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Rock Valley College Hosts Community Conversations

Rock Valley College will host the third in a series of Community Conversations on Thursday, March 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m., at the Community Building in Belvidere (111 W. 1st Street, Belvidere, IL 61008). As part of this ongoing series, the event will feature an update on Rock Valley College followed by a small-group breakout discussion where attendees will provide important feedback to help RVC better serve the residents of its region. At the event you will hear “What everyone should know about RVC” from President Mike Mastroianni....

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Rock Valley College Hosts Engineering Week

As part of National Engineers Week, Rock Valley College will be hosting an Engineering, Technology, and Manufacturing Open House on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC) on the RVC main campus (3301 North Mulford Road). Rock Valley College faculty members will demonstrate engineering and technology labs and equipment while area high school robotics teams will be demonstrating their robots. This event is designed to recognize National Engineers Week and to encourage young people to consider...

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Robotics Fever is in the Air!

Area robotics teams are quickly getting ready to “bag” their entry to this years competition. Starting with the announcement January 3rd, local teams, like those around the country, are working hard within their 6 week window to get ready for competition. This years challenge is called RECYCLE RUSH is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing...

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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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