In its annual competition, the First LEGO League (FLL) is asking participants to design, build, and program a robot that addresses the needs of physically disabled people. The competition, open to kids ages 9-14, lets competitors use LEGO bricks and other parts such as sensors, motors, and gears to build a structure that conforms to the theme of the year. Opportunities are available to organize or coach a team. Registration ends in September. To learn more go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3853-523.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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