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Virginia Mountain Section of the IEEE Announcements

  • Next Meeting : Thursday, January 20, 2011 in Roanoke.
    See meeting details below.
    Meeting Announcement

Spouse's Meeting
Developing Future Engineers and Scientists:
Coaching a FIRST Lego League Team

Presented by: Dave and Barbara Livingston


The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competitions were developed by engineer and inventor Dean Kamen to motivate children to pursue careers in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Since its inception, the FIRST program has grown into the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC, 9th through 12th grades), the FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC, 9th through 12th grades), the FIRST Lego League (FLL, 4th through 8th grades) and the Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr. FLL, kindergarten through 3rd grades).

Barbara and Dave Livingston will relate their experiences coaching and mentoring FLL and FTC teams. The general concepts behind the FIRST Lego League contests will be explained, followed by examples of the contests from the last three years. Coaching and mentoring practices will be discussed. Results of the participation in the FLL program including problems encountered by the teams and benefits obtained by the team members will also be covered. Resources for further information on the FIRST programs will be presented for those attendees interested in becoming a coach or mentor.


Barbara Livingston is an elementary school teacher at Buchanan Elementary School in Buchanan Virginia. She is certified to teach pre-school through 12th grade and is currently teaching 5th grade mathematics. Barbara received the B.A. in Education from SUNY Cortland University in Cortland, New York and the M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a member of the National Education Association, and the Alpha Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Barbara has coached Buchanan Elementary FIRST Lego League team for the past three years. She enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and knitting.

Dave Livingston is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He received the B.S.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His research interests include computational intelligence, evolutionary robotics, and embedded systems. Dave is a senior member of the IEEE and has served in various officer positions with the Virginia Mountain Section and the Computer Society. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. For fun, Dave mentors FIRST robotics teams in Botetourt and Rockbridge counties and plays rhythm guitar in a “Jurassic rock” band.

Meeting Details:
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Cost: Spouse's Special
Member and Significant Other: $30.00,
Individual Members & Guests $20.00,
Students $10.00

Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View (click here for map)
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, Virginia

Directions to Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View:
I-581, Exit 3
Hershberger Rd West
1st Right onto Ordway Drive, ¼ mile,
Right into parking lot.

Please contact Howard Moses, or 540-961-7215, ext. 305 to make reservations by
5 PM, Monday, January 17, 2011 and specify the number of attendees.


The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

We currently have one active technical chapter representing three Technical Societies:

  • Computers, Control Systems, and Industrial Electronics

two Student Chapters in local universities and colleges:

  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech

and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group

The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.

Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information should contact David Livingston,

Information about our Section, the Chapters, and material of interest to our members may be found by selecting items in the left column of this page.

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