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How a Robotics Competition Boosted Collaboration

Mar 29, 2011, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Strom)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"And this isn't just about having engineers-in-training. The FIRST competitors draw on a variety of interests and skill sets - they have to design their logo, raise money, make sure they understand the design concepts, and delegate tasks to finish the project. It isn't easy. When I was at the region competitions last week, I got to wander around the pit crews, and I saw one team that was in the process of taking apart their robot and putting it back together again to make it two inches shorter. For some reason, the team hadn't gotten the right measurements during their design phase. Socket sets and crescent wrenches were in abundance as they feverishly worked, in the style of the best Indy 500 pit crews. It was a beautiful thing to watch. The only thing missing was the sound of the air wrenches the big guys use in the pits."

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