Robotics on a roll in Minnesota schools

  • Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2013 - 7:40 AM

Varsity teams outnumber boys' hockey as students' interest in the robot-building sport soars across Minnesota.

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toddhans11Jan. 26, 1310:07 PM

Another interesting fact about FIRST and Minnesota teams - ChaoTech 3747 out of RBA of Mankato and Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial build their robot out of a school with no gym at RiverBend Academy Public Charter School. Even with that, they are trying this year to be the first FRC team to ever make it to the National Championships their first three years of existence!

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tooty123Jan. 27, 13 1:03 AM

What a learning experience! Learning, fun, teamwork and technical skills all in one. This is great for schools in MN.

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jackpinesavJan. 27, 13 7:15 AM

These are the kids who will have jobs in the new world economy of the future. The 50's theme of sports and a high school diploma is a dead-end. Interesting how we are still fighting over length of school year, how to cut schools further, and other short-term thinking.Boomers better quit eating the seed corn and prepare the new generation to support them in their elderly years.

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russ999Jan. 27, 13 8:44 AM

Some companies are now bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. because repetitive labor can use robotics instead of the cheapest labor and be more cost effective. In the near term there will be jobs in robotics designing and repairing. Increasingly robots will fix other robots and designing robots will use more sophisticated CAD programs using off the shelve parts or specialized part designs fed into automated manufacturing. A lot less labor and engineering needed not just in manufacturing but in any field where a task can be robotized. What are the jobs of the future for the masses is increasingly becoming a bigger question as technology replaces people in the job market.

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oimmigrationJan. 27, 13 9:04 AM

Why robots??? One futurist foresees a 75% employment rate by 2089, as robots and smart machines replace most jobs done by humans. The worlds population is exploding and machines are taking our jobs! So, do you see the problem here?? This is the downside to technology, massive unemployment. And when people have no jobs, they have no money, and consumer spending makes up 70% of our economy. They are sowing the seeds to their own demise. Wake up people or you will be standing in the unemployment line, the soup line. We do not need to be replacing people with machines.

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oimmigrationJan. 27, 13 9:10 AM

The downside of technology is no jobs as robots and smart machines contine to replace all of us in the job market. So, the future looks very uncertain for us humans and the economy.

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cjmoellerJan. 27, 13 9:13 AM

Minnesota is a leader in robotics through the high school robotics programs and in the elementary and middle school robotics programs (FIRST LEGO League). This year 509 FIRST LEGO League teams from Minnesota have taken on the challenge of this year's theme "Senior Solutions". This Saturday, February 2nd is our State Championship at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul. Come see robots solve missions related to the challenges of aging and the team's solution of keeping our senior citizens engaged, independent and connected to their communities. Event is free and open to the public. (Minnesota has more FIRST LEGO League teams per capita than any other state in U.S., a FIRST LEGO League team for every 10,500 residents in Minnesota) Many of these high school robotic teams mentor our younger teams and will have a demonstration of high school robotics at our tournament on Saturday.

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oimmigrationJan. 27, 13 9:15 AM

Robots are already making our cars and if robots replace most of our jobs, very few people will be able to buy a new car in the future. So, the future does not look very bright to me.

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oimmigrationJan. 27, 13 9:19 AM

Just because we can replace people with machines, does not mean we should if it is bad for us, and the economy. People use your brains.

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oimmigrationJan. 27, 13 9:25 AM

Yes, manufacturing jobs coming back to US from China and India, are being done with robots and smart machines. So, the net result is no jobs for Americans. Not good for US or the economy. Complain to your leaders in Washington.

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