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Using ROVs to Promote STEM in K-12 Education
Work with remote-operated vehicles (ROVs) teaches hydrodynamics, the engineering design process (EDP), problem solving, collaboration, and much more.

What Happens When a Robotics Class Starts the Year with No Robots?
A robotics kit fails to arrive before the school year is underway—so the instructor teaches some robotics basics without it.

Making Sailors ‘SAFFiR’—Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype
A two-legged, humanoid robot developed at Virginia Tech is helping the Office of Naval Research evaluate the application of unmanned systems in damage control and inspections aboard naval vessels.

Students Create Stunning Robotics Trophy
Students use scrap acrylic and LEDs to create a commemorative trophy.

Spark Plug Maintenance Activity Can Ignite Small Engine Mechanic Careers
Background on the work of small engine mechanics plus an activity that details spark plug maintenance commonly performed on internal combustion engines.

ITEEA Conference Preview—Building STEM Partnerships

Product Spotlight
A selection of excellent products to make your teaching efforts more effective.

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