These are the Women in Tech

A few weeks back a well done infographic came out highlighting the gender gap with girls in science and engineering. While true and disheartening, Bots High highlights the little number – the small percentage of girls who study science in high school, build robots, and go off to major in engineering at MIT or Duke. Hopefully as more girls see other girls building robots, they’ll realize they can do it too. So using some of the statistics, and finding some gems in old films, I put together some videos highlighting these statistics and countering it with footage of girls in action in Bots High. The three are below. I hope you enjoy. “Let’s Eliminate the Girls” – Women in Engineering The Future 3 Women Engineers These are the Girls Who Major in Science Sources Getting Acquainted with Engineering...

Starbot – Miami’s Robotics HQ

Starbot is pretty much the nerve center of robotics in South Florida. It’s a center that focuses on enabling high schoolers to create whatever they can imagine. Though it’s usually robots, I’ve seen student work on go-karts, R/C cars, art projects, and even a camera dolly (ok, that was me during some down time). An independent, non-profit organization, it’s great because even if you’re a student at a school that doesn’t have a machine shop (like most schools), you still have the opportunity to get involved with robotics and other cool programs. They even offer a large amount of classes, from welding and mill work, to design methodology and marketing. Find out more about Starbot by checking out their...

The President Never Misses a Chance to See Cool Robots

‎”I never miss a chance to see cool robots”-President Obama Above is a video of a speech the President gave during the White House’s Science Fair. In attendance were the Mythbusters Adam and Jamie and Bill Nye the Science Guy (it seemed like a sequel to the Preisdent’s STEM speech). Some interesting highlights: Obama said he recorded a special appearance on an upcoming Mythbusters episode. Also, he said the most common college degree of S&P 500 CEOs was not finance or business but engineering. But what he said that I found most interesting was this: It was interesting, when I was talking to some folks…how did you first enter a robotics contest? And a lot of times it turned out that a young person had been inspired because they had seen some older kid involved in a robotics contest. That’s exactly what I hope to achieve with Bots High. A kid somewhere watches the film and sees that kids like them build awesome robots and they can do it...

Twitter’s 4.005th Birthday and a Cool Video

Twitter celebrated its 4th birthday this past Sunday (March 21). Look at the first Tweet here. Summer of 2008 I was able to interview Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter. I’m sure today he wouldn’t have time to sit down with some college kids in the Twitter HQ, so I was lucky I got him when I did (the interview was actually pushed back because he had to go on Fox to talk about Obama announcing Biden as his running mate on Twitter). I think what he says is really interesting, not just about Twitter but how we communicate as a society. Check it out and please share and rate it if you like...

Underwater Robot Testing

Underwater Robot Test Run from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. Today 16 of the above underwater robots are going to be built by 6th graders, mentored by seniors. The robots have a waterproof camera that goes up to a laptop, so you can explore the ocean. The robots are being built in preparation for BioBlitz in Biscayne National Park. It’ll be the first BioBlitz that partly takes place underwater, thanks to the ingenuity of Starbot and the...

Going to the Moon or Grounded on Earth?

Check out this video on saving NASA’s Constellation program and Ares rocket (the program that was going to replace the Space Shuttle and take us back to the moon, and then Mars). In his proposed budget Obama wants to raise NASA funding by about 2%, but cut the Constellation program (and basically manned space flight), leaving that area open for private companies to take over. This has been a pretty low note compared to Obama’s announcement to push for science and engineering education. Nobel Prize winning physicist Steven Weinberg thinks it’s the right thing to do, arguing that “the only technology for which the manned space flight program is well suited is the technology of keeping people alive in space. And the only demand for that technology is in the manned space flight program itself.” And I’m sure robots everywhere are cheering when he says for the cost of one manned mission to Mars you could send 100 robots. Of course if we ever want to have a future that doesn’t permanently restrict humans to remaining on Earth (which I hope is not the case) then we’ll need all that technology and knowledge that comes out of manned space travel. I think a far more intangible benefit of manned space travel is marketing. Marketing for interest in science. Marketing for exploration. Marketing to future generations and inspiring people to explore science and technology and continue the journey into the final frontier. There’s an inspiring article written by Calvin Turzillo (the guy who made the video above) marking the 40th anniversary of man walking on the moon. You should definitely...