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  • Blog Post: Fun is to Entertainment as Education is to Training

    How often have you heard a teacher say something to the effect that their job is not to entertain? My guess is pretty often. I know I have heard it a lot. Teachers jobs are to educate. What bothers me though is that learning should be fun! I just love to learn. That is why I read, why I attend conferences...
  • Blog Post: Young People Doing Exciting Things

    This has been an inspiring week for me. Last weekend though Monday I was in Redmond for the US Imagine Cup . Great projects. Today I am at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St Louis. And I’m seeing some amazing things here already. For example imagine a robot arm controlled by leg movements? Robotics...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Stores Thrilled to Become FIRST Sponsors!

    In an exciting new partnership, Microsoft Stores across the country are teaming up with FIRST robotics teams to provide Kinect hardware and software development kits along with technical support. “It just seemed like a perfect fit,” explained Steph Ramsey, a Community Development Specialist at the Mission...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for FRC 2012

    Tomorrow is the official kickoff for the FIRST Robotics Competition . One of the things that means is that today is a day of workshops at FIRST Place in Manchester NH. I started my day here by presenting a 45 minute workshop on how the Kinect is used with FRC robots this year. There were some things...
  • Blog Post: Creating Engineers One Student At A Time

    Last weekend I visited the Maine State Championship for FIRST Lego League which is run by a group of volunteers in an organization called Maine Robotics . They had about 500 students (grades 3 to 8) who were part of 62 teams competing to win some interesting trophies. There was quite a lot of excitement...
  • Blog Post: Be The Robot

    One of the issues with computer science is that some people would rather move atoms than pixels. That is to say that virtual objects, even if they involve images on a screen, are less compelling to some than physical objects doing actual work in the real world. Robots have long been involved in the connection...
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