Richmond/Innsbrook Grad Making a Difference

Check out ECPI graduate Angela Patton at her TED Talk. It’s eight minutes long and well worth the time. What she is doing to help young ladies is amazing.  Click on the link and we promise, you will feel great after watching it!

Exploring Program in the Spotlight

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The Virginia Beach campus was happy to welcome Scott Mathews, a correspondent for the Virginia Beach Beacon. He came to write a story about high school students who participate in the Exploring Program, sponsored by ECPI. Each week these young people come to campus to learn valuable skills. Right now, they are learning how to make their own video games.

Charleston Students Create Covert Device, Demonstrate Need for Physical Security in Networked Computing

Most people are familiar with anti-virus software, but what about a threat lurking right under the desk?  Well, a group of ECPI University students in Charleston, South Carolina have demonstrated just how simple it is to create an information-stealing covert device that seems like something from a spy novel.

The students embedded a popular miniature computer called a Raspberry Pi into a typical multi-plug power strip to create a device that, once implanted into an office setting, collects data covertly for recovery by the creators.  The project required collaboration between Electronics Engineering Technology students, who completed much of the necessary hardware assembly, and Computer Information Science students, who programmed the device to carry out its task.

“Covert devices are very real and prevalent in our technological world,” said Project Manager Wesley Boothe.  “These devices can be built with common materials from the internet and deployed in an inconspicuous manner with the purpose of gaining access to internal organizational data.” Appropriately enough, they named the device “The Odysseus,” a nod to the famous myth of the Trojan horse.
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App Camp in Chesapeake, Virginia

Virginian-Pilot Reporter Hattie Brown Garrow came to cover ECPI’s App Camp at the Chesapeake Conference Center today. In conjunction with the Chesapeake Technology Business Consortium and Chesapeake Public Schools, the university is providing instruction during a week-long, intensive course on mobile apps.

Students participating in this free program learn how to build an app, develop solutions for potential problems and create graphics for the interface. Led by ECPI University Associate Dean of Education Technology Gerry White, they will also learn how to make a basic game for mobile devices that is downloadable so they can play it with their friends.

The ultimate goal, however, is to ignite student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by making these subjects fun. “You never know, this sort of experience just might lead a student down a very rewarding career path,” says White. “When you show them the practical applications of something they once considered abstract, it creates a fertile ground for learning.”

ECPI Sponsors STEM Robotics Challenge

ECPI University sponsored Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ STEM Robotics Challenge which took place today at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The almost 400 students from Virginia Beach schools participating in the STEM Robotics Challenge included Christopher Farms, Landstown, Linkhorn Park, Lynnhaven, Princess Anne, Strawbridge, and Thoroughgood Elementary Schools; Kempsville, Plaza and Virginia Beach Middle Schools; and Bayside, Cox, Green Run, Kellam, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Princess Anne, Salem, and Tallwood High Schools as well as the Advanced Technology Academy and the Technical and Career Education Center.

In addition to our sponsorship, ECPI University faculty members Lance Blevins and Ed Konowicz (seen in photo) served as judges. There were  many bright young people at the event and ECPI was proud to participate!