as Competition Season Heats Up
Robotics in K-12 has become a phenomenon, with multiple organizations--FIRST, VEX, , and --selling kits, encouraging students to participate, and running competitions. During 2012, FIRST competitions will encompass nearly 27,000 teams with 293,000 high school, middle school, and grade school students. The VEX program, run by , hosts 4,800-plus teams in 23 countries and puts on 300 events a year. The VEX world championship takes place in Anaheim starting April 18 and will host 600 teams from 17 countries…
What Chris Bradshaw said he values about robotics programs is how they inspire creativity. Bradshaw is Autodesk's chief marketing officer and senior vice president for "reputation, consumer & education." That includes oversight of an education community program that provides Autodesk software to students anywhere in the world for free….
Then there's the STEM connection. According to , FIRST participants are twice as likely to go into science and engineering majors. Female participants are four times more likely to pursue those majors in college….