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Monday, March 14 • 9:30am - 10:30am
FIRST Robotics: Technically You're Changing the World

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Students say it’s “the hardest fun you will ever have.” Just like “real world” product development, building a competitive robot requires diverse science and engineering disciplines and kids all over the world are doing it! FIRST Robotics inspires elementary through high school students with challenging competitions that use science and engineering to grow teamwork, interpersonal skills, and community responsibility. Mimicking the competitive global economy, these international competitions feature complex, multi-disciplinary problems under extreme time pressure to teach the real skills needed by tomorrow’s geniuses. Our panel includes several humans and a few 5-foot-tall, 120-pound robots designed by teenage FIRST teams. Get the scoop on how supporting learning and competition programs develops the next generation of leadership. This panel includes experienced robot makers and mentors from Texas Instruments and National Instruments who can answer your questions and have you wishing you were still in school. The good news – you can still get involved!

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Joe Hershberger

Sr Software EngineerNational InstrumentsJoe Hershberger is a veteran of the FIRST Robotics Competition starting as a member of a team in high school in 1996, mentored a team in Oklahoma while in grad school at Oklahoma State, and just completed the 4th year mentoring a team in Austin... Read More →
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Tim Ousley

Sr EngineerNational InstrumentsTim Ousley is an engineer at National Instruments where he has worked on USB, 802.11, and 802.15.4 instruments. He originally decided to mentor a high school FIRST robotics team to get ideas on how to build a CNC. Now, two robots and a CNC later, he's... Read More →
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Brian Powell

Principal Field ArchitectNational InstrumentsBrian Powell is a photographer, musician, and robotics software developer based in Austin, Texas. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Austin Lyric Opera, and is also a founding member of Artists for Austin, an organization dedicated... Read More →

Eric VanWyk

Staff Software EngineerNational Instruments

Monday March 14, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Garden Inn, Sabine 500 North IH 35

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