Whitehaven Elementary Heads to Vex World Championships

April 20th, 2016 No comments

From: WREG

WHITEHAVEN, Tenn. — They are not even old enough to drive cars yet, but these Whitehaven kids are driving robots all the way to an international competition.

Whitehaven Elementary students are leaving to compete in the world robotics championship Wednesday.

WREG’s Katie Rufener caught up with the kids to see how they are preparing and what they have planned for their futures.

“You can like, do anything you want, like make any type of robot,” 9-year-old Aarilyn Yacorps said of why she loves her robotics team.

With a little teamwork and a lot of hard work, these kids from Whitehaven Elementary’s STEM Academy built robots and beat out teams from all across the state to qualify for the world championship.

They are one of three schools from Tennessee competing.

The Whitehaven Elementary School kids spent about two months working on their robotics.

The robots drop orange balls into a bin to earn points in the competition.

This is only the second year they have competed in the VEX competition, and both times they have qualified.

In a neighborhood that deals with a lot of crime, these kids are rising above.

STEM teacher Meagan Michael explained, “We’re an optional school. So these kids test into our school. They have to maintain certain grades.”

They have gotten a lot of community support, and the kids just got a $20,000 grant from Verizon for their program.

And even at such a young age, they are ready to change the world.

“I want to be a biomedical engineer, because that works with medical and engineering, like prosthetics,” Yacorps said.

“You need to find your passion, and don’t let anybody else stop you from having your passion!” 8-year-old Pasley Thompson said.

The kids will leave for the competition in Louisville at 7 a.m. Wednesday and return Sunday.

Doing well in the championship can lead to scholarship opportunities down the road.

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Collierville Robotics @ TSA Conference

April 19th, 2016 No comments

On Apr 6-9 Collierville HS participated at the TN State TSA conference Vex Robotics Competition and were Tournament Semifinalists (VRC/VEXU).

Congratulations Collierville!!!

See VEX Website

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Watch ARTI3 Ground Robot Conquer Stairs

March 22nd, 2016 No comments

From: Google Robotic Trends
By RT Staff March 22, 2016

Robots and stairs have never been friends. Maybe now they’ll start talking more. The folks at Transcend Robotics have released its ARTI3 Mobility Platform that enables mobile ground robots to ascend 3 steps in less than 8 seconds.

The company says it Articulated Traction Control (ARTI) technology enables the quick climbing without the need for complex software and controls. Using its custom treads, an ARTI robot simply needs to move forward to climb up and down steps and navigate other obstacles that have previously limited robotics capabilities.

The key is ARTI3’s “upwards and downwards articulating joint between two or more motorized sections,” according to the company. This passive joint allows the ARTI platform to overcome obstacles without flipping over, skilled human prepositioning or additional traversal software and electronics.

The top speed is 2.8 MPH, payload is between 25-50lb, and the max angle for ascending is 89° and the max angle for descending is 30°. Transcend currently distributes the platform to a variety of industries, including telepresence, defense/security, 3D scanning, manufacturing, hospitality, mining, education, and research.

The ARTI3 product line has two offerings:

ARTI3 Mobility Platform enables integrators and developers to mobilize a broad range of applications in the real world. Use cases and industries include 3D mapping, telepresence, construction management, mining, and manufacturing. This versatile platform enables integrators to quickly mobilize sensors, electronics, and software, in as little as 90 days.

ARTI3 Vantage is an out-of-the-box solution for anyone to bring mobile robots into the environment they work. It comes equipped with pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, 30-lb payload capacity, IP-54 for wet environments, zero-degree turn radius, and color LCD remote control. ARTI3 Vantage is ideal for human and dangerous environments, such as tactical operations and hazardous inspection.

Depending on ARTI3’s use and environment, the technology can be scaled larger or smaller to satisfy a slew of applications.

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Google Is Poised to Slow Its Robot Revolution

March 18th, 2016 No comments

From: US News and World Report
Date: March 17, 2016

Google Is Poised to Slow Its Robot Revolution
The robot uprising may be postponed if Google sells Boston Dynamics.

Humanoid robots designed by Boston Dynamics were an internet sensation after people witnessed them walking around rough terrain or getting up after being knocked down with a hockey stick. But the engineering firm’s parent company, Alphabet, is reportedly trying to sell it because they think its machines are unprofitable – and maybe a little scary.

The tech giant, which also owns Google, bet big on the future of robots in 2013 when it purchased startups including Boston Dynamics, but now fears that a marketable version won’t be produced soon enough.

Tension between Boston Dynamics and Google staff also pressured the sale, according to notes from a meeting that were posted on a company wide forum and later obtained by Bloomberg. The staff reportedly had difficulty working together and executives were impatient about how soon the firm would create an affordable robot for consumers. The internal messages also show Alphabet executives are concerned by the negative press and media questions about the four-legged and humanoid robots that Boston Dynamics displayed in a video last month.

Google Communications Director Courtney Hohne stated in one of the internal messages obtained by Bloomberg that the company “would not comment on the video” because of the disturbing questions it generated about robots that can walk autonomously through snowy forests or withstand being hit by human engineers.

“There’s excitement from the tech press, but we’re also starting to see some negative threads about it being terrifying, ready to take humans’ jobs,” Hohne reportedly stated.

Existing computer technology is capable of replacing up to 45 percent of activities individuals are paid to do, according to a recent report by consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Google’s separate investments also including research into artificial intelligence – a field of science that tech leaders including Elon Musk and pioneering physics professor Stephen Hawking have warned could be dangerous to the future of humanity. A Google engineer told U.S. News in a previous interview that it take many years to create machines that are smart enough to out think humans.

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America’s High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries’ High School Dropouts

March 17th, 2016 No comments

Ed Note: I felt I had to post this as an educator……

From: nprED
Date: March 14, 2016

A new study confirms what many Americans already knew deep in their hearts: We’re not good at math.

Not only that, but when it comes to technology skills, we’re dead last compared with other developed countries.

The PIAAC study — the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies — looks at the skills adults need to do everyday tasks, whether it’s at work or in their social lives.

“Clearly, we have some work to do in this country,” says Peggy Carr, the acting commissioner of the government’s National Center for Education Statistics. The study compared countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Read more…

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Video Shows Aftermath of Google’s Self-Driving Car Accident

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Kids Love MIT’s Latest Squishable Social Robot

March 17th, 2016 No comments

From: IEEE Spectrum

Click HERE for full story.

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Collierville HS Wins VEX State Championship

March 11th, 2016 No comments

Congratulations to the Collierville VEX Robotics Team who won the TN State Championship on Saturday in Nashville. The robot named “The Illuminati” was crowned Tournament Champion and will advance to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY April 20-23. The Illuminati team also received the Sportsmanship award, voted on by the other tournament teams and Shelli Brasher (their coach) received the award for TN VEX Partner of the Year for establishing VEX robotics in West TN.

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The Collierville team is looking for sponsors to help offset transportation, hotel and meals costs. Contact Shelli Brasher at (sbrasher@colliervilleschools.org) if you are interested in helping sponsor the team at the world competition.

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