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Thursday, December 03, 2009

US President supports Robotics Educational Programs

Robotics Education has advanced as an important tool for science and techology education in the U.S and get public support by president Barack Obama. In his speech at the National Academy of Science Annual Meeting on April 27, 2009 he said: "I want us to think about new creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering, whether it's science festivals, robotics competitions, fairs that encourage young people to create and build and invent — to be makers of things, not just consumers of things."

On Nov 23 when launching the Educate to Innovate Campaign he expressed his believe "that robotics can inspire young people to pursue science and engineering."

This is great support for robotics educational programs such as First Lego League, botball.org and robot platforms such as iRobot Create, Lego Mindstorm, VEX Robotics, Modular Robotics.

SPARK is an educational robotics web portal that was started by iRobot that supports Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in American schools. The webportal features links to curricula and activities for students in kindergarten through college. SPARK includes information on a variety of robotics platforms as well as articles demonstrating how educators around the United States are utilizing robotics to teach students.

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