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Friday Focus: Connecting Robots to Real-Life Education

Apr 26, 2013

In April, students across the country took part in events and competitions to help foster interest in robotics. Here is a closer look at several events that help tie technology to education.

Philadelphia Robotics Expo

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At this second annual event, sponsored by Drexel University and organized by Central High School's Robolancers club, a range of students from elementary schools to doctoral programs convened to see the latest robotic capabilities. Among the students who saw Lego TETRIX and Drexel's humanoid robots on display were members of the Society of Women Engineers, according to the university's news site The Triangle.

UC Berkeley Group Wins Award for Hosting Robotics Competition

An engineering student group called Pioneers in Engineering (PIE) at UC Berkeley won $25,000 for holding an annual competition for local underprivileged high schools. More than 200 high school students paired with UC Berkeley students for a series of competitions, which promoted STEM. The award is part of a grant program by Zipcar, Inc. and Ford Motor Company called Zipcar Students with Drive, which awards $300,000 to student organizations who demonstrate achievements in academics, arts, athletics, student life, and community service.

"My hopes are that this catches on, on other campuses,that other universities will follow in terms of having this as a sample," George Anwar, a lecturer at the College of Engineering, told The Daily Californian.

Baltimore's Regional Robotics Competition

High school teams from around the country took part in Baltimore's first regional robotics competition. According to, more than 60 school teams from the east coast took part in the competition at Baltimore's Convention Center, where students demonstrated their robot's skills in a Frisbee contest. Students had six weeks to build their robots. See more on their creations in this video.

Ithaca Students to Compete in World Robotics Competition

Students at Ithaca High school  will take their 120-pound robot, named "Red Raptor," to an international championship this month after they won the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Cleveland. See how the Code Red Team is preparing for their challenge here.


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