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VCU students compete in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition in California

Starting with more than 600 entries from more than 40 countries, the 11-month-long 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition came to an end Sunday when just three of those teams raced their pod vehicles in the near-vacuum tube at SpaceX global headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

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From the VCU College of Engineering we get the story on some amazing VCU students. Read the full story on VCU’s School of Engineering website.

Starting with more than 600 entries from more than 40 countries, the 11-month-long 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition came to an end Sunday when just three of those teams raced their pod vehicles in the near-vacuum tube at SpaceX global headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Each of the remaining teams displayed their pods in tents lining Jack Northrup Boulevard, creating a festival-like setting with a grandstand positioned near the entrance of the race tube and some 2,000 people in attendance.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stopped at several tents to talk to teams about their designs and ultimately announced the winners.

The reining team from the previous two competitions, WARR Hyperloop from the Technical University of Munich, once again earned the top place with a pod speed of 290 mph. Finishing second and third, respectively, were Delft Hyperloop and EPFLoop.

Going up against many teams that have been here twice previously, VCU’s Hyperloop team had a remarkable showing as one of just 20 invited to compete at SpaceX headquarters and one of only nine United States teams at the competition.

While Hyperloop at VCU was not one of the three teams to race on competition day, this team gave it their all right up to the last moment, passing many tests and completing many qualifications.

“They’ve stayed focused, grinding it through, addressing issues,” said their faculty adviser L. Franklin Bost, M.B.A., IDSA, FAIMBE and executive associate dean of innovation and outreach. “It reminds me a bit of the pits in an auto race where all the teams are still working on their vehicles.

“Some teams pulled out early and the VCU team continued working. They’ve made it through many, many of the qualifications,” said Bost, referencing several teams who withdrew from the competition early for various reasons.

Every team encounters a learning curve and none steeper than the first year, said teammates from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Badgerloop team competing for the third time. Their advice for a first-year team: Go as far as you can go. Complete as many tests as you can complete. Because the learning gained from each of these will be invaluable for next year.

“I think most people feel like they’ve tried their hardest because they have,” said Hyperloop at VCU President Arthur Chadwick. “They’ve been pushing really hard, even harder than they had to catch up to these multiple-year teams.”

Chadwick said not only is he proud of the team’s performance in this competition, he’s also proud of the growth among team members in their individual responsibility and also in the way they work with each other.

“It’s nice seeing people interacting with each other on their own, following up and pushing themselves. People are becoming more intrinsically motivated because they know what they’re doing and see their potential for next year.”

“This is an amazing group of students,” said Bost. “They are dedicated to representing VCU and are doing the absolute best they can in this competition.”

VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., his family and several sponsors attended the Hyperloop competition, taking part in the street festival and watching the top pods race.

Rao said he feels extreme pride in this multidisciplinary team of students for what they have accomplished in just 11 months.

“I think you’ve taken VCU to the next level,” he said. “Look at the company you’re in here. You guys continue to elevate VCU.”

Rao said these students are “absolutely at the top” in terms of their ability to function as a large team, in their mechanical engineering skills and their business skills. Now with a full year to incorporate all they’ve learned from this competition and to plan for the next one, Rao said he “is excited about all the future years,” knowing that this team and VCU are at the forefront of innovation that will “make the human experience better for everyone.

“I’m proud of them. I’ve learned so much from them. They are filled with so much optimism and positive energy, talking about what we can do.”

Tired and slightly sunburned from a week of nearly round-the-clock effort, Hyperloop at VCU is heading back to Richmond, heads held high from an amazing journey.

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Virginia Museum of History & Culture Offers Professional Development Programming for Educators

Primarily Virginia is an online course designed for K-12 teachers to explore Virginia’s past through objects and primary sources.

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As part of its summer programming, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) will offer a series of professional development workshops for teachers both in person and virtually.

Primarily Virginia is an online course designed for K-12 teachers to explore Virginia’s past through objects and primary sources. All course work is completed online and there is no required in person meetings. By participating in the online course, educators can earn up to 45 recertification points, and thanks to the generosity of the WestRock Foundation, the online course is free of charge to Virginia teachers. The course is offered three times a year and will begin on June 27th, 2022. Registration must be completed by June 25th.

The Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute invites educators to participate in a weeklong program that examines Virginia’s history, government, and geography through exhibition tours, guest speakers, primary source analysis, and self-guided tours of the museum.

The program is offered twice each summer to both private and public school teachers of any grade level, with the first session beginning July 11th- July 15th . This session will cover general Virginia history, and registration information can be found here. The second session runs from July 25th-July 29th and will focus on the museum’s largest new exhibition, Our Commonwealth. Registration information for this session can be found here.

Each of the Weinstein Properties Summer Teachers Institutes are held at the Virginia Museum of History & culture and include a day-long field trip to the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville, Virginia. The cost for each session is $50 which will be refunded upon completion of the class. Materials and lunch will also be provided free of charge and educators who participate will be eligible for recertification points.

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is proud to serve as an aid and resource to educators in Virginia by offering updated content, structured training, and an open forum to share ideas. In addition to the Teachers Institute, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture will also be partnering with other cultural institutes to offer programming this summer for educators. A workshop entitled Power of the People: Engaging with American Democracy is being held at the museum on June 28th in partnership with the Library of Virginia. Registration information for this workshop can be found here. Educators are also encouraged to register for the August 10th & 11th workshop in partnership with five Richmond area museums, entitled Monumental Moments: Public Art and Public Memory.

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Field Day RVA event benefiting Higher Achievement returns after two-year hiatus

Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks.

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Field Day RVA, a community fundraising event for the nonprofit organization Higher Achievement, presented by BrownGreer, is set to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. The event took a two-year pause due to the pandemic and has returned to the Richmond community this year.

The day-long event takes place at the Bon Secours Training Center, formerly known as the Washington Redskins Training Camp, located at 2401 West Leigh Street. Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks. Previous years have been in attendance by Mayor Levar Stoney, Dominion Energy, ABC News teams, and community members all throughout Richmond.

“We were disappointed when our 2020 and 2021 events had to be postponed, but could not be more thrilled to be back this year. Higher Achievement Richmond has profound impacts on the middle school scholars within Richmond, and this event is a great way to support our mission,” said Katey Comerford, Executive Director for Higher Achievement Richmond.

To attend Field Day RVA 2022, individuals can register at fielddayrva.eventbrite.com.

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HCPS students to get insight into Henrico’s government, school operations during 63rd annual Student Government Day

Henrico County high school students will get a firsthand look at their county government and school system operations when Student Government Day returns April 27-28 following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Henrico County high school students will get a firsthand look at their county government and school system operations when Student Government Day returns April 27-28 following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the 63rd Student Government Day, 93 students from Henrico’s nine public high schools, The Academy at Virginia Randolph and the Henrico Virtual Academy are scheduled to shadow elected and appointed officials – including members of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board, county manager, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, constitutional officers and judges – to learn about their roles and responsibilities.

“Henrico County is thrilled to bring back Student Government Day after a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “This event allows many of our bright high school students to immerse themselves in the issues and decisions that impact our residents and businesses every day. It’s a proud tradition that highlights the tremendous partnership between our general government and Henrico County Public Schools.”

Student Government Day was first held in 1958 and was long supported by the Kiwanis clubs of North Richmond, Tuckahoe and Greater Richmond. This year’s event will begin with an investiture at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in the auditorium of Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road. With the help of Henrico’s Circuit judges, 33 students will recite the oaths of office as if they were being sworn into their positions.

Students who are matched with general government officials will report to work at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28. The day will include opportunities to learn how various departments function and will conclude with a simulated work session of the Board of Supervisors at 12:30 p.m. in the County Manager’s Conference Room and a simulated regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors at 2 p.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

In the meetings, students will have opportunities to discuss and debate local issues as if they were officially in the roles of elected and appointed officials.

The Board of Supervisors will take no official action as part of its participation in Student Government Day.

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