FIRST Robotics Competition 2015

Sport for the Mindâ„¢

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 2015 world robotics competition was held April 22-25 in St. Louis, where more than 17,000 students from around the globe competed in the in world’s largest robotics celebration. The exciting conclusion had a crowd of more than 40,000 fans cheering the winning teams from League City, Texas, and Davis, Clovis, and Palmdale, California.

FIRST Robotics Championship 2015

FIRST Robotics Championship 2015

What is FIRST?

The FIRST championship is the culmination of a season of robotics engineering, building, and competitions for kids (ages 6 – 18) from more than 30 countries. Boys and girls around the world work with mentors and professional engineers to build customized robots and test them in regional team competitions.

Inspiring Kids in STEM

FIRST teams have spirit!

FIRST teams have spirit!

FIRST founder, Dean Kamen:

Our mission is to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.

When you see the FIRST teams collaborating, solving problems, and cheering together, you can’t dispute the value of this program in the lives of these kids. Besides giving them opportunities to learn and apply scientific principles, they also gain experience in teamwork, public presentation, and sportsmanship. No matter what professional field they end up choosing, those skills are invaluable.

Helping Bridge the Gender Gap in STEM

Not only are girls getting involved in co-ed robotics teams, they are leading their teams, encouraging their friends to get involved, and even comprising all-girl teams.

Learn More about FIRST

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Bedtime Math 3 – Add some math fun to your bedtime stories!

Bedtime Math 3

Bedtime Math 3

My family has enjoyed the first two volumes of Bedtime Math, by Laura Overdeck. When I was offered a chance to review Bedtime Math 3: The Truth Comes Out, we were very excited!

If you aren’t familiar with the Bedtime Math series, here’s a quick introduction.

Author Laura Overdeck says, “We want kids to feel about math the way they feel about dessert after dinner.”

Our mission: to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives. When is the last time you gave your child a math problem just for fun? Yesterday? Last year? Maybe never? We all know it’s wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but the question remains–what about doing math? Math has a negative association in our culture and many Americans are uncomfortable and even fearful of math and numbers. But Bedtime Math is here to change all that.

Bedtime Math stories feature different difficulty levels, so kids of varying ages — and parents — can participate in the math fun.

Getting kids to enjoy math as much as dessert may seem impossible, but wait until you try Bedtime Math with your kids. Give it a try and give math a chance! You might be pleasantly surprised at their reactions!

Why learn math? (Fox Trot comic)

Why learn math? (Fox Trot comic)

R2D2 Finds Love

This short film is adorable! It’s a story about our favorite little droid, R2-D2, looking for love in San Francisco and Berkeley. He falls hard for a quiet mailbox and tries to woo her… Watch to find out how the story ends.

If you’re curious about how “Artoo In Love” was made, check out the official project site: Writer/Director Evan Atherton.