Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FIRST & President Obama's Educate to Innovate...


Reee-Bot the Roving Robot Reporter here with exciting news…

On November 23, 2009, President Obama announced the “Educate to Innovate” initiative, a campaign to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There at the announcement was Dean Kamen of FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) along with the FRC team from Oakton HS from Vienna, Virginia; who gave a demonstration of their robot (seen towards the end of the video).

See the video @ http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/president-obama-kicks-educate-innovate

"As president, I believe that robotics can imspire young people to pursue science and engineering."

Thank you Mr. President Obama for supporting FIRST...







Different NXT kits - What's in the boxes...

If anyone is looking for a comparison of elements in the various NXT kit versions (Educational, Consumer 1.0, & Consumer 2.0,) check out the following website, it has a comparison of elements & their numbers:

http://static.robotclub.ab.ca/pages/nxt/InventoryComparison/nxt_1_vs_2_vs_edu.html

Also, keep in mind that there is a difference in the software in each kit version, but all files will work with each software, provided they are using the same programming blocks (you can download sensor blocks to be imported to any version of the NXT from HiTechnic). However, downloading the file to the NXT may ask to download that particular firmware, if it is different on the NXT you are downloading to.