We the Geeks: “Don’t Be Bored, Make Something” – White House Google+ Hangout Tuesday

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Look what the White House just announced for Tuesday afternoon (ET):

Have you ever considered what you might create with a state-of-the-art digital design studio? Have you ever thought about planning and printing a new pair of sneakers, instead of just buying some? Have you ever dreamt about what you would make if you had all the tools of industrial design at your fingertips?

Well, those dreams may be closer than you think.

A new generation of American pioneers is democratizing the tools of the industrial revolution and spreading them to students around the country. But these tools aren’t the rusty machines you might imagine – they’re 3-D printers, laser cutters, and water jets, and they give you the ability to make almost anything. Not only that, they may be coming soon to a school near you.

Announcing the first ever White House Science Fair, the President called for an all hands on deck approach to grow a generation of Americans who are, “the makers of things, and not just the consumers of things.” And at the 2012 White House Science Fair, the President met student Joey Hudy and launched his marshmallow cannon, noting that Joey’s motto was, “Don’t be bored, make something.” Responding to that call, citizens, communities, and organizations are coming together to give students the tools to design with their minds and make with their hands.

Join us and leading tinkerers, educators, and innovators on Tuesday, November 12th, at 2:00 pm EST for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout, called “Don’t Be Bored, Make Something”.

The Hangout will be moderated by Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation, and Cristin Dorgelo, Assistant Director for Grand Challenges, and will feature a panel of these leading experts:

Hear from the people building the next generation of shop class by tuning into "We the Geeks: Don’t be Bored, Make Something" live on WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks and the White House Google+ page on Tuesday, November 12, at 2:00 pm EDT.

Got comments or questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+ and we'll answer some of them during the live Hangout.


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8th Kondo KHR Robot Anniversary Celebration Schedule Announced

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The 8th Kondo KHR Robot Anniversary event will take place in Tokyo on August 4th (Saturday) and 5th (Sunday). Competitions will include Kondo Battle KHR Class which follows the standard ROBO-ONE competition rules, and KondoCup Robot Soccer.

Since this event celebrates the anniversary of the popular Kondo KHR humanoid robot series, it will feature the KHR classifications for all competitions.

The event will be open to the public, and admission is free. The venue is the 3331 ARTS CYD facility at 11-14 6-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda, in the Akihabara district just a few minutes walk from the Kondo RoboSpot location.

Via: Kondo-robot.com news

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TechFest & UK Micromouse Competition Registration Open

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The center attraction at the Birmingham TechFest Competitions is the UK Micromouse championship, an event that has been held continuously in the UK sine 1980.

This year, TechFest will take place Saturday, June 16th, and will include the traditional UK Micromouse Maze Solver competitions as well as Wall Follower, Time Trials, Drag Race, Line Follower, and Mini-SUMO events. Registration is now open.

Via: TEE : TechFest Competitions (including UK Micromouse) - Micromouse and other competitions

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ROBO-ONE Light 4 Humanoid Robot Competition – Pit Area

The ROBO-ONE Light series of competitions was developed to encourage novice humanoid robot builders to participate in the ROBO-ONE initiative. In other words, the ROBO-ONE organizers wanted to attract "new blood" and revitalize the movement.

All of the robots have to be based on robot kits from a list of authorized manufacturers and models. However, many of the builders have heavily modified the hardware and software to give them a bigger competitive advantage in the ring.

Via: ROBO-ONE Light 4 - Pit Area

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Kickstarter Project: RoboGames 2012 documentary

RoboGames has a new Kickstarter project to create a documentary video covering all the top events and competitors at RoboGames 2012. It's a fantastic way to enjoy all the bot on bot action if you can't get to San Mateo to experience it in person. And, even if you are present and accounted for, there is way too much going on for you to absorb and appreciate it all.

Helping to fund the documentary, and getting a copy of the DVD in return, is an excellent way to support the sport and continue to enjoy RoboGames 2012 with all your friends for years to come. It would also make a great birthday, special occasion, or Christmas gift for the robot geek in your life.

Via: RoboGames 2012 documentary by RoboGames — Kickstarter

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Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10! Main Event

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As I mentioned before, Christmas Day for me here in Japan involved one of the most over-the-top robot events in the world, Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10!

The competition is pure robot entertainment, a robotized version of professional wrestling that includes all of the fun, excitement, thrills, and laughs of its human counterpart. The major difference is that no blood is spilled and no brains are scrambled.

Luckily, I had a ringside seat for the Main Event, pitting MONSTER against SAAGA, and am able to share the video with you below.


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Shapeways My Keepon Robot Challenge

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Shapeways, the NYC based start-up that provides a way for creators to manifest their concepts as real world 3D products, announced the "Shapeways My Keepon Challenge":

"Given our obsession with the toy, we wanted to give the Shapeways community an opportunity to win a My Keepon for your own late night jam sessions. So we've teamed up with the creators for what we are dubbing "The Shapeways My Keepon Challenge.

Design an accessory for My Keepon (anything goes so long as we can print it!) and the winner with the most creatively awesome add-on will win a My Keepon, a print of his or her accessory, and a $50 Shapeways gift certificate.

A joint team of BeatBots, Wow! Stuff, and Shapeways will be judging the entries.  From the My Keepon team, we're excited to have as judges Dr. Marek Michalowski and Dr. Hideki Kozima of BeatBots; and Dr. Graeme Taylor and Richard North of Wow! Stuff."


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