Under a new Strategic Research Collaboration, Tyton BioSciences and the Institute will increase the significant impact of their organizations’ respective capabilities by now serving a wide array of new clients and projects.  

Tyton creates solutions to help old industries meet current consumer expectations for environmentally sustainable products without compromises in quality, price, or convenience.  The one-year agreement with Tyton has allowed them to utilize IALR’s advanced chemistry and advanced material labs, along with the skillsets of Scientist Dr. Jeremy Beach and Analytical Chemist Yimeng “Jack” He.

With these labs, IALR scientists are able to identify and characterize Tyton’s materials, ranging from recycled waste fabrics to multi-layer food packaging materials, to allow optimized processing conditions and ensure the desired end product is obtained.

Tyton BioSciences Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Business Development Conor Hartman and IALR Executive Director Mark Gignac.

IALR’s fun-filled Drone Academy saw 18 elementary adventure seekers take to the skies for two days of action-packed education and entertainment.

After learning to design and code their own drones, program coordinator Bruce Waller led the group of third to eighth graders in the computer labs to learn more about the mission control software, TinkerCad, and experiment with 3D constructs in an interactive celebrity hide-and-seek game.

Advanced materials scientist Dr. Jeremy Beach exhibited a 3D printer and how it can replace broken drone propellers or even make your own custom action figures and toys.  Students also got to interact with the 3D printers aboard the Inspiration Lab, the Institute’s mobile STEM educational experience.  

Research assistant Samantha Smith-Herndon displayed the real world applications of drones as she demonstrated her use of the AgBot for farm monitoring, inspiring the next generation of precision farmers.

As the highlight of the Institute’s Spring Break camp, students piloted their own Quadcopter mini drones to test their control and handling skills and upgraded to the larger and more advanced Phantom drones on the second day.

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Bruce Waller instructs a group of 3rd-8th graders on how to piece together their own personal drones in the Institute’s Inspiration Lab during the two-day Drone Academy STEM camp.

Every April, thousands of local leaders honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation.  

To honor service in the Southern Virginia region and the Dan River Year AmeriCorps Program, program coordinators and volunteers planted a Flowering Dogwood tree at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and at the Pittsylvania County School Board office.  

These trees will act as reminders of the hard work and dedication of AmeriCorps’ service members and volunteers to the community.

AmeriCorps program coordinators were also able to have official proclamations signed by the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, City of Martinsville, and Halifax County stating that April 3rd be dedicated as National Service Recognition Day.

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AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Jessica Beebe and Director of Advanced Learning Julie Brown from the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research honor the work of the AmeriCorps volunteers with a tree planting ceremony as local leaders declared April 3rd National Service Recognition Day.

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