Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Most everyone by now has heard about FIRST LEGO League, and knows about it’s purpose to help students develop engineering and problem solving skills, preparing students for higher level education and careers working in Robotics and other like fields.
I imaging that to most, this appears only as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, but it needn’t be so. It is possible, as Researchers form Carnegie Mellon University demonstrate, sometimes LEGO is not on the path to the solution, but rather the actual solution.
Via the Atlantic
Researchers at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University have enlisted the help of some custom made LEGO robots to grow artificial bone samples. In order to build up the bone grafts, a scaffold needs to be repeatedly dipped in a number of different solutions to grow the compound, a highly repetitive task that lent itself to a little bit of home-brewed automation.
Using LEGO and it’s Mindstorms components, the team built specialized robots to perform the otherwise monotonous tasks for them. So great a cconcept, Google producted the following video to help promote their online Science Fair*.
*Note: The entry window for Google’s online Science Fair has passed, but you can still sign up to get a notification when next Years opens up!
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Utah FIRST Lego League (FLL) is an exciting, and fun robotics and innovation program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, teamwork and technology. Participants are kids ages 9 to 14.
FLL has been long established in other parts of the world and The United States, but did not make it foray into Utah until last year when the University of Utah began sponsoring it. Utah FLL is made possible by the University of Utah and various corporate partners, individual team sponsors, and the more than 500 volunteers and team coaches each year.
This year however FLL is short about 200 of the volunteers needed for the qualifying and state tournaments which will be held on January 7th, 14th, and 28th. so if you can, clear your calendar, and click over to the volunteer site and sign up.