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June 22,  2018
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Check Out Our New and Improved Website | Plus Photos from Tech Nite 18 are Here!
2018 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams
Learning Can Be Fun Technology Courses (June)
Robotics Camp | Winchester (7/9 - 7/13)
Maker City Boot Camps | Harrisonburg (June - August)
The Junior Academy | STEM Program for Students (application deadline June 30)
Space Explorers Camp (July)
Valley Business Keynote | Featuring Kim Scott, Author of Radical Candor (7/26)
SAVE THE DATE: Valley TechCon (9/28)
Highlighting Renewing Level III Member: PBMares, LLP
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Wildlife Center of Virginia
Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar in Harrisonburg
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Job Opening | Security Engineering Manager, JMU IT Technical Services

Many of have already noticed: We updated and redesigned our website  this spring!  In addition to its sleek design, the website is now easier to navigate and includes new features and expanded benefits. Take a look: 
  • Membership Directory Expanded: A more detailed, more connected -and searchable-  membership directory ( Website visitors can find the tech users and creators of the Valley quickly, get all the details, and connect with each one's social media channels.

    (Interested in this kind of visibility? Consider a membership)
  • High-level members get additional visibility with a prime Member Spotlight on our front page!
  • Much improved calendar ( It no longer deletes events at the end of the day! Finally, it actually looks like we have luncheons! - Visitors can change the view of the calendar (day, month, list). If you want to spread the word about an event, use the social media links at the end of each calendar entry. Signature events hosted by the SVTC are called out in the right column on most pages. 
  • Submit an event, an open tech job, or ask a question: We still publicize our own as well as others' tech-related events and open tech jobs in the Valley. Or, ask a question:
  •  Area tech news are highlighted in the News section:
  • The Resources page
Give the new site a whirl! We just posted the pictures from Tech Nite: 

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Tech Nite 2018
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Tech Nite 2018


Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.

Eligibility: Teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's area of operation and intend to participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.

If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form:

About FLL
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company and inspires future scientists and engineers. it is an international competition that challenges young participants to think like scientists and engineers. Every year FLL introduces kids to a real-world scientific topic, and teams are challenged to find a solution. They also build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group.

For more information, visit our  FLL information page or the  VA/DC FIRST LEGO League website.

Building a Computer from Parts | Rising Grades 5-7 (6/25 - 6/29)
June 25 - 29, 2018 | 9 pm - 12 pm 
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave

BRCC's popular Learning Can Be Fun summer youth program offers a variety of hands-on learning opportunities (and LOTS of fun) for rising K-12 students. 

Taking place on June 25th - 29th, consider enrolling your child in the Building a Computer from Parts course. They will be able to b uild a complete computer while learning about digital concepts, number systems and codes, logical operations, parts of a computer system, and the basic concept of an operating system.

Register for June 25 - 29, 2018 Course

Check out other LCBF courses at BRCC:

Robotics Camp | Winchester (7/9 - 7/13)
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Winchester
Members $125 | Nonmembers $145

Explore Lego Mindstorms, Little Bits, and Hummingbird in this fun introduction to building, programming, and designing robots! This action- packed week is filled with challenging activities for all levels of robotics experience. For rising 4th-8th graders.

For more summer camps or to register, please visit

Maker City Boot Camps | Harrisonburg (June - August)
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg
Members Free | Visitors $7.00 admission fee

2D Design with Inkscape (choose either 6/27 from 6 - 8 pm, or 7/16 from 10 am - noon)
Use graphic software to create your own 2D designs and then learn the basics of uploading to the laser cutter or vinyl cutter. Laser cutters are capable of three main operations - Vector Cutting, Vector Engraving and Raster Engraving.  You must be 8 years of age or older to take this workshop. 

3D Modeling with Tinkercad (choose either 7/9 from 10 am - noon, or 8/8 from 6 - 8 pm)
Learn the basics of Tinkercad, a 3D modeling program that allows you to transfer online designs into physical objects using the 3D printer. You must be 8 years of age or older to take this workshop. 

Prerequisite: Before taking any Boot Camp Series workshop, you must first complete a brief Intro to Maker City session. If you have not previously completed, we will contact you with more information. 

The Junior Academy | STEM Program for Students
(application deadline June 30)


Each year, students ages 13-18 are invited to join The Junior Academy (it is FREE). Successful applicants gain lifelong access to exclusive educational opportunities and a remarkable global STEM network through Launchpad, a virtual collaboration platform.  Students develop advanced research, innovation, and collaboration skills with best-in-class learning resources and leverage these skills to compete in challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies.

The ideal student is an enthusiastic learner and problem solver with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). He or she has a desire to learn more about the universe, and aspires to help address the world's most pressing challenges through research and collaboration.

The program is virtual and open to students anywhere in the world. All participants must have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Note: students must receive a positive endorsement from an educator to participate.

For more information and to apply, visit

Space Explorers Camp (July)

Full Day Middle School Camp: July 9 - 13, 2018 (from 9am-4pm)
For rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  The cost for this program is $250.00 The  theme for 2018 is From Earth to Space and Back!  Expect to have fun while learning about features that make our planet unique, as well as its place in our Solar System and the Universe.  There will be lots of hands-on science activities, games, a guest speaker, a visit to JMU's Science on a Sphere Theater, and at least two planetarium shows during the week.  Activities include a mix of new and old, including observing the Sun with solar telescopes, creating our own edible Moon phases, simulating Earth's tectonic plate movements, building an earthquake-ready structure, and more.  Expect lots of fun and even a science-themed obstacle course and rocket launches. Come explore with us!

Half Day Elementary Camp: July 16 - 20, 2018 (choose either
 9am-12pm or 1:30pm-4:30pm)

For rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. 
The cost for the week program is $125.00. The  theme for 2018 is From Earth to Space and Back!  This half-day program is specially geared towards younger children and includes small groups for lots of individual attention.  We will explore our planet and its place in space. We'll have a scavenger hunt, songs, games, and even an obstacle course. Hands-on science activities will include making our own marshmallow constellations, making simulated craters, and building a model earthquake-ready structure.  There will be several planetarium shows, and more. Come have fun while learning about Earth and space!

July 22 - 28, 2018 (Sunday evening check-in, Saturday morning check-out)
For rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders. The p rogram cost is $800.00. The  theme for 2018 is From Earth to Space and Back!  This residential camp is designed for older campers. Since campers stay in the dorms on campus, we have more opportunities to observe the night sky and learn about features we might see when we look up in the evenings.  Campers will explore what it means to launch an Earth-observing satellite, visit JMU's Science on a Sphere Theater, and utilize the John C. Wells Planetarium, which is a $2 Million state-of-the-art hybrid facility. Highlights include a trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  We will also go to the Math-Science Innovation Center in Richmond to engineer our own space mission and visit the Science Museum of Virginia later that same day. There will be science activities, opportunities to go to the campus recreation center, and a movie at JMU's Grafton-Stovall Theater, as well as lots of other fun events over the course of the week.  
Valley Business Keynote | Featuring Kim Scott, Author of Radical Candor (7/26)
July 26, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm | $25
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

The VBK committee is excited to announce another incredible Keynote for VBK 2018 - Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor. She will share with the audience the simple idea of radical candor, and how great managers can demonstrate personal care and direct challenge to build better relationships at work. Her Radical Candor framework will provide you the skills to create a culture of feedback, build cohesive teams, and achieve result. Dave Urso, founder of Dynamic Consulting, will open the 2018 VBK sharing his philosophy about leadership identity development at the individual level, so that you can lead with confidence.
Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:

PBMares is a mid-Atlantic top 100 Certified Public Accounting and consulting firm focused on serving the audit, tax, accounting and consulting needs of companies and individuals across Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC including Hampton Roads, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Peninsula, Tidewater, DC Beltway, Metro DC and Central Virginia. We focus on serving construction/real estate, financial institutions, government contracting, healthcare organizations, not-for-profit and state and local governments. Beyond this, we have specialties in cybersecurity, cloud accounting and transaction advisory services.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:

Harrisonburg City Public Schools is a school system of excellence educating over 5000 students in grades PK-12. Our strength comes from our diverse student population where over 50 languages are spoken by our students. Our school system takes pride in providing a rigorous curriculum that includes many advanced placement, dual enrollment and honors level courses, a regional Governor's school for science, STEM Academies at middle school and high school, and outstanding foreign language, arts, music, journalism, and sports programs. HCPS has outstanding vocational, business and technical education programs including advanced computer labs, and a wide range of computer application opportunities for all students. We are also proud of our fine arts departments from bands to theater productions and everything in between. We are fortunate to have a supportive local community that values the importance of educating children and providing them the experiences and resources needed to be successful learners.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is one of the worlds leading teaching and research hospitals for wildlife and conservation medicine. The Center uses an impressive array of cutting edge technology and social media tools to provide state-of-the art veterinary care to injured wildlife, professional training to veterinary and conservation professionals from more than 40 countries, and environmental education to the audiences worldwide, all in pursuit of its mission, teaching the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment.


Job Opening: Software Engineer

Jenzabar is looking for a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team of passionate people in designing and developing a high quality, end user focused administrative web application for higher education. This individual should be highly proficient with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery and have a passion for web development as well as a keen eye for well-designed UX and UI. The Software Engineer should have solid experience with Responsive Web Design techniques to build interfaces which will adapt to the many devices in which our end users will use to access our application. Solid experience with developing .Net MVC web applications and the .Net framework is highly preferred. If you enjoy working in a team environment to develop an application that will not just let users do their work but help them do their work, then please consider joining the Jenzabar team.

Job Opening: 
Director of Information Technology 

Lexington City Schools | Lexington

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of all server, network, and computing technology for Lexington City Schools and the City of Lexington. This position also assists with networking and server support at the Rockbridge ECC. The position reports to the Superintendent of Lexington City Schools and the City Manager. Given oversight of the city's varied technology infrastructure, the Director of Information Technology must be self - driven, organized, and possess a keen attention to detail. As primary support for faculty, staff, and students, the Director of Information Technology must also be collaborative and committed to customer service. 

Job Opening: 
Security Engineering Manager

JMU IT Technical Services| Harrisonburg

James Madison University is accepting applications for a Security Engineering Manager. The Security Engineering Manager provides leadership and supervision for the security engineering staff and coordinates the IT organizations technical activities to implement and manage the security infrastructure and provide status updates to management and the Information Security Officer.

More information at JMU JobLink

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