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FIRST Robotics World Championships Videoconferences

past FIRST Robotics Competition

On April 29, HEC-TV Live! invites you to join them live via videoconference from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for the 20th annual FIRST Robotics World Championships. Go behind the scenes of the FIRST Robotics World Championships as they happen. See competing robots in action. Interact with student and professional engineers. Ask your questions, share your ideas, delve into the career of a robotics engineer. For more info, or to register, click here. This is for grade levels 5-12. There are two time slots: 9 to 10:00 and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT. This program is free of charge and the enrollment deadline is April 25.

Another Free VC Opportunity!

RoundTrips is happy to invite your students to join them, the Missouri Department of  MODOT Bridge Construction Photos Transportation, and MOREnet for “Bridge Construction 2:  Surface Structure” on April 17 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. This free program, the seventh in their ten part series of videoconferences highlighting MODOT’s construction of a new bridge over the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri, will focus on the work involved with creating the surface structure of the new bridge. More information about the entire series of bridge programs can be found at http://mobridge.more.net.

If you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with RoundTrips.  If you’d like to enroll for the program, please contact them via phone or e-mail.

Bridge Construction 2:  Surface Structure
Date:  April 17, 2009 | Grade Levels: 5-12
Times: 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 10 to 10:50 a.m. Central Time
Cost:  No Fee

The bridge has been designed, public hearings have been held, and funding has been arranged.  Construction is well underway with superstructure built for the bridge’s approach ramps and additional superstructure being built over the river itself.  Now it is time to begin creating the surface structure. Join us live from the construction site of the new bridge going over the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri.

What are the steps in creating the surface structure?  What materials are used?  How is the structure welded together?   How is the surface structure for the bridge connected to the bridge support system?  What elements are pre-fabricated and what is created on site?  How does the installation occur?  What are the careers involved in building a bridge?  For the answers to these and other questions, join RoundTrips for our sixth program in our continuing series of programs produced with the Missouri Department of Transportation as they build a new bridge over the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri.  Interact with construction personnel as they share how they are bringing the design plans to life.

Design Processes 1: The Big Picture

MOREnet, MODOT and RoundTrips Present:
Building the Glasgow Bridge Videoconference

Date: February 20, 2009 | Times: 10-10:45 a.m. | 11:15 a.m.-Noon
Grade Levels: 8-12  |  Cost: No Fee Program

It’s a pretty typical day in the office when the boss drops in and says, “Hey, the Missouri Department of Transportation has just informed us they’ve got a bridge over the Missouri River that needs replacing. We’d like to get that job. I’ve got the specs here on the location. Put your team together and come up with some preliminary design options we can send them for consideration.”

What do you do next? Where do you begin? How do engineers create preliminary design plans for a new bridge? What factors impact their choices most? What do they need to know about the location’s terrain, the previous bridge’s design and structure, cost parameters, etc.? Go to the source. Interact with engineers to find out how they weigh conflicting conditions, scientific principles, and federal regulations to begin the process of designing a bridge. What is it like to apply the principles of engineering to the real world of designing a specific bridge?

Join us for this program, the fourth of our ten part videoconference series developed with the Missouri Department of Transportation as it builds a new bridge across the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri, to view the “big picture” of bridge design and find out.

RoundTrips & MOREnet Present Robots Alive: Robotics, Engineering & You

Sign up now if you are interested!

Join RoundTrips live from Hale Arena in Kansas City, Missouri and be part of the action as teams from across the Midwest compete in the  2nd annual Kansas City FIRST Robotics Regional Competition.  During the free videoconference your students (grades 7-12) will interact with both competing student engineers and professional engineers.  Go live to the pits as students test and tweak their robots; ask questions about designing and building the machines, what’s working and what’s not.  Go live to the field of competition and see the robots in action;  watch how the robots are accomplishing their tasks, which strategies and designs work best.  Your students will also meet engineers working in the field and see other unique applications of robots.  Your students will have the chance to ask engineers questions about their career, the design and creation of their robots, the challenges and opportunities available as an engineer.  Are your students working on a robotics project of their own?  Ask the engineer for advice, feedback, and ideas. Videoconference Dates:  March 6, 2008 at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Noon to 1:00 p.m., and 2 to 3 p.m. CST and March 7, 2008 at 10 to 11 a.m., and 1 to 2 p.m. CST. (Each program will be offered live via videoconference, webstreaming, and broadcast programming).

1.  To view as a Videoconference School—Interactive videoconference space for the program is limited to three schools per show.  These students will have face-to-face interaction with the competitors and engineers at the FIRST Robotics competition.  “View only” videoconference space is also available, and these students will be able to e-mail questions during the program. To enroll as a videoconference school (interactive or view only), contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis at rmorrison@csd.org no later than March 1.  Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.  2.  To view via the Internet—Viewing via the web is unlimited but enrollment is necessary to receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.  To watch the program live via the web, surf your computer to http://www.more.net/mets/first/ on the program day. Students viewing can e-mail questions during the program to roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us.   To enroll your students for web viewing, once again contact Tim Gore at RoundTrips at roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us or by calling 314-773-6934.  Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.  Since many schools limit streaming video through their firewalls, we recommend testing your ability to view the stream prior to the program by watching one of RoundTrips’ archived programs at www.roundtrips.org.  We recommend viewing the program live on 1 computer only and connecting that computer to a television or digital projector for classroom viewing.  Should you have questions about viewing this way, please contact us. To see even more of the FIRST Robotics excitement online you can watch live competition all day March 7 and  March 8 via webstream at: www.more.net/mets/first/.   3.  To view via Cable Television—Some programs will be shown live in the St. Louis metropolitan area on CSD-TV, channel 22.  Students viewing in this way can e-mail their questions during the program to roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us.  Viewing via cable television is unlimited but enrollment is necessary to receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials.  To enroll your students for web or TV viewing, contact Tim Gore at RoundTrips at roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us or by calling 314-773-6934.  Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials. The following programs will air live on 22:  March 6 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. and March 7 10 to 11a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. [ More details about FIRST Robotics can be found at http://www.usfirst.org/.  Learn more about Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) at http://www.more.net and find out about RoundTrips at http://www.roundtrips.org.]