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Johnson, Richard T.; Londt, Susan E. – Tech Directions, 2010
Competitive robotics as an interactive experience can increase the level of student participation in technology education, inspire students to consider careers in technical fields, and enhance the visibility of technology education programs. Implemented correctly, a competitive robotics program can provide a stimulating learning environment for…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Robotics, Technology Education, Program Implementation
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Jackson, Jim – Tech Directions, 2013
In this article, the author describes a program that he says has "made being smart cool." "FIRST" (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics has made a significant contribution toward progress in advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses and STEM careers with young people. "FIRST" Robotics…
Descriptors: Robotics, STEM Education, After School Programs, Secondary School Students
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Caron, Darrell – Tech Directions, 2010
This article features Advanced Competitive Science (ACS), a two-year course introduced by a science teacher, Joe Pouliot, in 2004 at Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire. More than a traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) course, ACS harnesses the excitement of robotics competitions to promote student…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Projects, Physics, Active Learning
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Liu, Allison; Newsom, Jeff; Schunn, Chris; Shoop, Robin – Tech Directions, 2013
Schools everywhere are using robotics education to engage kids in applied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities, but teaching programming can be challenging due to lack of resources. This article reports on using Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW) and curriculum available on the Internet to teach robot programming. It also…
Descriptors: Robotics, Programming, Computer Simulation, STEM Education
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Ibrahim, Najwa; Trabucco, Kelsey – Tech Directions, 2012
The mysteries of the deep aren't always unsolvable. The students of Natick (Massachusetts) High School's robotics club and robotics courses took on a project that resulted in their locating and remotely exploring a barge that sank in Newfound Lake in New Hampshire, likely in the early 1900s. They did it by designing, building, and operating three…
Descriptors: Robotics, Local History, Historians, Technology Education
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LeBlanc, Cheryl – Tech Directions, 2011
A robotics team from Muncie, Indiana--the PhyXTGears--is made up of high school students from throughout Delaware County. The group formed as part of the FIRST Robotics program (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international program founded by inventor Dean Kamen in which students work with professional engineers and…
Descriptors: Mentors, Robotics, High School Students, Science Activities
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Moore, Pam – Tech Directions, 2012
Many of the advances in telecommunications and medicine are due to laser and fiber-optic technology. This technology has led to devices that provide faster and richer communication, advanced surgeries, and faster healing times, as well as amazing robotics for manufacturing. But, as with all equipment, someone has to install and maintain it. That…
Descriptors: Optics, Lasers, Career Guidance, Occupational Information
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Hance, Dennis – Tech Directions, 2012
During the fall semester of 2010, mechanical engineering students from Edison State Community College and Wright State University shared their skills and knowledge with students from the Upper Valley JVS (UVJVS) pre-engineering technology program in a highly motivating robotics activity. The activity culminated in 47 teams from regional high…
Descriptors: Competition, Engineering Technology, Robotics, College School Cooperation
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Van Name, Barry – Tech Directions, 2012
There is a battlefield where no quarter is given, no mercy shown, but not a single drop of blood is spilled. It is an arena that witnesses the bringing together of high-tech design and manufacture with the outpouring of brute force, under the remotely accessed command of some of today's brightest students. This is the world of battling robots, or…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering, Computer Assisted Design, High School Students
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Morrison, Amanda – Tech Directions, 2006
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a multinational, not-for-profit organization that aspires to transform culture-making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. FIRST has an exciting new program in the works--the VEX Challenge, which the author describes in this article.…
Descriptors: Competition, Robotics, High School Students, High Schools
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Gorman, Lynn – Tech Directions, 2007
In this article, the author describes how students in Kirk Marshall's industrial technology class at Bloomsburg Area High School, Pennsylvania, designed and manufactured battling robots (BattleBots) and their participation in an annual national robotics competition. According to Marshall, designing and building a complex robot would be virtually…
Descriptors: Competition, Robotics, Computer Assisted Design, Computers
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Roman, Harry T. – Tech Directions, 2006
Robots are simply computers that can interact with their environment. Some are fixed in place in industrial assembly plants for cars, appliances, micro electronic circuitry, and pharmaceuticals. Another important category of robots is the mobiles, machines that can be driven to the workplace, often designed for hazardous duty operation or…
Descriptors: Robotics, Technology Education, Class Activities
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Ivey, Debra; Quam, Greg – Tech Directions, 2009
This article discusses the 4-H Gateway Academies specifically designed to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills and knowledge in middle school youth. The innovative summer day camps partnered Project Lead the Way--trained teachers with county 4-H staff from University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Extension) Cooperative…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Team Training, Partnerships in Education, Leadership
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Grambo, Alan A. – Tech Directions, 2007
In this article, the author describes how electronics students at Central Nine Career Center designed a kill switch circuit to stop a runaway lawnmower. This project is ideal for a career center since the electronics/robotics, small engines and horticulture classes can all work together on their respective parts of the modification, installation…
Descriptors: Engines, Electronics, Career Centers, Robotics
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Kahler, Jim; Valentine, Nancy – Tech Directions, 2011
In years past, strong analytical, creative, and communication skills were enough to prepare students for successful careers, but as technological change accelerates, so must innovation in science education. Unfortunately, American students today are lacking exposure to the programs and curriculum that teach these technical skills. Only 32.4% of…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Youth Programs, Enrichment Activities, Science Education
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