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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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Desktop Engineering: Students Take Flight with Drone Design at ASME Competition

“From unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) carrying out defense missions to new consumer models being tapped for aerial photography, drones are drawing interest across the board. The fascination with this “hot” technology isn’t lost on the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s (ASME), which gave drones the starring role in its latest student competition. The 2014 student […]

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Wicked Local Mashpee: Mashpee High School is talkin’ tech

“Some in Washington might fret about America losing ground in the global economy due to flagging student interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (disciplines collectively called STEM), but Obama, Boehner and others can rest easy when it comes to Mashpee High School’s Technology Center of Excellence (TCE). In November, the TCE […]

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CNBC: Winning Team Designs Unmanned System for Improved Crop Yields and Infestation Detection

“PTC, a Founding Member of the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) competition, today announced that team Next Level from South Burlington, Vermont has won the 2013-2014 National Finals Competition. The RWDC is a national design competition for high school students run by a public-private partnership with the goal of increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering and […]

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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 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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Desktop Engineering: 13-Year-Old FRC CADder Luke Dreams of a Personal Robotic Butler

Luke Orzechowski (age 13) wants a robotic butler, a personal servant powered by electromechanical principles. “It would have shelves for snacks and drinks,” he envisioned. Luke’s robotic butler is still in a very early stage of development, merely a sketch in 3D at this point. But his other robot — the one he helped design […]

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FIRST Robotics Challenge: Six Weeks from Spec to Test

Imagine you get the specifications for a brand new product, and you have to deliver it six weeks later – tough right? Now imagine you’re a student whose day is filled with classes. That’s the challenge the team from Metamora Township High School in Illinois faced when they signed on to the FIRST Robotics Competition. […]

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The Daily Free News: PTC gives $18.8 mil in-kind donation to BU Engineering Center

Technology company PTC pledged a record-setting in-kind donation of $18.8 million Friday to help Boston University officials develop BU’s new Engineering Product Innovation Center, officials said. The center, which will open in the fall 2013 semester as part of the College of Engineering, will serve as an educational tool related to engineering and manufacturing, said […]

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Real High School Students, Real Design Problems

The world needs design more than ever. In part, because we face new problems, like limited resources in a world where demand just keeps growing. And in part because technology is now opening doors we hadn’t even considered before. Luckily, some rather brilliant young minds are already addressing these challenges. One shining example is the […]

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