The 10th season of the Rhode Island FIRST Tech Challenge (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) hosted by New England Institute of Technology(NEIT) is underway. NEIT is looking for technical professionals, educators, parents and all others interested in volunteering. Each season approximately 45 R.I. middle and high school robotic teams design, build and compete in the RI FIRST Tech Challenge.
We need you!
Adult volunteers are assigned key roles to keep the qualifiers and tournament on track. No need to be an expert in robotics or engineering, just a willingness to support our R.I. students in their interest in technology.
Volunteer at a Qualifier!
Teams in R.I. advance to the state tournament by participating in a qualifying tournament. The dates for the qualifiers are 11/14, 12/5, 12/19and 1/9/16. Qualifiers run from 7:30 am until 4 pm. The work is fun and lunch is provided!
Volunteer at the State Tournament!
32 R.I. FTC teams will advance to the RI State Tournament out of 48 teams. The R.I. State Tournament is a held on 1/30/16 with set-up and prep on 1/29/16. Volunteers for State Tournament must have volunteered at one qualifying tournaments.
Hurry! Register with FIRST!
If you are interested in joining in the FIRST fun, you must register as a volunteer through the FIRST system. This information will be sent directly to the RI FIRST Affiliate Partner, Erin Flynn. https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_login.aspx
Erin Flynn, RI FIRST Affiliate Partner at New England Institute of Technology 800-736-7744 ext. 3462 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Steps to register with the FIRST VIMS Volunteer Program
- Go to the Volunteer Information Matching System (VIMS) – https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_login.aspx
- Create an account
- Apply to an event
- From Left Hand Navigation, click “Volunteer Role Applications”
- Click the button that says “Apply for an Event”
- Select “FTC”
- Select State/Province – “Rhode Island”
- Press “Find Event”
- You will find the qualifier dates of 11/14, 12/5, 12/19 and 1/9 as well as the 1/29-30 state tournament date listed.
- Select the event and fill out the application.
- Select roles in preference order you would like to apply to (1 being most preferred)
- Select days you are able to volunteer.
- Remember to add additional comments if you have specific restrictions on your time
- Click “Submit”
- You will be returned to the “Volunteer Role Applications” page.
- Repeat steps 3-5 to apply to multiple events.
Attached are in the instructions that can be found on the website as well. They provide screenshots of each of these steps.
3D Printing continues to prove to be very versatile with many, many uses. But 3D printing body parts is likely the most amazing thing I’ve heard about.
3D printing seems to be finding a niche in medicine. The latest feat: Two weeks ago, doctors implanted a 3D-printed titanium sternum and ribs into a patient in Spain. According to CNET, he’s doing well.
The patient is suffering from a form of cancer that formed tumors in his chest cavity. To get rid of them, doctors at Salamanca University Hospital needed to cut out a section of his ribs, along with his breastplate. Often, doctors would replace the ribcage with a flat piece of titanium—which can actually loosen over time—but 3D printing allows for a more customized implant. The team at Salamanca took CT scans of the patient’s ribcage and used those images both to show surgeons exactly where to cut, and to create a 3D model to print replacement parts.
The team contracted Anatomics, an Australian medical company, to figure out how to print the file. Anatomics sent the 3D files to the Australian government’s3D-printing lab at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The lab’s printer prints by using a high-powered electron beam to melt metal powder into layers. The result was a titanium object that looks less like ribs and more like something you’d see in a car’s engine, and fit perfectly into the patient’s ribcage.
Beyond being able to create truly personalized solutions to medical problems, 3D printing allows doctors to rapidly prototype ideas. In the US, doctors are using 3D printing to produce models for doctors to inspect and figure out the best plan for surgeries, without any invasive biopsies needed. Researchers are also working on 3D-printed tissue implants, but those haven’t been approved for use in humans yet. 3D printing, however, has started to make some regulatory inroads in the US. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first 3D-printed drug for consumption, and the FDA is researching more safe ways to bring the technology into the human body.
3D printing, especially in medicine, is still in its infancy. The Salamanca team’s achievement may well pave the way for more 3D-printed parts in humans, and perhaps America’s obsession with elective cosmetic surgery may one day extend to 3D-printed improvements. Hopefully no-one tells the Canadian government.
To learn how you can get started learning about 3D printing, contact Admissions by phone at 401-467-7744 ext. 3357 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.
At New England Tech, we’ve always had labs and classrooms with the newest, most up-to-date technologies. Starting in 2017, we’ll have a new residence hall to go with them.
On September 12th, Rhode Island FIRST Robotics held their Kick Off event on our East Greenwich campus. During the event this years theme was announced, which is Res-Q.
Special thanks go out to Erin Foster and Steve Pothier from the Robotics Welding Division of Electric Boat. Erin and Steve spoke to the RI FTC teams on the role that robotics plays at Electric Boat.
To request additional information about FIRST Robotics contact Erin Flynn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Professor, David Johnson (DJ) took his Video Game Design and Development (VGDD) class to the Boston Festival of Indie Games on September 12th. VGDD Senior Project – The “Nu” Class (14th greek letter) had to present their capstone games at the festival which was held on the MIT campus in Cambridge. New England Tech’s four teams rotated through the booth during the six-hour event with the goal of trying to get 100 players and user feedback.
Team One had a multiplayer “capture the flag” game called Block Island Bots.
Team Two featured a mobile device game called ”Human Cannonball” The objective of this game was to dodge mid-air obstacles and capture coins.
Team Three presented Grand Techno Rush, a racing game with an interesting musical effect.
Team Four offered a dark stealth game called Agent Scorpion. The event gives each team the experience of crafting release quality games for a rabid player audience.
About the Boston Festival of Indie Games ( www.bostonfig.com )
The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England and neighboring regions. The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing an inclusive, safe, family-friendly event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, from video games to tabletop games and beyond. The Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and development interests in game play.
If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Video Game Design and Game Development & Simulation Programming.
Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu
NEIT Alumni Association Sponsored Events
Small Business Workshop
Contact Joan Segerson, Director of Development/Alumni Relations for more information at 401-739-5000, ext 3704 or email@example.com.
Automotive Career Open House, Wednesday September 23, 2015, 3:00-6:00 pm
Criminal Justice Open House, Thursday, September 24, 2015, 1:00-5:00 pm
EAST GREENWICH, RI – Individuals interested in learning more about New England Institute of Technology’s (NEIT) Automotive and Criminal Justice Technology programs are invited to attend its upcoming open houses. Tours of the innovative, hands-on labs and classrooms will be conducted. Faculty, students, graduates, as well as Admissions, Financial Aid and Career Services representatives will be on hand to answer questions.
The Automotive Career Open House will be held at the college’s Warwick, Rhode Island campus located at 101 Access Road. NEIT offers Associate in Science degree programs that include Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, and Auto Body/Collision Repair as well as a Bachelor of Science degree program in Automotive Service Management. Individuals will hear about the exciting career opportunities within the automotive industry and NEIT’s hands-on approach to learning. The college’s NEW Automotive Scholarships will also be revealed.
To RSVP to the Automotive Career Open House, please visit www.neit.edu/AutoCareer
The Criminal Justice Open House will be held at NEIT’s Warwick, Rhode Island campus at 65 Access Road. The college offers Associate in Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Criminal Justice Technology. In March, 2015, NEIT launched its flexible Criminal Justice Hybrid Bachelor of Science degree program designed for busy working professionals. This new hybrid program offers fully on-line courses while combining on-line activities with face-to-face classroom and lab experiences.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty to learn about the various Criminal Justice Technology programs and to tour the college’s unique forensics and criminal justice facilities.
To RSVP to the Criminal Justice Open House, please visit www.neit.edu/cj or call the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. To learn more about New England Tech’s Criminal Justice programs, visit www.neit.edu.
Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Since 1940, New England Tech has provided employer driven education to its students through more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and on-line degree programs.
New England Tech graduate, Iyaz released his latest single #Alive.
“Alive” Featuring Nash of HOT CHELLE RAE; and he is set To Perform On THE TODAY SHOW September 28th.
Multi-Platinum, singer-songwriter IYAZ – best known for his smash hit “Replay”,which was featured as part of an iPod campaign, sold a staggering 15-million singles, and climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – has staged his comeback and has launched it with his first official single in four years. IYAZ has released the lyric video for “Alive” featuring Nash of Hot Chelle Rae and has announced that he’ll be performing the track for the first time on The TODAY Show,September 28th. This also marks the singer’s first TV performance in four years.
With inventive re-imaginings of the reggae-splashed, hook-heavy Pop/R&B, that artists like Rihanna, Omi, Nicki Minaj, and MAGIC! have made popular, Virgin Islands born IYAZ quickly built a huge cult following. Known for infectious melodies and incredibly catchy hooks, IYAZ has spent the last four years honing his craft as a songwriter and vocalist, as well as exploring his true sound and collaborating with artists like Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Travie McCoy, FloRida, Big Time Rush, David Guetta, Sean Kingston, Akon, Rick Ross, Charice, New Boyz, and more.
IYAZ’s songwriting style is timeless and universal. He’s a storyteller who paints visual scenarios that tug at the listener’s heart-strings. Every lyric he writes is handcrafted to relate and connect to the listener. He does this with clean lyrics, devoid of curse words and negative themes. Instead, the 26-year-old artist makes uplifting reggae-infused Pop/R&B melodies. With more confidence than ever and without the constraints of major label supervision, IYAZ is free to take artistic chances, while maintaining his innate ability to produce sing-able, accessible, great pop-tunes – which is evident on “Alive”.
IYAZ first broke onto the scene in 2010 after being discovered on his Myspace page by Sean Kingston and getting signed to label Beluga Heights, whose roster also included Jason Derulo. IYAZ went on to co-write “Replay” with label-mate Derulo, and the rest is history. “Replay” became one of the biggest songs of the summer, going six-times platinum. IYAZ followed the smash up with a double platinum hit (“Solo”) and two gold-certified songs (“Pretty Girls” with Travie McCoy and “So Big”), as well as sold-out gigs spanning the globe on major tours such as Justin Bieber’s “My World Tour”, London’s T4 Festival, andWango Tango.
“Alive” featuring Nash of Hot Chelle Rae is available now on iTunes.