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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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FIRST Robotics

This year GHS is in its rookie year of FIRST Tech Challenge, an after school robotics program where students design, build and program an 18 inch cubed robot to compete in a game like challenge. This year’s challenge is to design a robot that can pick up two various sized wiffle style balls and drop them into cylinders at various heights. The RoboVikings meet every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 4-6 pm. Business partners interested in playing with robots and helping our students with mechanical, electrical or Labview programming are...

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Winnebago High School Robotics Team Tours NASA Robotics Facility in Texas

Winnebago, IL.; November 10, 2014 – Last July, Scott Rippetoe, coach of Texas Torque Robotics Team, issued a half-joking invitation to Scott Hill, coach of Winnovation Robotics Team, to compete at their off-season competition in Houston on November 8. Little did anyone know that quick note would turn into an amazing trip for 19 high school students. Both Winnovation and Texas Torque participate in FIRST’s high school robotics programs which are designed to show students that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and...

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EMITT Takes Flight

Another story from Guilford’s EMITT Newsletter: Students at GHS are able to have a direct path into the aviation field through a partnership with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. This year’s class focuses on the different parts of a plane and how each part relates to the flight process. Next year students will focus on unmanned aircraft. Student Abby Lee said, “This class has opened up a lot of opportunities in showing me what kind of jobs are in aviation and what I can do in the field.” Flight instructor Suadad Alazzawi stated...

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