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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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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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De Anza College: PTC Creo Delivers a Clear Academic Advantage

Stationed in the heart of Silicon Valley, the CAD program at De Anza College makes sure the local needs for engineering skills are met. With over 10,000 students and professionals under the De Anza CAD course belt, De Anza College stays competitive by creating courses around what the industry is using. That’s why they teach […]

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The Daily: CWRU, NASA and PTC put students to work on aerospace, manufacturing projects

Case Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn Research Center and software-maker PTC are teaming up to put students to work on real aerospace projects, manufacturing problems and more, with tools used in the industry. Case Western Reserve is the second university nationwide to become a host of NASA’s Strategic Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering […]

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Say You’re a College Student …

Say you’re a college student, just starting out. You get involved in an extracurricular engineering competition to build a Formula-like racecar. The idea is that, hypothetically, you’re building something for the weekend autocross amateur. It needs to be manufacturable, safe, fuel efficient, and durable. It’s an intriguing challenge, with lots of opportunities for problem solving […]

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PTC Sponsors 2013 Real World Design Challenge

High School Students to Design Unmanned Aircraft System to Locate Lost Children and an Ultra Fuel-Efficient Commercial Truck to Protect Fuel and Energy Reserves The Real World Design Challenge is a national design competition with more than 7,800 high school students run by a public-private partnership with the goal of inspiring interest in science, technology, […]

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