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 new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.