The AEM says the challenge helps recruit construction’s future workforce to address an impending shortage of future skilled workers needed to fill over 1 million new jobs in construction by 2012. This is in line with an obvious major goal of most engineering competitions - to start cultivating young engineers. The International Construction Challenge brings together high school teams from across the United States and Canada to learn more about construction careers, infrastructure, construction equipment and how to work as part of a team.
The competition’s three challenges were Infrastructure Dialogue, where teams researched issues including drinking water systems, road and highway systems and bridges; equipment and careers, where teams developed an interactive educational tool to teach about construction careers and equipment, and Road Warrior, where teams build equipment devices and then compete to move the most gravel using the equipment. The first-place team from Perry Public Schools, Perry, OK, impressed the judges during the Road Warrior challenge. Each team member won a $2,000 scholarship and a computer.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.