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July 21: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Kick Off $7 Million Robotic Initiative To Boost Science, Tech Majors, July 23

Contact: Ken Walters / 412-268-1151 / walters1@andrew.cmu.edu

Media Advisory:
Carnegie Mellon To Kick Off $7 Million Robotic
Initiative To Boost Science, Tech Majors, July 23


What: Carnegie Mellon University will kick off a new four-year, $7 million educational initiative to leverage students' innate interest in robots to increase U.S. enrollments in computer science. The initiative, called Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE), is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and designed to reverse a significant national decline in the number of college students majoring in computer science, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. FIRE will target middle school and high school students with programs that leverage their interest in creating robots and videogame worlds.

Who: The event will feature Carnegie Mellon faculty discussing the initiative's various educational robotics projects, including programming tools that create game-like virtual worlds where robot programs can be tested, an animation competition, and computerized tutors that teach mathematics and computer science in the context of robotics. DARPA representatives and the initiative's regional partners, including the Girl Scouts, The Boys and Girls Clubs, the YWCA, and local schools will be in attendance. Gregg Behr of the Grable Foundation, which is helping to support the initiative, will be the keynote speaker.

When: 1 p.m., Friday, July 23

Where: National Robotics Engineering Center, 10 40th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Contact: For more information, please contact Ken Walters, walters1@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-1151.

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