Schools get Lego robot funding

| Print |  Email
Articles - June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
0610_ATS03
PHOTO COURTESY OF LEGO SYSTEMS

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE Kids are geeking out over high-tech Legos that can be assembled into robots and programmed to do all sorts of tasks. The Dandelion Sucker Robot, the Orchard Spray Reduction Robot and the Hood River Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Transport Robot, which carries bikes and walkers across the car-friendly span, are all machines that were devised, discussed and modeled by clever students in Hood River. “We are just inventing robotic solutions for the things people talk about,” says Aram Soghikian, a local robotics engineer who works with kids in the Gorge Robotics Club.

Robotics education in the Gorge got new wind last fall when Google gave $43,000 to two groups in The Dalles for Lego Mindstorms. Kids ages 6 to 18 use the kits to build robots out of sensors, motors and Legos that can be programmed using simplified software.

Mindstorms kits teach kids basic computer programming without being intimidating, and robots get kids interested in technology and science, says Dave Karlson, manager of Google’s data center in The Dalles. Google is one of many local tech giants supporting robotics for kids, along with the robotic aircraft-maker Insitu and other members of the growing Gorge Technology Alliance.

And young robot inventors may become future Insitu and Google engineers. The Lego software is not so different from what many pros use, says Soghikian. Do robots jumpstart mechanical engineering careers? “A huge yes,” he says.

ADRIANNE JEFFRIES

 

 

Comments   

 
Deb Mumm-Hill, FIRST Pacific NW Regional Director
0 #1 Thanks to mentors from industry inspiring students into engineering and innovationDeb Mumm-Hill, FIRST Pacific NW Regional Director 2010-06-17 09:21:56
Kudos to wonderful mentors from industry like Aram Soghikian, who give their time and energy to inspire students in the Columbia River Gorge to become our future innovators and engineers! Also a big thanks to the teachers at the local schools who are encouraging students to get involved with robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is targeting the CRG area this coming school year to bring our full K - 12 robotics programs to the schools, creating teams that compete in a "sport of the mind". For more info on robotics teams or how you can support a school team, check out www.usfirst.org
Quote | Report to administrator
 
 
Julie
0 #2 lego from architecture to roboticsJulie 2011-05-31 22:52:01
Thats so far beyond lego architecture (http://stuf4kids.com/lego/architecture) its not funny and I thought they were pretty advanced, but this is great stuff - construction kits just got way more interesting.
Quote | Report to administrator
 
 
dan
0 #3 dan 2011-12-21 22:09:21
hi Deb............ ............... .......
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Downtime with John Helmick

June 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

Live, Work, Play: CEO of Gorilla Capital.


Read more...

Change at the pump?

The Latest
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
001thumbBY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the U.S. that ban self serve gas stations. But these two holdouts may be ready to give up the game. New Jersey is considering legislation that would lift the state's ban on pumping your own gas. Oregon is considering smaller scale changes.


Read more...

Eco Zoned

June 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY HANNAH WALLACE

Travelers have always come to Oregon for its natural beauty. But will the increasing popularity of agritourism, European-style hiking getaways and forest resorts relax Oregon's notoriously strict land-use laws?


Read more...

The ancient fish that stops bullets

The Latest
Friday, May 08, 2015
hagfishthumbBY CHRIS NOBLE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Hagfish may not have evolved much over the last 300 million years, but their protein-heavy slime promises advances in super-materials.


Read more...

Nine lives

Linda Baker
Friday, May 22, 2015
0f4f7bfBY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR

Roy Kaufmann always lands on his feet.


Read more...

Apartment Mania

Guest Blog
Thursday, June 18, 2015
4805983977 11466ce1d6 zBY BRAD HOULE | CFA

While most categories of commercial real estate have performed well, one of the most robust has been apartment buildings.


Read more...

6 things to know about the Amtrak Cascades route

The Latest
Friday, May 22, 2015
thumb3BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The recent tragedy in Philadelphia has called attention to Amtrak and the nation's woefully underfunded rail service. Here are six facts about the Amtrak Cascades corridor between Eugene and Vancouver B.C. 


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS