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Brown IEEE Hosts Third Annual Robotics Olympiad

On Saturday, April 12 the Brown University chapter of IEEE hosted the third annual Brown Robotics Olympiad (BRO) at Barus and Holley. The BRO is an intercollegiate, micro-mouse style robotics competition. Students form teams of 3-8 people and, over the course of an academic year, design and construct a robot able to autonomously navigate and solve a 16-by-16 square maze. This year, four Brown teams competed against eight teams from six other schools, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale in the full-day competition.


Bruno Takes a Selfie

Brown engineering team wins two awards at CANSTRUCTION competition

Bruno Takes a Selfie:

Eight Brown University engineering student used approximately 2500 cans to build a Brown Bear taking a selfie and won two awards. It was all part of the CANSTRUCTION competition organized by the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and held at the Structures Congress in Boston on April 3-5. This is a competition where students have to create a structure using canned food.


New Steel Research

A New Twist for Better Steel

Greater strength without loss of ductility:
In steelmaking, two desirable qualities — strength and ductility — vary indirectly: Stronger steel is less ductile, and more ductile steel is not as strong. Engineers at Brown University, three Chinese universities, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have shown that when cylinders of steel are twisted, the steel becomes stronger at the surface with ductility preserved at the core.


ROBOT BLOCK PARTY

Robots meet next-generation roboticists

Good morning and welcome to the future:
Students from elementary grades through high school — and their parents, the public, and elected officials — met working robots and roboticists on the basketball floor at Brown University on Saturday, April 5. They high-fived PR2, checked out Baxter, looked over robotic kayaks, and considered robotics as both a career and an eventual source of help for a variety of tasks.


THE 2014 SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE

Paxson visits Techstyle Haus construction site

Fit for a Sun King:
A team of Brown and RISD students is working to complete construction of a modular solar home by late April. That’s when they dismantle it, ship it to France, then reassemble it on the grounds of the Versailles Palace this summer for competition with 19 other international teams in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe. Brown President Christina Paxson visited the worksite on Wednesday, March 19.

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