FIRST® Kicks Off World's Largest Celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Students
This week, more than 15,000 students from around the world traveled to Houston, putting their innovation skills to the test at the annual FIRST Championship Presented by Qualcomm Incorporated, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green.
International Robotics Contest Inspires and Challenges Students
Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara to Attend
Full Details of FIRST STRONGHOLD Game Unveiled to More than 75,000 High-School Students Worldwide at the 2016 FIRST® Robotics Competition Season Kickoff
Ross Miller for The Verge: Lego's entry-level robotics set is getting an overhaul. The brickmaker today is announcing WeDo 2.0 for elementary classrooms, which will both teach science-related concepts and, more importantly, let children build and program Lego robots. Designed to teach engineering and science, Lego Education's WeDo 2.0 kits contain about 280 Lego pieces, which also includes motion / tilt sensors and a motor. The new version eschews USB tethering for Bluetooth LE-powered "smarthub" brick that connects the sensors to a tablet or PC / Mac app. (The new version also has a more cohesive, more appealing color palette for all the bricks.) Each app includes a set of lessons, which tie in science concepts with a classic Lego construction manual. WeDo has a very simple drag-and-drop coding interface that lets students (or, to be honest, very enthusiastic adults) program basic functions. You can also, of course, just ignore the instructions entirely and build / program your own pastel robot. Cont'd...
FIRST LEGO League and Junior FIRST LEGO League Task 267,500 Children Worldwide to Learn About How Trash Affects Our World
Girls on Fire, the Triad's first all-girl robotics team is recruiting new members to join this talented, spirited and driven group of young women.
ISA and Automation Federation take part in annual FIRST Championship, an international celebration of young people's interest in science and technology
This year's championship event drew more than 900 student teams from 40 countries around the world.
Inventor Dean Kamen, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, and Distinguished Guests Recognize Student Leaders at FIRST Dean's List Award Ceremony
Winners from California; Florida; Iowa; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; New York; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Texas; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2015 FIRST Championship, set for this week April 22-25 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Students From China, New Zealand, Singapore, And The United States Crowned Champions Of VEX Worlds 2015 - The Largest Educational Robotics Competition In The World
Over 15,000 Students From Around the World Gathered in Louisville, Kentucky!
Consumers Energy Launches Generation Genius Project to Inspire Students to Explore Robotics, Science Fields
Students from Michigan Heading to St. Louis for World Competition
FIRST Announces Return of Qualcomm as Presenting Championship Sponsor along with Robust List of Sponsors for 2015 FIRST Championship Event
UL Celebrates Five Years as official FIRST Safety Alliance Partner
Upcoming FIRST Championship an opportunity for STEM-gifted young people to showcase their inventiveness, learn about potential career paths in automation
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, 22-25 April 2015
FIRST® Enables More Students to Participate in Life-Changing Robotics Event with Expansion of Annual Championship
FIRST to Host Two Championship Events --- 2017: St. Louis, MO and Houston, TX --- 2018-2020: Detroit, MI and Houston, TX
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Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.