Official Announcement

RoxanneStorey
June 30, 2016

firstoverview-3269In the Spring of 2013, April 4-6, the State of Maine will join the growing list of states and nations around the world that host a regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The inaugural “Pine Tree Regional” will be held at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston; the competition is fully sanctioned by the FIRST Robotics national office. The date of the new regional competition was just announced, in cooperation with regional planning around the world.

For over 15 years, a handful of teams from Maine have been attending regional competitions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and beyond. With the growth of FIRST Robotics around the world, increased corporate support for new and existing Maine teams by a partnership of companies led by Fairchild Semiconductor, and the push around the nation for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities for youth, the Pine Tree Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is a next logical step for Maine.

True to the FIRST culture of collaboration and “coopetition,” the planning committee for this event is an offshoot of the Maine Robotics Coalition that was formed almost 10 years ago to support and promote all FIRST Robotics teams in Maine. The Pine Tree Regional Planning Committee is comprised of professional mentors, parents and educators from each of Maine’s ten teams.

A single team consists of twenty to forty high school students, numerous professional mentors (including parents as mentors), and even some younger brothers and sisters. It has been the experience of FIRST teams everywhere that most of the students involved on a team end up furthering their education in some STEM field.

The planning committee expects approximately 2000 people to attend the spring competition as spectators, with an excitement level to rival any sports competition. Beyond its value to education and the economy, students have found FIRST Robotics to be “some of the hardest fun” they have ever had, a promise made by the founders years ago.

FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen of Deka Research and Development Corporation as a way to excite young people in science and technology, and give them professional role models working in these fields. In 2012 – 13, there will be more than 2700 FRC teams competing with over 54,000 high school students from around the world.

FIRST participants have exclusive access to over $15 million in college scholarships from over 600 scholarship opportunities. Robots seen in this competition are built in 6 weeks from a common kit of parts and weigh about 150 pounds. The competition season consists of 57 regional competitions around the world, culminating in the World Championship in St. Louis, MO in late April.

Interested members of the community are invited to support this event with corporate and individual contributions made payable to FIRST Pine Tree Regional, FIRST, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101-1103. The fundraising goal needed to hold the competition is $100,000, with numerous sponsorship levels available. Hundreds of volunteer opportunities will also be available in the organization and operation of the spring event in Lewiston.

For more information or to get involved, contact the planning committee at pinetreeregional@gmail.com, and visit www.pinetreeregional.org on the Web. “Like” the event Facebook page “Pine Tree Regional” to receive updates and join in the conversation.

The Future of 3d Printing – 3d Printed Robots and Organs

RoxanneStorey
June 25, 2016

downloadToday notes the start of London Innovation Week! Robotics surpassing human beings, 3D published body organs and also drones supplying pizza are merely a few of things anticipated according to a study carried out to note the event. The study was headed by London & Allies, the Mayor of London’s marketing firm, and also was motivated by a collection of forecasts advanced by Imperial University London’s Technology Insight study group. Check over here for 3d Doodle Pen. It discloses the modern technologies customers believe will certainly interfere with typical sectors as well as drive onward the development of London’s technology market. The searchings for highlight health care as a crucial sector established for modification with Britons forecasting that they will certainly no more see the medical professional when they get ill however will certainly rather consult their General Practitioner from residence utilizing virtual reality innovation. A multitude of individuals likewise think that 3D printers will certainly be utilized to generate human body organs, possibly getting rid of the demand for human contribution, while merely under fifty percent of those checked believe the globe’s very first duplicated human will certainly have been birthed by 2036.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan claimed: “London Modern technology Week radiates a light on this extremely crucial industry of the economic climate as well as shows exactly how our city is open to trade, suggestions as well as individuals from around the world. Tech-savvy Londoners welcome brand-new electronic developments that are visiting change the manner in which we live and also it is essential that we harness those concepts to aid the funding job also a lot better as a city. You can visit allthat3d.com for 3d composition. As somebody that has actually assisted to run an effective company, I anticipate sustaining the technology field so it goes from stamina to toughness over the years to coming.” The research, which asked 2000 individuals a collection of inquiries associating with exactly how they believed modern technology would certainly transform their lives in the future likewise revealed that those checked believed style would certainly be an essential market for adjustment. Over fifty percent of Britons anticipated that we will routinely put on apparel linked to the net within the following twenty years.

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Teacher David Gann, Vice President Development at Imperial University London stated: “London’s engineers, researchers, paramedics and also business owners are developing the future. No city worldwide appreciates London’s ratio of ability, innovation society and also funding. It is a powerful mix. ” London is an atmosphere where suggestions grow, layout as well as advancement is accepted as well as brand-new modern technologies are changing our lives right. 3d printed robots are made of quality 3d materials. Read more here about 3d items used.

U.S. Robotics Job Opportunities Rise 29% in 2012

RoxanneStorey
June 16, 2016

downloadU.S. corporate recruiters and staffing firms posted more than 6,000 online job ads requiring robotics skill sets in May. The figure represents a 29% year-over-year growth compared to May 2011 and is twice the volume of online robotics-related job ads posted in May 2010, according to Wanted Analytics, a business intelligence firm specializing in the jobs marketplace. However, variations in the depth of local talent mean that employers in some regions are having to wait longer to find people with sufficient robotics-related skills to take up the available positions. As a consequence, employers in these regions are offering more competitive employment packages than competitors in other parts of the country.

The job listings apply to both roboticists and end-users, Abby Lombardi, director of marketing at Wanted Analytics tells Robotics Business Review. “Basically it’s any job that included some sort of specification for knowing how to build, program, or work with robots,” says Lombardi. More than 2,000 jobs were advertised for healthcare practitioners—the most of any occupational field—at a 46% year-over-year increase. Engineering related jobs that required robotics skills increased by 13% from May 2011. In Phoenix alone, there was a 3,057% increase in the number of jobs requiring robotics skills in general medical and surgical hospitals, and an increase of 4,000% in similar postings for physicians’ offices.

images“Robotics is an emerging field. We’ve been watching this skills set and requirement and noticing that it’s increasing steadily,” says Lombardi. Some of the increase in robotics-related jobs postings can be attributed to the general economic upturn but the current rate of growth is probably not sustainable, says Henrik I. Christensen,KUKA Chair of Robotics at the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. “2009 to 2010 were slow years, but now that the economy is picking up again there is a surge for people that can install and operate robots,” says Christensen, who expects the rate of growth to slow down over the coming years.

“The robotics market grew 110% in 2011 according to the IFR World Robotics Report, but 2009 was particularly poor, so this is probably not a sustainable growth rate. I expect growth rates to be in the 20-30% range, but not in the 60-100% range. Sustainable growth of 25% is on a par with a long-term trend with many new areas of growth,” adds Christensen. Another factor driving the increase in robotics-related jobs, says Christensen, is the move away from outsourcing amongst U.S. companies, a trend driven by increased salaries in overseas markets. “Clearly companies are re-considering their manufacturing strategy. But in addition we are starting to roll out new products in manufacturing, services, and unmanned systems. We are trying to grow across the board which is encouraging,” says Christensen.