Posted on February 11th, 2016 by Mary Lord
To broaden access and reduce inequities in STEM education and after-school programming, FIRST® has partnered with Apple and Microsoft to provide grants of up to $50,000 to as many as 15 communities in United States and Canada for the coming school year. Letters of intent are due March 11, 2016.
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Tags: after-school program, FIRST, grants, nonprofit, Professional Development, Resources for Teachers, Robotics, STEM education, STEM Equity Awards, stipenss, Teacher Training, travel, underserved students
Posted on June 25th, 2015 by Mary Lord
How do you study an animal that can’t sit still or an environment so extreme you can’t visit? National Geographic Education’s Engineering Exploration Challenge (NGX) asks children 6 to 18 to follow the engineering design process to develop, build, and test robots to solve big challenges that explorers often face in the field.
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Tags: Competitions for Students, Contest, Design, Engineering Exploration Challenge, National Geographic, Robotics
Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Mary Lord
They clean floors, deliver drinks, fetch like puppies, even tell jokes. But can personal robots improve engineering education?
James McLurkin, an assistant professor of computer science at Rice University, certainly thinks so. And no wonder. The pioneer of swarming robotics has seen his bagel-size ’bot transform an introductory engineering course into an unabashedly fun way to convey circuits, mechanics, and other core concepts.
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Tags: ASEE Prism, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Curriculum, engineering education, James McLurkin, programming, r-one, Rice University, Robotics, robots in education, STEM education, swarmbots, VEX
Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Mary Lord
A Robot Block Party on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I., FIRST Robotics and LEGO League contests, and Botball regionals in New Mexico are just some of the 250-plus events taking place around the country during National Robotics Week.
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Tags: Class Activities, Competitions for Students, Internet Resources, National Robotics Week 2015, Robotics, Video contest
Posted on June 19th, 2014 by Mary Lord
In this activity, part of a robotics design curricular unit, teams of students in grades 4 – 8 learn how to program LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT intelligent bricks so that one can remotely control the other, gaining skills and an appreciation for wireless communications as they play “robot soccer.”
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Tags: Class Activities, Electrical Engineering, Grades 6-8, LEGOS, Lesson Plans, programming, Robotics, soccer, software engineering, wireless communications
Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Mary Lord
In this activity, students working in pairs learn basic computer programming and software engineering concepts by building an obstacle course, then steering a blindfolded friend through it by using a series of commands. They re-run the maze to improve on their “program.”
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Tags: Class Activities, coding, Computer Programming, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Robotics, software engineering, Technology
Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Mary Lord
From regional FIRST Robotics competitions to a day of special events at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the country will mark National Robotics Week April 6 – 14 with a host of engaging, hands-on activities. Find activities in your area.
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Tags: Building robots, National Robotics Week, Robotics, Robotics Competitions
Posted on March 18th, 2013 by Mary Lord
In this activity, students in grades 5 to 12 learn about accuracy, precision, and simple machines by working in teams to design and build a robotic basketball “player” that can nail a free-throw shot three times in a row.
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Tags: accuracy, basketball, biomechanical engineering, biomechanics, catapult, Class Activities, Engineering, lever, Mathematics, percentages, Physics, precision, projectile, Robotics, simple machines, Sports Engineering, statistics
Posted on June 19th, 2011 by Mary Lord
When University of California, Berkeley senior Austin Whitney walked across the stage at graduation on May 14, 2011, it was more than just a personal triumph. His rise from a wheelchair represented a triumph for paralyzed people everywhere–and for engineers whose “adaptive technology” designs have helped disabled individuals overcome mobility limitations.
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Tags: adaptive technologies, Berkeley, Biomedical, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering, Materials Engineering, Robotics