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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 12:20

Launch of Mars Science LaboratoryNASA Launches Curiosity--Its Most Capable Rover Robot

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA began a historic voyage to Mars with the Nov. 26 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, which carries a car-sized rover named Curiosity. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas V rocket occurred at 10:02 a.m. EST (7:02 a.m. PST).

"We are very excited about sending the world's most advanced scientific laboratory to Mars," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "MSL will tell us critical things we need to know about Mars, and while it advances science, we'll be working on the capabilities for a human mission to the Red Planet and to other destinations where we've never been."

The mission will pioneer precision landing technology and a sky-crane touchdown to place Curiosity near the foot of a mountain inside Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012. During a nearly two-year prime mission after landing, the rover will investigate whether the region has ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life, including the chemical ingredients for life.  Read more...

Registration for ePDN online courses is open!

Some of the online courses being offered include: Robotics, Problem-based Inquiry Learning, Statistics, and Technology Integration.  Find out more about the 2012 distance learning courses available through the Georgia Tech ePDN at this location:

Robot Ready for Food Challenge

Hungry for Robotic Action?

If you have time to help us at this year's Dec. 3rd's WV FLL tournament in Ripley, WV (setup the afternoon and evening of Dec. 2, starting at 3 p.m.), please complete the form at the website provide in this blog. With the 54 teams, or around 1000 people we're expecting, we REALLY need a lot of help this year.  Read More…

Making Science and Math Appealing to Today’s Youth


In today’s world, middle and high school students tend to focus more on Kobe Bryant’s

basketball skills and Lady Gaga’s shocking new outfit, rather than taking a key interest in science and math. While entertainment and athletics are valuable, so are science and math. So how can we as educators, parents, and so forth make acts of science and math

more appealing to our youth? Read this article to review FIRST's approach to social media and promotional methods to make science and technology more appealing to today's youth.

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Food Factor ChallengeWV FLL Logistics - Dec. 3, 2011 at Ripley High School in Ripley, WV


Look to this blog for information about tournament hotel blocks and directions to Ripley High School. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions in the comment section provided at the bottom of this blog. Read More…


Nut-free Healthy Snacks? NO non-human NUTS AT WV FLL


I don't know about you, but my favorite snacks have nuts in them: almonds, peanut butter crackers, and snickers bars. Unfortunately, because nut allergies are potentially FATAL, ALL NUT PRODUCTS ARE BANNED FROM THE TOURNAMENT!!! Read More…

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 November 2011 18:03