Cedar Point Elementary School has received a Qualcomm, Inc. grant for ThinkABit tech lab
Posted on 11/13/2019
students at desks with laptop in tech labQualcomm, Inc. has awarded $10,000 to Cedar Point Elementary School to upgrade and extend student access to learning in the ThinkABit Tech Lab.

Cedar Point Elementary was an original recipient of a tech lab grant from Qualcomm in 2017, a vision brought to the school by its principal, Mark Marinoble, and his alma mater, Virginia Tech. The ThinkABit Tech Lab at Virginia Tech inspired Marinoble to try to replicate it at his school.

Since its completion, the tech lab has exposed more than 3,000 Prince William County Public School students to engineering processes, coding, and other various aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

A goal since opening the lab has been to extend the Thinkabit Lab experiences into the summer months for under-served students. With the monetary gift from Qualcomm, the Thinkabit Lab will offer a camp in 2020, to include programming, circuitry, the Internet of Things, applications, and imagination. There will be a focus on the Qualcomm Wireless Reach impact sectors (education, entrepreneurship, health care, public safety and the environment) and the Tech for Good curriculum to instill a belief in young minds that they can create a positive impact through technology and change the world.