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The Robotics Resource Center at WPI is designed to provide support to on-campus and off-campus activities and groups for projects and competitive robotics. The RRC hosts a number of robotics events each year, provides guidance and materials for student projects, and supports the Robotics Engineering major. The staff consists of Ken Stafford, Brad Miller, and Colleen Shaver.

FIRST Robotics and its Relationship to Students' Attitudes Towar

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Author: Anita Lundy

As a teacher in an inner city public high school, I listened to students express distain for science and engineering careers while at the same time desiring high paying, high profile jobs, such as professional athletes or entertainers. Students said they did not want to attend college for the eight or more years required to become medical doctors or research scientists. During my third year teaching at the high school, I helped organize a FIRST Robotics team. Eighteen students joined the first year and while the challenges of building a robot were at times insurmountable, many of the students seemed to enjoy the process. Their attitudes in science and math classes appeared to improve and their grades began to increase.

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