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Pitsco Debuts STEM Expeditions

Pitsco Education continues its innovative development of cross-curricular STEM content with the release of STEM Expeditions.

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Blue Ocean’s New Industrial Mini-Picker

Blue Ocean Robotics, a leading provider of emerging robots and automation solutions, recently announced the release of their standard solution for 3D bin picking of small industrial parts, the Mini-Picker bin picking solution.

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Bacteria: The Next Frontier in Mind Control

In a paper published in Scientific Reports, Virginia Tech scientist, Warren Ruder, used a mathematical model to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot.

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WPI’s Berenson Receives IEEE Early Career Award

Dmitry Berenson, assistant professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been awarded the 2016 Early Career Award by the IEEE-RAS.

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NASA, WPI Partner for $1.5M Sample Return Robot Challenge

2016 will be the fifth year in a row that Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and NASA will team up in pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and for planet Earth. Registrations are now being accepted for the $1.5 million 2016 Sample Return Robot (SRR) Challenge.

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“Boaty McBoatface” Lives on as a Sub-Sea ROV!

U.K.'s new polar research vessel, RSS David Attenborough launches in 2019. If the voting public had its way, it would be RSS Boaty McBoatface. To appease voters, the name lives on as the sub-sea ROV onboard.

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Award-Winning OZOBOT Teaches Coding to Tykes

Ozobot receives the National Parenting Center’s 2016 Seal of Approval as a great, innovative, non-intimidating introduction to computer coding for kids as young as age six.

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MIT’s Decentralized Algorithm for Teams of Robots

At the 2016 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Stockholm, MIT researchers presented a new, decentralized planning algorithm for teams of robots that factors in not only stationary obstacles, but moving obstacles, as well.

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Marshmallow Catapult Challenge Kit

The Marshmallow Catapult Challenge is adapted from a popular activity in the Junk Drawer Robotics Level 1 curriculum. This hands-on challenge guides youth through engineering a catapult to launch a marshmallow more than six feet.

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Sphero SPRK Edition

Sphero, the app-enabled robotic ball can teach kids programming with free SPRK (Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids) program lessons.

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Start Blynking! SparkFun’s Blynk Board

The SparkFun Blynk Board is an easy-to-use app builder that allows users to add buttons, sliders, graphs, and RGB controllers to their phones. Available at www.SparkFun.com for $29.99.

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Inspectorbots Releases New Pan/Tilt Minibot

Inspectorbots' new Pan/Tilt Minibot, a teleoperated FPV UGV, features a GoPro camera for live video feed and surveillance stills.

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New Drone Launches from Underwater for Aerial Missions

CRACUNS, an unmanned aerial vehicle, can be stationed under water, then launch into the air to perform a variety of aerial missions.

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