Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Change Through Robots

PostedJanuary 5, 2014

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Anchor Lead: Robots might be a key to our future. Not necessarily the robots themselves, but the ideas they’re helping to generate in future innovators.

Randy Atkins: FIRST Robotics – a competition for students in Kindergarten through high school – looks a lot like a sporting event…with cheering, strategy sessions, and flying objects like balls and Frisbees.

Don Bossi: But in reality, a lot of our focus is on helping kids solve real problems.

Randy Atkins: Don Bossi, president of FIRST, says, sure, a lot of that involves figuring out how to win. But, along the way...

Don Bossi: …one of the things kids learn in FIRST is that hard can be fun.

Randy Atkins: And a little-known aspect are its projects aimed at translating skills learned in the competition to real world issues that…

Don Bossi: …kids in 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade are thinking about and inventing solutions to.

Randy Atkins: Their theme this year is natural disasters, while high school competitors are focusing on additional Grand Challenges for Engineering. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.