It looks like a starfish made of soft plastic. When air is blown into it through a thin tube it comes to life and the starfish closes like a hand. It does this so gently that it can grasp a raw egg without breaking it.
The Chrysler Foundation continues its long time commitment to furthering science, engineering and technology education as it announces recipients of 2011 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotic grants.
With the aim of equipping students with robotics skills that could build on the success of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander’s space expedition carried out in 2008, the iNexus Robot Competition was held recently. The final round culminated in Mumbai, India.
NASA is offering $20 million in support of the robotics non profit organisation ‘FIRST’ or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
As a part of its incentive for student participation in science, technology and mathematics with a focus on robotic technology, NASA is providing up to $20 million over the next five years to support a national program.
In the effort to enhance robot movements, scientists seem to have taken inspiration from a very unlikely yet common source. Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University Cleveland are studying the movement of cockroaches in an attempt to replicate the roaches’ excellent mobility in irregular ground terrain (through a reflex mechanism), in robots.
Groups of middle school students from Northwest Georgia competed in a FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament conducted Saturday at Darlington Middle School. The competition is part of FIRST, a not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.
The Alabama Robotics Technology Park will soon be open to the general public. Alabama Governor, Bob Riley will be attending the grand opening of the Phase I of the park on Wednesday November 10, 2010.