Robots that do the dirty work — CES 2016 robotics slideshow

From grill-cleaning robots to robots that defied gravity, the CES 2016 robotics section had companies with an interesting array of tasks. Robots have been developed for all sorts of purposes with the goal of helping humans with everyday tasks. In the first nine months of 2015, over 22,000 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North … Read more

Make it, fail, make it again, sell it – interview with UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman

Video contribution by Xavier Smith Building a product, having it fail, going back to the drawing board and then figuring out how to get it to market is a “been there done that” mindset when a student leaves the University of Advancing Technology (UAT). “Learning has changed,” Provost UAT Dr. David Bolman said. The curriculum at UAT follows … Read more

Southwest Maker Fest hope to create culture of makers – wrap up

Inventors from across the Valley gathered over the weekend in downtown Mesa for the second annual Southwest Maker Fest. Exhibitors displayed robotics, artistic pieces and more for everyone to come and enjoy. The event has doubled in size and aims to enhance Arizona’s “maker” culture where inventors can gather and collaborate, according to Thomas Sollars, … Read more

Spare Parts hits theaters today – true tale of AZ teen robotics club beating MIT

The local tale of a few high school underdogs competing in an underwater robotics competition against MIT and winning has finally hit the big screens today. “Spare Parts,” tells the story of how four Carl Hayden Community High School Students and their mentors used car parts, 800 dollars, innovation and quick thinking to build the … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Kids and their robots – CES

This week’s Gadgets for the Guru is dedicated to the kid in you. While these gadgets may be geared toward elementary-aged children, you’re never too old to feel young again! At CES 2015 in Las Vegas last week the AZTB team came across a variety of toys that combine entertainment and education for a maximum … Read more

Kingman High School robotics team wins $5,000 from The Chrysler Foundation

Kingman High School’s Bionic Bulldogs robotics team just landed a sweet score from The Chrysler Foundation after receiving $5,000 to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge. [youtube]http://youtu.be/IppTdkRcoXs [/youtube] Imagine an event that combines frisbee chucking robots and learning about mechanics and engineering and you have the FIRST events. Sounds pretty epic, … Read more

Robots attack! High school robotics teams demo at Phoenix Comicon

Local high school robotics teams let Phoenix Comicon goers sneak a peak at their battle-ready robot creations throughout the weekend. These teams get to build, design and battle their robots in local and national competitions. The students are associated with the program FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) which inspires student interest in science and … Read more

It's never too early to build robots -Comicon panel shows how students can make it happen

Parents may worry that today’s tech is robbing their children’s attention span, but Mesa’s champion Westwood Robotics high school team knows how tech can be used to enrich a kid’s life: just build wicked awesome robots with your friends. At the 2014 Phoenix Comicon convention in downtown Phoenix, the team presented “How Robots are Taking Over High … Read more

UA's engineering teams compete for $15K at Design Day 2014

Creative sparks will fly at this year’s Engineering Design Day on May 6, sponsored by the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering. The event is a design spectacular featuring 64 completely original engineering projects by over 350 students majoring in various engineering disciplines. From unmanned aerial vehicles, surveillance systems, smartphone apps to a robotic lawn … Read more