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What Engineering Students Should Know: The Big Picture

You know you want to be an engineer. You know you want to work in a Fortune 500 company, or maybe an adventurous startup. You know you want to help solve interesting problems and make a difference in people’s lives. What you might not know is how best to do that. Will your future boss […]

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Mars Wars Revisited

We are just getting started with this robot thing. We’ve been using automated assembly lines for years of course. But now we are moving well beyond just using machines to do our most repetitive tasks. Robot sea turtles will soon carry payloads through water. Autonomous machines are performing underground mining. Robot-assisted surgery is progressing quickly. […]

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azorobotics.com: Over 10,000 Students from Around the Globe Test Robotic Skills at 2013 FIRST Championship

This week, more than 10,000 students from around the globe travelled to St. Louis, Mo., to put their engineering skills to the test at the annual FIRST®(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome. The three-day event, April 24-27, came down to a heart-pounding conclusion Saturday night in […]

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Investors.com: Art, Design Educational Needs Pushing STEM To STEAM

Focusing on art and design is critical for businesses to innovate and gain a competitive advantage, says John Stuart, senior vice president for education at Boston-based software company PTC. PTC develops computer-assisted design software for product design. Clients include Microsoft (MSFT) and agricultural machinery maker Deere (DE). Europe — particularly the Netherlands — is ahead […]

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Product Design and Development: PTC Exclusive CAD and Collaboration Sponsor of FIRST

Product Design & Development reports that PTC has announced its continued support of FIRST and the FIRST Tech Challenge: Dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational opportunities, PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) has announced its continued support of FIRST  (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Building on […]

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Creo Customer: Bottom up Robot Design

Meet The Fish, a basketball playing robot that sports 95% “layup” accuracy and sinks 70% of its shots at the top of the key. The Fish is the final product of a high school robotics team named the Buchanan Bird Brains. They recently competed in the FIRST robotics high school competition, a competition designed to […]

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DesktopEngineering: FIRST Robotic Tales: Buchannan Bird Brains Raises a Fish

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Want to get a robot named after you? You may want to consider volunteering as a mentor to a FIRST robotic team. Eunice Kokor from FIRST Team 1671 explained the logic behind the name of the team’s fighting spirit, dubbed the Fish. “Each year, we decide to dedicate the robot to someone who has helped […]

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Best-in-Class STEM Education at Newton North High School

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I received a hot tip that I should interview English-teacher-turned-engineer Steve Chinosi at nearby Newton North High School.  Steve has started up some amazing engineering programs over at NNHS that are receiving national recognition. Being the friendly neighbor that we are, PTC contributes to these programs both monetarily and with free software like Creo.  I […]

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FIRST: PTC Invests in the Future of Engineering

Our flagship education program at PTC is FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology),  http://www.usfirst.org , a program used throughout the US and abroad to inspire kids to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Every year, more than 150,000 students, kindergarten to 12th grade, work in teams to participate in design […]

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Design Software for Tomorrow’s Engineers

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If you keep up with the business press, you know that many are predicting a broad disruption to manufacturing soon. Not a political disruption as world leaders seek to lure factories with incentives. But rather, a technological disruption, as ideas like affordable 3D printing and community manufacturing centers take hold. Everyone brings a different view […]

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