DuPont Recognizes FSR Volunteers with 2013 Awards

DuPont employees and FSR volunteers with FIRST National Advisor, Woodie Flowers (2nd left) of MIT

DuPont employees and FSR volunteers with FIRST National Advisor, Woodie Flowers (2nd left) of MIT

Three programs affiliated with FSR– MOE, Delaware FTC, and FSFLL– were awarded $1000 grants through the DuPont Volunteer Recognition Program. This program recognizes the volunteer work that DuPont employees provide to their communities in education, human services, arts, and the environment.

“The work done by our employee volunteers is critically important to the vitality of the communities where we operate,” said Sylvia S. Banks, Manager, DuPont Corporate Contributions. “These community ambassadors create an environment of trust that is an integral part of our core values.”

FSR relies on volunteers to mentor teams, organize and staff events, as well as to develop and administer the funds that make the programs possible. DuPont is one of several corporate sponsors who support First State Robotics.

Learn more about DuPont here.

FIRST announces funding for new FTC teams

From FIRST website:

As a result of generous contributions from several FIRST supporters, FIRST is able to announce an exciting new FTC Rookie Team Grant program for the 2013/2014 FTC Season. All new North American teams are now able to receive a $500 grant to ease their entry into the program. This grant will be applied to offset registration fees and to reduce the cost of purchasing the reusable robot kits used to compete.

Go to http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/registration to get started.

2013-14 FTC team registration is open and the cost for 2013-14 is $275. That fee allows you to register for locally organized competitions, gives your team access to discounted robot kits and parts, a free copy of National Instruments LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS 2012 and access to the FTC Game and Robot Forum.

Photo: Adriana M. Groisman

Photo: Adriana M. Groisman

For more info on Starting an FTC team or on Delaware’s Diamond State FTC, see here.

Smithsonian reporters: From Denmark to Delaware

When the Smithsonian magazine assigned a reporter and photographer to cover the story of LEGO and FIRST for an article on ideas and innovation, we were happy to have them to see the multi-age multi-level FSR Championship event at the Bob Carpenter Center last January.

Every year, the event is one of the largest single-day robotics competitions of its kind in the world and three program events take place in the same venue. This was the tenth anniversary year and over 100 student teams from six states participated, with students ranging in age from six to eighteen.

The article is available online, “How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers”

Read here:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ideas-innovations/How-Lego-Is-Constructing-the-Next-Generation-of-Engineers-204137981.html#ixzz2YQ9MA5AS
There are additional pictures on the photographer’s web site: http://elimeirkaplan.com/blog/?p=1484