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Hardware Hooligans: Getting Robots Ready Faster with PTC Creo and PTC Windchill

If you’re a regular visitor to the PTC User Community, you might already know Trevor of the Hard-Hitting Hardware Hooligans. A high school student from Maryland, Trevor has been using PTC products, including PTC Creo, to design and build robots for FIRST competitions since 2012. As he works with the design software, he visits the forum, […]

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Self-Taught CAD Student Brings PTC Grants and Prizes to Robotics Team

When Toren Arginteanu joined his high school FIRST robotics team in 2011, it was clear that he wanted to try 3D modeling. What nobody guessed back then was that, within four years, he would help build an award-winning design team, bring in grants and awards, and prepare his classmates for technologies that barely existed at […]

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When Robots Fail: A Minnesota School Learns Engineering’s Most Important Lesson

Early last year, a group of high school students wheeled a robot into a packed arena in Duluth, Minnesota. They were bringing to competition a device they had spent months designing and engineering. What they didn’t know yet was that by the end of the first round, their machine would be in pieces all over […]

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Robo Mustangs Speak the Universal Language of Robotics

Each FIRST robotics team has a great story, and the Mustangs are no different. Armed with absolutely no robotics experience, and in some cases, a language barrier, the team’s first year underwent a granite-faced learning curve. Omar (2011-2013 Team Captain) and his friend, Ebubekir, are the founding students of the robotics team at Putnam Science […]

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FIRST Competition: Green Girls – Jumping the Gender Gap

For years we’ve been reading about the yawning gender gap in STEM fields. According to government reports, women represent just 24% of the STEM workforce (pdf), and hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees (pdf), particularly in engineering. Now, a group of Minnesota students have arrived to skew that data—in a good way. […]

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FIRST Team Profile: The Power Hawks from Edgewater, Maryland

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization is all about helping students get involved with science and technology. And at PTC, we’re a big fan of that mission. Through robotics completion like the FIRST Tech Challenge and the FIRST Robotics completion bright teams of young people from all over the world […]

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Parent Coaches Speak Out for FIRST

After reading the many stories we’ve posted about FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) programs on this blog, you might get the impression things like the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and other FIRST robotics competitions are just for K-12 kids with a love of science. But a little further investigation reveals that […]

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Tools and Resources for FIRST Student Engineers

It takes more than a few seats of free software to engage students in science and technology. So, as supporters of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), PTC has been developing webinars and workshops that students can stream, attend, or download to make sure they’re successful in their earliest ventures into engineering. […]

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FIRST Newsletter: Sean Fitzpatrick Says FIRST has Something for Everyone

“Not many students can add the title of CEO to their resume before they graduate from high school, but Sean Fitzpatrick, a member of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 2877, the “Ligerbots,” will be doing just that.  As a senior this fall at Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, Fitzpatrick will take on the […]

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Team Motorbolts Celebrates Three Years of Robot Design and Action

Most 13-year-olds play online games in which they create avatars, gather resources, collaborate with others, develop their agility, and fight for survival. But in the town of Edina, Minnesota, middle school kids are drawing on those same instincts to wage real-life robot wars. Team Motorbolts designs, constructs, and battles their own machines in FIRST robotics […]

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