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Curriculum: The Infinity Project

The Infinity Project offers national middle school, high school, and early college engineering curricula. Created to help students see the real value of math and science and its varied applications to high tech engineering, this math- and science-based engineering and technology education initiative promises to help educators deliver engineering with a minimum of training, expense, and time. Element of the program include: the Engineering Our Digital Future textbook; the Infinity Project Technology Kit; and comprehensive Professional Development Institutes for teachers. Visit the Website to learn more about the different elements of the program, and to read the blog and newsletters.

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Feature: Robots to the Rescue

Japan is Cool Robot Central. There are ‘bots that play soccer, dance, climb trees, and swim – not to mention manning assembly lines. Now, the nation that has long dominated industrial robotics is grappling with ways robots can tackle society’s other challenges, like aiding firefighters and an aging population.

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Program: National Robotics Week. April 10-18, 2010


National Robotics Week, April 10-18, 2010, recognizes robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation, highlights its growing importance in a wide variety of application areas, and emphasizes its ability to inspire technology education. A week-long series of events and activities is planned to increase public awareness of the growing importance of “robo-technology.”

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Event: Cambridge Science Fest, April 24-May 2

The Cambridge Science Festival is a celebration showcasing Cambridge, Mass., is a multifaceted, multicultural event that makes science accessible, interactive and fun, highlighting the impact of STEM in all our lives.

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Web Conference: Smithsonian Problem-Solving. April 13-14; 28-29, 2010.

Smithsonian historians, scientists, and other researchers share their questions, methods, and findings in an interactive format, welcoming educators to contribute their own ideas. This multi-disciplinary two-part online conference will feature live presentations, moderated forums, and demonstrations of how Smithsonian specialists use critical thinking skills to solve problems in their areas of expertise. An online exhibit hall will allow participants everywhere to experience virtually the world of the Smithsonian and the wealth of its resources. April 13-14 (“World Cultures and the American Experience”) and 28-29 (“Biodiversity and Mysteries of the Universe”), 2010.

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Event: Robot Fest, Nat’l Electronics Museum, Linthicum, MD. April 24, 2010.

RobotFest is a free, one-day event that promotes creativity, technology, engineering and the sciences. Held at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland, April 24, 2010, 10am-3pm, RobotFest invites students of all ages and those with the unquenchable urge to create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics and mechanical parts of metal and plastic.

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Website: iRobot Educational Materials

The SPARK Website supported by iRobot, provides educational materials for students, educators, and families, including curricular units and hands-on activities, lesson plans, links, and outreach programs. Be sure to check out the games and activities offered for students.

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Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab for Inventors. Washington, DC

Spark!Lab is a hands-on invention activity center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC,. The fun activities incorporate history, science, engineering, technology, and art to help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. Young visitors can play games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors’ notebooks, and even invent! Lab bench experiments are offered at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

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Diners’ Delight

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Since “the world’s first cooking robot” appeared in China four years ago, roboticists around the world have devised a veritable army of new robots designed to serve and cook food. Although they’re too expensive for most eateries to adopt, they provide great entertainment and get people comfortable with the machines.

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