Google’s Self-Driving Car Test

The self-driving car now has . . . → Read More: Google’s Self-Driving Car Test

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FIRST Promo Video 2011 Featuring Morgan Freeman

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FIRST Lego League 2011: Food Factor Challenge – Keeping Food Safe

The theme for FLL 2011 is Food Factor; details of the challenge for the tournament will be released on the 2nd of September, says the announcement on the FLL website.

Here is an abstract of this year’s theme from the website:

Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of food by finding ways to prevent food contamination?   In . . . → Read More: FIRST Lego League 2011: Food Factor Challenge – Keeping Food Safe

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Google Car That Drives Itself

I had posted these “futuristic” thoughts a while ago. But looking at this NY Times article about  Google cars that drive themselves, it appears that the future is here.

The article talks about a car project at Google, and Google’s experiments on real roads:

The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret . . . → Read More: Google Car That Drives Itself

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The Downside of Bonus

Dan Ariely, the renowned behavioral economist and the author of the widely popular book “Predictably Irrational” has some interesting things to say about the effect of massive bonuses and their true effect on job performance in his New York Times article.

Ariely and his co-researchers use some cleverly designed experiments to study the relationship between the magnitude of . . . → Read More: The Downside of Bonus

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Effect of Technology: Are We Seeing More and Thinking Less?

An article in Medical News Today asks “Is Technology Producing A Decline In Critical Thinking And Analysis?”

Much of today’s learning and research is relies on computer based search on the internet and multi-media presentations. A lot of information is made available very quickly, and often there is too much to process mentally to find the really . . . → Read More: Effect of Technology: Are We Seeing More and Thinking Less?

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Why Schools Should Have A Robotics Team

An interesting presentation – How FIRST Robotics can influence students and play a critical role in reshaping school education.

blip.tv . . . → Read More: Why Schools Should Have A Robotics Team

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FIRST Lego League 2009: 14,725 teams from 56 countries

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

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The FIRST Vision: For Science, Technology and Kids

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

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Place To See: Darlingtonia Wayside near Florence, Oregon

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

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