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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Video: Lego Robots Scoot into Classrooms and Teach Kids How to Code

January 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During his State of the Union address, President Obama said one of his goals for the future is to "help students learn to write computer code." Lego has developed its own fun way to do just that. Lego Elementary WeDo 2.0 kits come with a smart hub (featuring a battery,...

Government Technology and the State of the Union

January 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During last night's State of the Union address, President Obama kept mentioning technology as a big focus area, highlighting renewable energy, computer science and coding skills for students, and medical research. He continually cited America's "spirit of discovery and innovation." "That spirit of discovery is in our DNA," the president...

Looking for Your Very Own R2-D2? Here Are Robot Sidekicks That Come Close

January 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people have been hoping for their very own adorable robot assistant since the first "Star Wars" movie out in 1977. Since then, technology has come a long way, and personal robots are now available for purchase. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a few friendly robots...

Video: This Drone Can Teach You How to Code

January 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to learn how to code and fly a drone at the same time? Check out Robolink's CoDrone. Tiny in size, it look like just toy, but in fact this drone is a useful tool for anyone who wants to begin programming. Robolink has online tutorials available so both kids...

Video: The Gadgets from CES That Will Improve Your Life

January 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many see the Internet of Things as revolutionary, while others point out the major security risks. But some smart devices just want to make life a little bit easier for busy users. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, these gadgets stole the show. Have a problem with...

What Color Lightsaber Would Use the Most Energy?

January 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To celebrate the arrival of The Force Awakens, the latest chapter in the "Star Wars" saga, the Energy Department gathered some of its best and brightest to talk about some of the potential science behind these beloved movies. The four scientists came together in a "Rebel Alliance Google Hangout" and...

Video: How to Make Your iPhone More Secure

January 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For many people, their whole life is contained on their iPhone. So, keeping it safe and secure is pretty important. If you haven't already, make sure your iPhone locks when not in use. If your device already locks, make it lock quicker, so that it requires a passcode immediately. It...

Video: Smartphone Tech to Expect in 2016

January 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This year, expect the already-advanced smartphone to evolve even further. As more devices become a part of the Internet of Things, the smartphone might evolve into a universal remote control for all things "smart" -- like a smartwatch, smarthome and virtual reality. Smartphones will also integrate further with your car....

Video: What Are Your Tech Resolutions for 2016?

January 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 2015 has come and gone and with the start of a new year, many have resolved to start eating healthy or finally organize their home. Another area most people have room for improvement? Personal tech. This January, we can all resolve to make our passwords more secure and update operating...

Video: How to Track All of Your Holiday Packages

December 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Dec. 24 deadline for gifts draws nearer, many are anxiously tracking their mail on multiple sites, hoping to make it on time. But there is a more efficient ways to track packages. Users with a Gmail account can track any shipments through Google search. When signed into Gmail,...

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