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Friday, May 25 • 10:40am - 11:30am
FIRST Robotics Transcends Traditional Boundaries of Technological Education

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FIRST Robotics Transcends Traditional Boundaries of Technological Education
This session will introduce the participant to FIRST Robotics and how it can be used to transcend the traditional boundaries of technological education and engage a diverse audience of students through authentic and problem based learning.

FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology is a not for profit  public charity that was started by Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

FIRST utilizes a team based, collaborative robot challenge that motivates young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST  activities can be leveraged to build cross-institutional teams of faculty and provide students with real world cross curricular learning opportunities. FIRST also engages high school level students and provides a clear pathway for recruitment to multiple programs at the college level.
The presentation will include the physical robot created by the students from both Fanshawe and the supporting high schools (John Paul II and Ingersol District Collegiate) that was used at the competitions this past semester. Opportunities for cross curricular and capstone projects will be highlighted as well as descriptions of two capstones that were a result of the FIRST robotics team.

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Michael Feeney

Coordinator (and Professor), Fanshawe College
Michael is a Program Coordinator (and Professor, too!) for the Game Development - Advanced Programming, Computer Programmer Analyst, and Internet Applications and Web Development programs in School of Information Technology at Fanshawe College.
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Ray Schott

Program Coordinator Electromechanical Engineering Technician Program, Fanshawe College
Ray Schott (B.A, B.Ed, OCT): Ray is Program Coordinator and Professor in Electromechanical Engineering Technician Program in the School of Applied Science and Technology at Fansahawe College.

Dan Smith

Dan is a Program Coordinator for the Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering program in the School of Applied Science & Technology at Fanshawe College.

Friday May 25, 2018 10:40am - 11:30am EDT
(SC) Mezzanine, Alumni Lounge, and Club Rooms

Attendees (3)