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Mars Rover ‘Curiosity’ Grows Up, Rolls for the First Time (Discovery News)

Monday, July 26, 2010

“Construction of the rover has advanced very quickly over the last few days, and on July 23 engineers commanded Curiosity to take its first, slow steps. Housed inside a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif….”

July 26th, 2010
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Pooping Robot Needs More Fiber (Discovery News)

Analysis by David Teeghman Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:08 AM ET Original Story Self-sustaining robots can do just about anything on their own for days at a time. They can even ingest biomass for energy. The problem is that until now, they couldn’t do anything with the waste from that energy. That’s why researchers at […]

July 21st, 2010
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Four-rotor helicopter flies like its the future (Discovery News)

Friday May 28, 2010

“the thing moves with the speed and grace of an angry bee, while accompanied by the perfectly menacing whine of its little engine. See this work of scientific art in motion…” (GRASP, 2010)

June 3rd, 2010
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Megahurts look for schools to start FIRST Lego League Teams


Starting this month the Megahurts: Team #2219 from Carbondale, IL will be recruiting teams into the ranks of FIRST. The work began late in 2009 when the team hosted their first robotics workshop in the history of Brehm. Students from St. Mary’s, in Mt. Vernon, IL came to Brehm for an afternoon of robotics, featuring Vex and Lego projects. The afternoon was a success and we are currently working with students, teachers and administrators from St. Mary’s to start a FIRST Lego League (FLL) Team at the school.

Read this post to learn more about how the Megahurts can help your school start too.

April 28th, 2010
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Advanced Robotics from Boston Dynamics

Provided by: Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics builds advanced robots with remarkable behavior: mobility, agility, dexterity and speed. We use sensor-based controls and computation to unlock the capabilities of complex mechanisms. Our world-class development teams take projects from initial concept to proof-of-principle prototyping to build-test-build engineering, to field testing and low-rate production.
Organizations worldwide, from DARPA, the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps to Sony Corporation turn to Boston Dynamics for advice and for help creating the most advanced robots on Earth.

April 23rd, 2010
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Advancing STEM Curriculum at Brehm Preparatory School

FIRST Robotics (FRC) is revolutionizing STEM education for students with learning disabilities at Brehm Preparatory School. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is “the varsity sport for the mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get.

April 20th, 2010
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St. Louis to host FIRST Robotics Competition (St. Louis Business Journal: October 7, 2009)


The FIRST Robotics Competition has been held in Atlanta the past six years, but after the contract expires next year, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis will be the new location in 2011, 2012 and 2013, said Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC). Kamen and the CVC plan to announce the news Wednesday night at the kick-off of SciFest, an international science festival at the St. Louis Science Center.

April 19th, 2010
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Brehm helps St. Mary’s set up robotics program (The Southern, Dec. 18, 2009)

Students from Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale work with students from St. Mary’s Parochial School in Mount Vernon earlier this week during a robotics workshop.

December 18th, 2009
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White House Announces New Math and Science Achievement Campaign (November 23, 2009)

President Obama just announced the White House’s new program, ‘Educate to Innovate: A National Campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM).’ The program is part of his administration’s efforts to bring America back to the forefront of international achievement in science and technology. Partnering with a wide variety of groups, from Sesame Street to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Educate to Innovate offers creative ‘outside the classroom’ solutions to the challenge of improving math and science education for our nation’s youth.

November 23rd, 2009
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