The Business Council of New York State is promoting the varsity Sport for the MindTM, the First Robotics Competition (FRC). FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Teams of high school students are challenged to design, build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Organizers describe FRC as being “as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.” According to the FRC website, “Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team ‘brand,’ hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.”
Two Business Council members — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology are hosting regional competitions in March. Other competitions will take place regionally.
At these regional competitions the objective will be to get the robot to carry a 2 ft. ball from one end of the field to the other, passing the ball from one robot to the next.
In addition to learning from building a robot, the students learn the importance of working together as part of a team.
Businesses can support teams with mentors, coaches or sponsorships. If you would like to get involved please contact The Business Council.
If you would like to read more about what students in the Capital Region are doing to get ready for the RPI competition, you can read reporter Andrew Bream’s story about the competition in the Troy Record.
I include this story because it holds a special significance for me. My mother was graduated from the school in 1945.
She has often spoke lovingly of her experience at the hands of the nuns, but more importantly, Holy Angels Academy is the place where she says she learned to, well… love learning. She said she couldn’t wait to get to class every day. She absorbed everything Holy Academy had to offer. She still recites verbatim poems she needed to share in front of her fellow students; Byron, Blake, Browning. She can still quote from Shakespeare; Othello, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew. When I told her the school announced it would close next month, she was no less shocked and was just as sad about the closing as the current students who received the news Tuesday.
Melinda Miller of The Buffalo News wrote about reaction to the the closing.
Here is yet another story about the impact a college can have on local economy. Bill Brown of The Buffalo News reported on Economic Modeling Specialists study released Wednesday which showed Genesee Community College provides a $169 million annual impact on the four counties it serves.
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Joseph De Avila of The Wall Street Journal wrote a very interesting story about the effect a university, in this case Binghamton University, and small business can have on a local economy. This issue has come to light because of Broome County’s large dip in population – a loss of 2,540 from 2011 t0 2012, the largest drop of any county in New York.
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The Business Council created the Made in New York website to highlight the many products made in New York. We encourage all Business Council members to join the Made in New York movement. By joining, member companies get a page on the site, complete with company information, links back to company homepages, images, videos, product information and more. The economy will strengthen and jobs will be created when more consumers buy made in New York products.
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Successful Roll-Out at Queensborough Community College
Cara Eisenpress of Crain’s New York Business posted this interesting story about an IBM program that helps Queensborough Community College flag struggling students. 70 percent of the school’s students fail to graduate. IBM is doing something about that… and it’s working.
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