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Connecting-the-dots, phase change memory and producing new scientists

When it comes to potential and possibilities, sometimes all the dots really do connect. And over a few days last week, covering three separate, and seemingly different, events I had the chance to see that happen. The “dots” started to come together at the recent Freescale Symposium, sponsored by Freescale Semiconductors and the Kate Gleason more »

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Redefining study abroad, Formula racing style

All 76 teams from around the world lineup before the opening events of the Formula Student Germany competition. Photo by FSG

While RIT expands its study abroad programs, there are many international experiences RIT students participate in that have little to do with classrooms, but everything to do with learning opportunities. This month, the RIT Formula Racing Team set off for Germany for its final competition of the season. The team gears up for three major more »

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Under the hood at Baja Rochester

RIT Tigers Listen to Judges

I have to admit, I wasn’t crazy about the prospect of dirt and mud, but what can one expect at a Baja off-road event, especially at a place called Hogback Hill? That’s where the 2010 Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge took place. Roughing it was never my thing, but sometimes the reporter has to go more »

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Baja begins: RIT hosts 89 colleges from around the world

RIT Car Gets Final Tweak

As part of my beat, I’ve been involved with the RIT Baja team as it prepared for the 2010 Rochester World Challenge starting today at RIT today (and continuing all weekend). Since the start of the academic year, the team has known it would host one of the biggest regional events for SAE Baja. After months more »

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FIRST brings together students, mentors and chickens!

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This is year two for me covering the annual FIRST Robotics competition held at RIT. As you can tell, I’m still fascinated by the pageantry, and equally impressed with how serious folks take this—and pass on the traditions! The FIRST Robotics family continues to grow. Its fans are young and young-at-heart. Former players turn into more »

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FIRST Robotics: New teams, new mentors for Breakaway

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FIRST Robotics crosses many technical boundaries, but also interpersonal communications boundaries. Getting the new game, called Breakaway, means that participants have to not only build a robot to certain specifications, but also train team members, drivers and coaches in how they will communicate during the competition. There are numerous veteran teams in the regional competition, more »

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