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Announced July 13, the program, Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE), is a carefully integrated mix of multiple tiers

Announced July 13, the program, Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE), is a carefully integrated mix of multiple tiers of web and technology teaching and assessment tools that will be systematically deployed by world experts at Carnegie Mellon and made available to educators and students nationally. The combined effect of these intertwined programs will be to expose unprecedented numbers of students to robotics and computer science lessons that, in turn, will lead to the development of the next generation of innovators.

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A PERSONAL BRUSH WITH THE ANCESTOR OF THE BIGGEST BOT

I look forward to offering opinions and thoughts in this blog on some of the most interesting technologies in the exploding robotics arena--and to reading your comments, which we really welcome.

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Carnegie Mellon Launches a Mega Million Dollar Robotics Education Initiative

In this column we like to highlight successful growing robotics programs, competitions, initiatives and the robots used in them—and this issue, we have a mega-story that in a compelling sense encompasses practically all of our past columns. Robots are inherently interesting and they attract the curiosity of students and hobbyists alike in a way that makes learning computer science, science, technology, engineering and math (CS-STEM) engaging and fun. For this reason, robotics competitions and programs, both in-class and extracurricular, have been growing like wildfire domestically and worldwide— the attraction of robots make them natural teaching and learning tools.

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Vex Growing Worldwide

College Challenges Emerge—Community Thrives The Vex Robotics Competition is one of the fastest rising competitive robotics sector around the world, and is now open to college-level students who will be attending the second annual VEX Robotics World Championship to be held at the Dallas Convention Center …

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Basics of making custom robot brackets and skeletal parts

—Cutting Sheet Metal with a Sherline Mill Check out how Matt Bauer cuts and shapes metal pieces to make robot brackets. Click here for an ERB.zip file that contains .nc g-code files provided by Matt for the Sherline mill and a “how-to” .pdf. —the editors I am the …

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CoroBots and Microsoft Robotics Studio at Vassar

Robot Spotlight CoroBots and Microsoft Robotics Studio at Vassar   CoroBots are broadly capable and expandible four-wheeled mobile robot platforms designed to minimize the cost and complexity of robotics research and development. When Robot learned that CoroBots and Microsoft Robotics Studio were in active use at …

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Interview – CoroWare Robotics – Behind the Scenes

Exclusive Robot Interview CoroWare Robotics – Behind the Scenes We caught up with Lloyd Spencer, President and CEO of CoroWare, Jon Mandrell, CoroWare Managing Consultant, and Kami Noland, Marketing Coordinator, to find out more about CoroWare’s entry into the robotics marketplace and its business philosophy and …

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Growing An Industry – A National Priority

Robot magazine Editor-in-Chief Tom Atwood had the privilege of presenting at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Educators Conference on the current status of the robotics industry in the U.S., and the challenges we face to grow these markets, which include growing technologies that form the basis …

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Revolution!

ROBOT had the privilege of meeting with Soren Lund, International Director of LEGO® MINDSTORMS™, and with Kristin Greene (Flashpoint PR), who has been helping coordinate the public relations side of MINDSTORMS since its inception in 1998, to learn more about the new LEGO MINDSTORMS release. It was for us, an extraordinary interview—ROBOTwas given an opportunity to take pictures and video clips of the new technology in action.

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Congressmen Doyle and Wamp Launch Congressional Caucus on Robotics

On June 20, 2007, Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle and Tennessee Congressman Zack Wamp announced the formation of a bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Robotics. The caucus will focus on key issues facing the nation’s traditional industrial robotics industry as well as issues critical to growing companies, markets, …

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RoboGames, World’s Largest Open Robot Competition, San Francisco June 15 – 17

http://robogames.net/index.php RoboGames is the world’s largest open robot competition. The best minds from around the world are invited  to compete in over 70 different events. Combat robots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu will compete and be demonstrated. Some robots …

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For Kids! Überbots Humanoid Sumo Fun

For Kids! Überbots Humanoid Sumo FunÜberbots Humanoid Sumo Video Windows Media Video, 19MB Überbots humanoid biped toy robots, offered by Überstix, www.uberstix.com, offer kids a chance to be mechanical engineers. Überstix  is a company that has created sets of interchangeable plastic building pieces that can be …

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SolidWorks Sponsors Botball With 3D Software

The Botball Educational Robotics Program sponsors one of the largest robot competitions, with over 300 teams of from two to thirty students competing in annual competitions. This exciting robot competition has just received a turbo boost that will both empower participants and accelerate the expansion of …

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