It's time once again for students and their mentors to register for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The kickoff event will take place January 8, 2005, in Manchester, NH, followed by regional events and the final championship FIRST event in April in Atlanta, GA. The competition features teams of students and mentors building robots from a standard kit of parts within a timeframe of six weeks. Registration for events closes on December 3, 2004. For more info or to register, go to www.usfirst.org.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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.