberty University (LU) School of Engineering and Computational Sciences (SECS) at (434) 592-7150 or kmhalsey [at] liberty [dot] edu with any questions or to request more information.

Learn more about JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society), TEAMS and the competition: Download the 2011 brochure (PDF)

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