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Rock Valley College to Launch Celebration of 50th Anniversary

Rock Valley College will kick off a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with a special event on Friday, January 23, at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Center Atrium on RVC’s main campus. The College will reveal its 50th Anniversary logo and share some plans for celebrating 50 years of RVC throughout the remainder of the year. President Mike Mastroianni and RVC Board Chairman Frank Haney will provide brief remarks. Cake and punch will be served. Rock Valley College was created by district-wide referendum on October 10, 1964, after a...

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Volunteers Needed for Transformational Technology!

From Rock Valley College comes this opportunity: Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516 Over 30 years ago, MIT professor and artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky coined the term “telepresence” to describe systems, which in his futuristic vision would transform work, manufacturing, energy production, medicine, and many other facets of modern life. This “futuristic vision” is now a reality for the Rock Valley College community. Utilizing monies from a grant, RVC Professor Chuck Konkol purchased and received...

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2015 FIRST Robotics Season Launched

News release from FIRST Robotics: Inventor and FIRST® Founder Dean Kamen launched the 2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) season today with the Kickoff of a new robotics game called RECYCLE RUSHSM before a crowd of more than 800 people at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., hometown of FIRST Headquarters. Nearly 75,000 high-school students on approximately 3,000 teams at 107 venues around the globe joined the 2015 Kickoff via live Comcast NBCUniversal broadcast. “FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for...

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FIRST Tech Challenge at Guilford High School

Illinois FIRST is testing out “league play” for FIRST Tech Challenge, FTC, teams. Team 8003 and the five RPS 205 high school teams are part of the West League. In this first year of league play, 24 teams from Northern Illinois are divided into two groups of 12 teams. League teams compete in at least three meets.The third meet will be part of the league championship. At the league championship, leagues #1 and #2 will compete separately, and then the top alliances from each league will compete for the League Championship Finalist...

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Congratulations to Gordy Blaisdell and his colleagues!

2014 has been an impactful year for TechWorks including entry-level Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) machine operator training, in addition to Assembly and custom training. The number of students who graduated from the six and seven week courses was impressive-92 CNC machine operators and 13 Assemblers. The spike in custom training reflects the value found by regional companies to expand their engineers’ knowledge beyond the engineering phase, as well as the creation of the part, and the process and machinery utilized to create it....

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Award-winning Entrepreneur Unveils Simple Solution to Everyday Household Problem

Here is a successful story from FastPitch, courtesy of Sherry Pritz: Tracie Burress, first place winner of EIGERlab’s 2014 FastPitch Competition, has quickly moved her invention forward since her win mid-June. sockTABs, her American-made product, is an ingenious pairing device for socks, which provides a simple solution to an everyday household problem: the infamous “sock monster!” Tracie’s goal is to revolutionize the way we do laundry and help households save money and time in the process. “We’re so impressed with what Tracie has...

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Now I can salute at Girl Scouts!

Thank you to EIGERlab’s Center for Product Development! Not unlike other precocious first graders, Raegan Reynolds has a smile that lights up a room with her mesmerizing blue eyes. What makes Raegan ever so slightly different from her peers is her birth defect—her right hand did not fully develop. Raegan’s parents, Katie and Scott, have been pursuing all avenues in order to help Raegan with her challenge. “Insurance pays for only one prosthetic over the course of a lifetime, and we agreed that decision should be made by Raegan when she is an...

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