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Robotics Summer Camp Advisor

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Robotics Summer Camps have become a great way for kids to keep busy during their breaks from school while learning some important skills that will last a lifetime. Visit the Robot Magazine website to learn more about what types of camps are available and how to find them. Read More »

Adventures in Robotics

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Imagine it, build it and watch it go! Powered by the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education NXT Base Set and Software, our Adventures in Robotics course explores the exciting world of robotics! The powerful, easy-to-use programming software introduces students to Robot Educator, a step-by-step digital guide with 46 tutorials for beginner to advanced levels. Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows XP, Vista ... Read More »

Universities For Robotics

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Author: Thomas Marsh You Want To Study Robotics. They Want The Brightest Minds. Now What? Don’t Worry. We’ve Got You Covered. If you are a reader of this magazine you love robotics. If youve landed on this page, chances may well be you are interested in furthering your knowledge of robotics through intense higher learning at a top university. However, ... Read More »

Georgia Tech’s Shimon Can Jam!

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When most of think of robots, we think of task-orientated machines, not grooving hep-cats laying down the sound with their bandmates while bobbing their head to the beat. However, that is what the team at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology created when they designed Shimon, a marimba-playing robot that can improvise jazz solos and backup human musicians based upon their playing—not based on a pre-programmed sequence of notes and rhythms. And it learns over time to improve its virtuosity, accompaniment and improvisational skills! Read More »

VEX Robotics World Championship Recap

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The 4th annual VEX Robotics World Championship, held at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, April 14 - 16, was a phenomenal event of enormous proportions, exceeding all previous records in size for VEX Competitions. This year, almost 600 out of the nearly 4,000 VEX Robotics Competition teams worldwide, representing 16 countries, earned the right to bring their robotic masterpieces to the “Happiest Place on Earth” for the action-packed global tournament. To get to the World Champs, these teams had to prove themselves by winning regional competitions. Read More »

The Evolution Of A Roboticist – Mark Tilden

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He is a standout not only for what he has accomplished in the world of robotics but for who he is. Not content with turning the robot world on its head by establishing a brand-new school of thought known as ”BEAM” robots (derived from “Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics,” see the July-August Robot , page 78), Tilden has since gone on to succeed in academic circles, build robots for the US military’s Los Alamos Labs and for NASA’s space program. And, get this—he can even lay claim to stupendous commercial success with his robots—with 22 million sold and counting! Read More »

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. Read More »

Robotics Summer Camps 2010

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There are a growing number of summer camps springing up around the nation that teach robotics on an entry level. These are educational venues where young hobbyists can learn the basics and get the chance to assemble robots ranging in complexity from entry level kits to more advanced projects that embody early levels of “professional tool chains” used by programmers who have moved beyond BASIC. Read More »

Teaching With Robots

Teaching With Robots A Guide To Finding Curriculum and Resources by Dr. Kenneth Berry, kenb@botmag.com, Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge      The following is an expanded treatment of Ken Berry’s Spring 2007 Robot Magazine EDU BOTS feature story on locating and using robotics curriculum and lesson programs. Please also see the resource list of curriculum and lesson plan ... Read More »