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Virginia Western to host introduction workshop about collaborative robots (cobots)

Virginia Western Community College has partnered with Hartfiel Automation to provide a collaborative robot (cobot) workshop on Oct. 9. Participants will how cobots impact our lives past, present and future. This workshop will include hands-on activities, lunch and a networking event.

Topics that we will be covering at the workshop:
• The history of cobots – past, present & future
• The value & benefits of universal robots
• Possible applications – 3 D’s: The dull, the dirty & the dangerous
• Supportive tools/end of arm tooling (EOAT)
• Hands on activities & introductions to top industry experts

When: 8:30 a.m. – noon, Oct. 9

Where: Virginia Western Community College, 3094 Colonial Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

Cost: $99.00 refundable deposit

Register: See Virginia Western’s Facebook event page or register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/regform…

Virginia Western students chosen to present rural broadband solution at Botetourt County Rural Broadband Technology Summit

Virginia Western students, Lauren Estep and Chase Schepise, presented their winning poster presentation at Botetourt County’s two-day, BoCo Rural Broadband Technology Solutions Summit this week, and received $250 scholarship awards from Bank of Botetourt. Professor Jeff Scott’s internetworking class submitted posters to the summit as part of the summits challenge: Education in Action – Rural Broadband Concept Solution.

BoCo Summit’s site explains, “The Rural Broadband Summit provides a connective path to the implementation of advanced, affordable, high capacity internet for all Botetourt County, in the near future.” And, that Botetourt County is becoming a pioneer in providing rural broadband solutions for the county as over 3,000 rural counties nationwide observe the county’s process.

The two-day summit, September 25 and 26, brought more than 40 speakers, sharing their experiences in rural broadband and information on leading technologies such as drones, fiber networks and TV white space, according to a Roanoke Times article. Information gathered at the summit will help develop solutions to expanding broadband across the county.