Over 140,000 children are participating in this year’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) tournament, comprising 14,725 teams from 56 countries. That’s almost a 14% growth over last year’s participation, as the chart on the FLL site shows.
Starting from the pilot tournament in 1998 in which 210 teams from 2 countries participated, FLL has grown steadily across the . . . → Read More: FIRST Lego League 2009: 14,725 teams from 56 countries
First things first….
What is FIRST?
FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Here are some quotes and pictures from the FIRST website.
FIRST is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. Founded nearly 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, the . . . → Read More: The FIRST Vision: For Science, Technology and Kids
While driving on US 101 along the southern Oregon coast with family, we stopped by a very unique attraction – The Darligntonia Wayside, a few miles north of Florence. This is a small park that you can find to your right immediately as you drive into the marked side-road off the highway. There is a sign-board . . . → Read More: Place To See: Darlingtonia Wayside near Florence, Oregon
Electromate-400 is a power-pack, jump-starter and air compressor, all rolled into one – a very handy device to carry in your car on road trips. . . . → Read More: Review: Black and Decker – Electromate® 400 AC/DC Portable Power Station/Jump-Starter/Compressor
Here is an interesting creation using Mindstorms NXT, a Rolling-Orbital-Bluetooth-Operating-Thing (ROBOT) as its creator calls it.
Spherical Robot 02 (YouTube)
This project uses two NXT controllers: one inside the “thing” and an external one that acts as the remote control. The two controllers communicate via Bluetooth. The external controller is also uses NXT motors that are very cleverly . . . → Read More: A Remote-Controlled Ball? It's A Spherical-Robot Based On Mindstorms NXT
I just read a post in Dan Ariely’s blog about the new expanded version of Predictably Irrational.
Predictably Irrational was first published in February 2008, and given the relative ease of modifying books these days, I decided to add some of my reflections on the stock market crisis — and create an expanded edition of Predictably . . . → Read More: Predictably More Irrational?
Here is an interesting “nudge” that I noticed near my local school recently. On one of the bigger streets adjacent to the school, the “School 25 MPH” sign tends to get ignored by many drivers; probably some larger signs would help. There is one particular intersection that gets really busy just before school time in the . . . → Read More: An Interesting Speed Limiting "Nudge"
I read some interesting discussions on Twitter that companies should encourage employees to telecommute (work from home) when they have flu like symptoms if they cannot afford to take the day off due to economic constraints. Cutting down business travel using technologies such as telepresence when possible would . . . → Read More: Telecommuting, Telepresence And Swine Flu
When I wrote these articles on how one could use portals like Yahoo Groups to set up a crime watch site for people in a neighborhood to share, there was no Twitter. But I have seen several crime watch tweets. I am wondering if it makes any sense to use Twitter for this pupose. Being able . . . → Read More: Neighborhood Crime Watch On Twitter