An annual international STEM competition

Since 2000, the annual international RoboFest competition in Southfield, Michigan, is a festival of autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of science, technology, engineering, math and computer science. With more than 20,000 students from all over the world, students design, construct, and program robots giving them hands on experience.

SciTech Now Episode 324

In this episode of SciTech Now, creating an electromagnetic football; a conversation with the author of “The War on Science”; an app that helps people manage and invest money; a robotics summer camp; and why do squid release ink?

A robotics summer camp

At the mad science summer camp in San Antonio, Texas, kids are spending their summer vacations building robots. Up next, a look at what the next generation of robotics engineers has in store.

SciTech Now Episode 235

This week on SciTech Now, each and every one of us has a personal microbial cloud wafting around us — but what is it made of?; marine garbage patches are harming our ecosystem; how a popular video game is helping students engage with a variety of topics; and an underwater robotics program that teaches kids […]

SciTech Now Episode 227

We explore farming on an urban rooftop; Peter deMenocal, director of Columbia University’s Center for Climate and Life, explains the climate innovation gap; unwanted algae is threatening Florida waterways; and a robotic surgical system makes precise surgery faster and easier.

Are robots today in competition with surgeons?

In a world where the precision capabilities of robots are beginning to outpace human skill, cutting-edge technology is being transferred to the operating room. We bring you the story of da Vinci, a robotic surgical assistant that’s dexterity rivals that of the human hand.

Blended learning: the new normal

Nichole Dobo, education reporter for The Hechinger Report, talks to Hari Sreenivasan about an intermediate school in Brooklyn, New York, where blended learning is the new normal.

What we’re reading

What are this week’s most interesting stories in the world of science and tech? Here’s what we’ve come up with. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below. Scientists have just thawed a 12,400-year-old puppy found in Russian permafrost | Science Alert A now extinct breed of dog has been discovered in a remarkable […]