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Innovation boot camp empowers Marines

March 19th, 2019 No comments
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Showbotics

March 2nd, 2019 No comments

Mini Flyers, Jumpen the Skipping Penguin Robot and FedEx SameDay Bot

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Elektro the Moto-Man Had the Biggest Brain at the 1939 World’s Fair

December 21st, 2018 No comments

From IEEE Spectrum
By Allison Marsh
28 Sep 2018 | 19:00 GMT

This voice-controlled robot could walk, talk, and smoke, and it captivated crowds

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be very glad to tell my story. I am a smart fellow as I have a very fine brain of 48 electrical relays.” This is how Elektro the robot introduced itself to crowds at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Standing 2.1 meters tall and weighing 118 kilograms, Elektro performed 26 different tricks, including walking, talking, counting, and singing. It had a vocabulary of approximately 700 words, although its responses were all prerecorded and played back from 33⅓-rpm records. One of Elektro’s pet lines was, “My brain is bigger than yours.” At 25 kg, it certainly was.

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Robotics, the sport of STEM education

December 20th, 2018 No comments

From: The Daily Memphian
By Michelle Corbet
Updated: December 19, 2018 4:00 AM CT

A new sport is emerging in local middle schools — robot battles.

St. Mary’s Episcopal School, a private all-girls pre-K through high school, held its first VEX IQ Challenge Tournament at its East Memphis campus last weekend.

The event sold out within 30 minutes.

If an indication is needed to show how popular robotics competitions have become among kids, that’s it.

“I told the girls that robotics is a new sport,” said Meagan Michael, a lower school science teacher at St. Mary’s.

Participants came from Piperton, Medina, Collierville and Memphis. The 32 competing teams were made up of co-ed elementary and middle school students ranging from 3rd to 8th grade.

“It’s this generation of students,” Michael said. “They are interested in STEM and robotics.”

A lot of schools, including St. Mary’s, also are pushing robotics because it involves problem solving.

“When building robots, it requires a lot of skills students might not learn in the classroom,” Michael said.

Parents are recognizing the benefit of robotics competitions as a way to prepare their child for jobs of the future.

“Parents realize their girls are learning how to think,” said Hilary Robinson, head of St. Mary’s Lower School. “We say this a lot around here; we’re preparing these girls for jobs that don’t even exist yet. If they can learn to problem solve and think, then they can ultimately do anything.”

Competitions are not solely about building robots, they also involve design, writing and public speaking.

St. Mary’s has been working to host a VEX Robotics competition since Michael joined the school as a new teacher last year.

“She was already involved with the VEX program and brought that to St. Mary’s,” said Laura Leathers, St. Mary’s assistant head of school. “We’ve been in conversation about growing the program and hosting a competition here.”

St. Mary’s is part of Girl Powered, Redefining the Face of STEM, a global initiative to increase girls’ access to and confidence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

Launched in 2016 by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and VEX Robotics, Girl Powered is striving for 50 percent of robotics competitors to be girls.

The ultimate goal is shattering the status quo.

Currently, girls make up about 23 percent of VEX Robotics participants and women represent 24 percent of the STEM workforce, according to Girl Powered.

“Our main goal is to open (robotics) up to the greater Memphis area,” Leathers said. “All these different VEX teams can come together, learn, compete and meet each other in this common space.”

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Boston Dynamics can now moonwalk to ‘Uptown Funk’

October 18th, 2018 No comments

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ROBOTS: Your Guide to the World of Robotics

September 3rd, 2018 No comments
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DARPA Wants Your Insect-Scale Robots for a Micro-Olympics – IEEE Spectrum

July 18th, 2018 No comments
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Barbie’s latest career path is robotics engineering

June 26th, 2018 No comments

From: https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/26/mattel-barbie-robotics-engineer/

Earlier this year, Mattel announced that it was partnering with Tynker to bring Barbie-themed coding lessons to young kids. As of today, six free coding experiences are now available as is a new STEM-themed doll — Robotics Engineer Barbie. The lessons are geared towards beginners, kindergarten-aged and older, and aim to teach logic, problem-solving and the basics of coding. While they learn, kids can also take on different career roles alongside Barbie, including musician, astronaut, pastry chef, robotics engineer, farmer and beekeeper.

“Our mission is to empower youth to become the makers of tomorrow through coding, and the Barbie brand is an ideal partner to help us introduce programming to a large number of kids in a fun, engaging way,” Tynker CEO Krishna Vedati said in a statement. “It’s critical that all young learners have an opportunity to explore the possibilities available in STEM fields, and Tynker’s Barbie programming experience is a valuable tool to introduce kids of all ages to these concepts while building their coding skills.”

Throughout the year, Mattel will also support the robotic workshops put on by Black Girls Code, debut more Tynker coding lessons and publish a coding e-book for kids.

Robotics Engineer Barbie is available today in four skin tones. You can learn more about Mattel’s coding partnership with Tynker here.

Article: A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food

June 22nd, 2018 No comments

A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food

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Article: A Security Robot Found Beaten Up and Covered in BBQ Sauce Had it Coming

May 5th, 2018 No comments

From: Nerdist

Under normal circumstances we would never encourage or endorse slathering someone in BBQ sauce, beating them up, and leaving them lying on the side of the road, and that goes for both humans and robots. But we’re not exactly short-circuiting with anger over this one mechanical security guard who had that exact thing happen to it, because it’s tasked with harassing homeless people.

In a story we first came across at New York Magazine, a Knightscope security bot used by a non-profit organization in San Francisco in part to discourage homeless people from congregating, was found lying on its side wrapped up in a tarp and marinating in some barbecue sauce. (No word on what flavor or brand.) The five-foot tall, 300-pound machine that fittingly looks like it was inspired by Doctor Who‘s Daleks, is designed to alert the local authorities of any untoward behavior, but apparently it wasn’t able to get help for itself in time.

We doubt there will be any great outcry or anguish for this bullied Knightscope from the community, though, because while these robots have been used for other, less upsetting reasons, they haven’t been very popular with residents or the local government.

If you were looking for a great backstory for your dystopian novel, robot security guards that scare your dog and harass the homeless while roaming one of the richest cities in the world is a pretty fantastic foundation. Whether you keep the BBQ sauce or go with another condiment is up to you.

Would you be bothered by one of these roaming your neighborhood? Tell us why in the comments below.

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