2015 Jr.FLL EXPO! (Come and watch!)
Date: May 28, 2015
Location: UMFK, Fort Kent, MaineNadeau Hall Conference Room
Event Time: 9:00-2:00
Contact: Jamie Desjardins Pelletier 207-834-5540 email@example.com
Join SAD 27 on May 28th for Maine's first Jr.FLL EXPO. The Jr.FLL is for 6-10year olds and is the "junior" program to the FIRST LEGO League (FLL). We look forward to teams presenting their awesome Think Tank models and posters and exploring the work of others. This EXPO is open to the public and free to watch. For more information about the event contact Jamie Pelletier (firstname.lastname@example.org) For more general information about the Jr.FLL visit http://www3.usfirst.org/ and click on the Jr.FLL link at the top of the page.
Maine Robotics Teacher Workshop (Sign up!)
Date: May 29, 2015
Location: UMFK, Fort Kent, Maine/ Nadeau Hall Conference Room
Registration contact: Jamie Desjardins Pelletier
Maine Robotics will be holding an all day workshop on basic robotics principles. We will be using the LEGO MIndStorms Kit and learning terminology, building practices, and programming skills for your basic level. Adults who have already mastered some of the basics will still have the opportunity to move ahead with more advanced programming topics as time allows. No previous skill with robotics is needed. For more information about the program content, contact Tom Bickford at 866-4340 email@example.com. To register for the program, contact Jamie Desjardins Pelletier at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a child, our family would watch the original Star Trek show. I was only a little kid, but science was already a favorite show. We would catch the Mutual of Omaha series; any Jacques Cousteau specials; National Geographic specials... and the Star Trek show.
And there was good old Leonard Nimoy playing Spock (left in picture). Analytic, scientific, smart, and of invaluable assistance in getting the Enterprise and its crew out of whatever dilemma it had gotten itself into (I think that was Captain Kirk's job description).
Thank you Spock for making science cool. You will be missed. Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83.
As robotics continues to develop and impact our lives more and more, DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has put out the challenge for high school students to submit 2-3 minute videos of what they would like to see our future with robotics look like. The contest is called Robots4Us and teams can be 1-3 students. Five teams from the country will be selected to attend the DARPA Robotics Challenge finals in June. Deadline for submission is April 1st, so start thinking now!
Thanks to Bill Lovell from c-Link Systems for letting us know about this great opportunity.
Did you know that you can apply for a Young Mind Award? These awards include levels for middle school and high school students and can be as high as $5,000! Do you have an idea? You'll have to make a 3 minute video and write up a project report, but I know there are a lot of youth in Maine who would love to take this on.
Check out their website for more information and start planning your next success!
Note: Maine Robotics is not affiliated in any way with the Young Mind Awards, so check out their website.