The 18th annual BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Competition kicks off this month at BEST hub locations nationwide. This year’s competition marks the sixth consecutive year for igus® Inc. as a nationwide product sponsor for the event. This year’s game, dubbed “Total Recall,” was unveiled a few months ago as a teaser for more than 900 competing teams.
BEST Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization, aims to inspire middle and high school students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in science- and engineering-based robotics competitions. igus aspires to achieve a similar goal through its Y.E.S. (Young Engineers Support) Program by donating products to engineering curriculums and competitions such as BEST Robotics.
In the 2010 competition, BEST teams will have the opportunity to use igus’ Energy Chain® cable carriers, DryLin® linear slides, igubal® spherical bearings and aluminum shafting. The students have six weeks to design and build their robots and will then compete with their finished products at local events across the U.S.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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