Blog Posts

Teaming up with STEM: How sports and learning connect

Posted by Molly Underwood on April 16, 2021

Movies and TV shows portray the stereotype of jocks and nerds as people who are completely different and share nothing in common. But this cliché is far from the truth! Brainpower and physical power go hand in hand – the subjects we learn in the classroom connect with the sports we watch and compete in.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Science, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, Math

Making a difference through mentoring

Posted by Preston Frazier on November 12, 2020

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin

A mentor is “someone who provides support and helps the mentee to review their situation through a process of reflection, questions, signposting, challenge, advice and feedback” (National Mentoring Day).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Culture, FIRST Tech Challenge, STEM, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Smarter robots: Get a sense of these new expansion opportunities

Posted by Aaron Locke on September 24, 2020

Everything is getting smarter these days – from smart devices to smart cars, from smart appliances to smart homes. Now, with the addition of these new sensors, your TETRIX® robots can become smarter as well. Sensors gather input about a robot’s environment and turn that input into data the robot can use.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Engineering, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning

Changing the game: FIRST® Tech Challenge season ready

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 22, 2020

FIRST® recently announced the new game for the 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge season, ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm, and it’s definitely a game changer in the robotics world!

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Topics: Middle School, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Culture, FIRST Tech Challenge, Resources, Coding, TETRIX Robotics

Rise together: Being a ‘Force for Change’ in different times

Posted by Joe Slifka on April 18, 2020

The 2020 season for the LaBrae High School robotics team, The RoboVikes, ended on Thursday, March 12. We weren’t planning to finish so early, but, like much the rest of the country, our school was shut down and ordered to remain closed for three weeks. That was more than five weeks ago now. In Ohio, we are currently in “shelter in place” mode with only essential businesses remaining open, with plans to reassess the COVID-19 situation in early May. 

As we navigate these different times, I wanted to share some moments we had during our season and ways that teams can stay connected and continue to build your skill sets. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Trends, Resources, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, innovate, Workforce Development, 3-D Printing