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NASA's Robotics Alliance Project is at STEM QUEST at the the 2017 National Scout Jamboree


NASA's RAP has partnered with FIRST to introduce over 1,000 scouts to the Robotics Merit Badge, through hands-on classes at the STEM Quest activity area during the 2017 National Jamboree in West Virginia. The NASA IV&V Facility Educator Resource Center staff, along with FIRST AmeriCorps VISTAs and FIRST Senior Mentors will also be showcasing Robonaut, Spiderbot, and comparing Lunar and Martian wheels just to name a few activities in their tent. Scouts who stop by the NASA Robotics tent will be able to get their own Infrared photograph, pose with Centaur, drive an FTC or FRC robot, compete in robotics sumo wrestling, or attended the merit-badge class which is the only way to earn this extremely limited commemorative patch. Scouts will be introduced to all four FIRST programs and learn how to start a team and discover how the agency supports competitive robotics throughout the country. The Goddard Space Flight Center's Mobile Machine Shop will be giving tours, and engineers from Wallops Island, GSFC, IV&V, and GRC will be engaging the scouts in a range of activities beyond robotics including solar observing, rocket launching, and more.

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2017 FIRST Festival of Champions

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"The FIRST Festival of Champions will take place where it all began, in New Hampshire (where the inaugural FIRST competition was held over 25 years ago). We'll celebrate the FIRST Class of Champions 2017 and enjoy robot action from winning FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition Alliances from FIRST Championship 2017 events in Houston and St. Louis."

The FIRST Festival of Champions will take place on Saturday, July 29

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Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

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The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope.

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Mars Rover Opportunity on Walkabout Near Rim

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NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind.

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NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples

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NASA scientist have found evidence from the initial samples of rocks collected by the Curiosity rover that suggest there was changes in conditions in the water environments over time.

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VEX 2017-2018 Challenge

VEX announced their new challenge for the 2017-2018 season "In The Zone" where two team alliances face off to stack cones on goals and moving the mobile goals to score more points!

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Last Updated: July 25, 2017
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