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October 25, 2013 

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DBT-DATA purchases data center in Harrisonburg
FIRST Lego League --Nature's Fury
Deadline is Nov. 1st for Governor's Awards Nominations
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)
VT KnowledgeWorks Game Changer Challenge Deadline Nov. 1st
DBT-DATA purchases data storage center in Harrisonburg   

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 DBT-DATA finalized the purchase of its the13-acre Cyber Integration Center located in Harrisonburg. DBT-DATA, based in Ashburn, operates four other data centers. The Harrisonburg location is the only data center in Maryland and Virginia with a Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute, which establishes industry standards for a data center's performance and efficiency. The facility also possesses a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.  DBT-DATA will operate the Harrisonburg facility to meet the strictest standards required by the Federal Government and private enterprise. As the previous owner did, DBT will ensure the center adheres to the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA), which requires federal agencies and contractors to have cyber security programs that safeguard information.

"DBT is excited about bringing our new Harrisonburg, Virginia data center online as a state of the art facility. Demand for federal government and private sector data storage is enormous in the greater Washington area," said David Tolson, president of DBT Development.


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Teams set for regional FIRST Lego League (FLL) Competition November 16 at JMU -- more volunteers sought    

The SVTC is  a sponsor of the regional FLL competition on Nov 16th at JMU -- we sponsor teams by reimbursing 50% their start-up costs back to up to 3 local teams.  For more information about the Nov. 16 event visit the Website or contact Ralph Grove with JMU/CISE.  We also provide support in the way of volunteers at the regional (and state) competitions held in Harrisonburg. November's competition is held at JMU's CISAT building. We are still recruiting volunteers. There are positions for robot judges, presentation judges, runners, score entry people, and set-up and tear-down. No prior experience is required. Interested? Drop Nicky a note

Member Kurt Plowman judging 2011 FLL

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a fun STEM activity that celebrates science and technology with children aged 9 through 14. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System technology, young participants can build a robot using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears. Teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.  This year's challenge is Nature's Fury -- be prepared. be safe. re-build.

Mark you calendars for December 7 & 8 for the FLL  Virginia / DC FIRST Lego League competition which is held at JMU's Memorial Hall and Harrisonburg High.  It's a massive event: it pits 100 teams of 9 - 14 year olds from across the state against each other in 3 competitions.  They come with team 3-9 members, plus coaches, mentors, parents, siblings  and assorted supporters.  They stay the  night; dine and shop; and compete for 2 frantic days of non-stop action.  

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Fifth Annual Governor's Award for Science Innovation with Emphasis on STEM Innovation and Global Competitiveness. Deadline is Nov. 1     
The Science Museum of Virginia is currently accepting nominations for the Fifth Annual Governor's Award for Science Innovation.  This award is designed to recognize an emerging company or organization that has made a significant impact in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and inspires innovation and reinforces the global competitiveness of Virginia.  The award strives to recognize small businesses and organizations who are providing leadership and/ or workforce development in STEM related fields. 
Nominations are due to the Science Museum of Virginia by November 1st.  The award will be presented at the Science Museum of Virginia's annual General Assembly Reception in January. 


Make a nomination:

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More information for the Gov's Award for Science Innovation  


Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) Streamlines the Internship Process

The Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in partnership with Virginia's Regional Technology Councils, and in collaboration with Virginia companies, Virginia colleges, and community colleges, has created the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP links undergraduate STEM students to paid summer internship positions with companies throughout Virginia.

This program offers a one-stop, centralized, online internship application system that provides Virginia's undergraduate STEM majors the ability to search and apply for STEM-related (summer/fall/spring) paid internship opportunities with participating Virginia-based companies that can search our database of pre-screened student applications for specific skills, experience, educational background, interests and desired work locations to find the best possible candidates for their paid summer internships. Companies select students, make offers, and employ interns directly.

 We encourage you to utilize this resource which is free of charge to both the company and the student. 

Go to CSIIP for more information or to post your internship needs. 

VT KnowledgeWorks announces
Game Changer Challenge

 One entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team may qualify for a $25,000 "Running Start" loan plus a package of free startup assistance services.  Solid runners-up may also qualify for free startup assistance. 

Any aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team may enter. Finalists will be selected by VT KnowledgeWorks staff, and will then be invited to make a 15-minute presentation to the Running Start Committee on their proposed new ventures.  There will be no public events, nor will competing teams be allowed to attend each others presentations. Proposals must be submitted in accordance with these guidelines.The deadline for 2013 application submissions is November 1, 2013.

VT KnowledgeWorks is a program of the Virginia Tech Research Center and is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation.  Stipulations include locating the business in the Virginia Tech Research Center as well as some intellectual property stipulations.  Visit the VT KnowledgeWorks/Game Changer website for more information and information about entering.


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A Busy Week in the Valley

Many thanks to our members and friends who attending this week's events with SRI, Dr. Moos and Dr. Curtis.  We were so pleased with the response for these events.  The technology community of the valley was well represented at these events.  We'll keep you informed about more events happening in our area.


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