Breaking news on the highschool robotics competition front:
On March 7th the "Nerd Herd", a robotics team of four young students from Sheepshead Bay, won New York City's FIRST Lego League Robotics Championship. This win qualified them to compete in the Robotics World Festival in Atlanta next month--the only problem, raising the necessary $7,000 needed for the trip.
Through various fund-raising, including bake sales, the team was only able to raise about $2,700. This inspiring story caught the eye of British vacuum cleaner exec James Dyson who felt "these kids represent the future of engineering".
This morning the James Dyson Foundation, which supports design, technology and engineering education, presented the "Nerd Herd" with a check for $5,000 live on Good Day New York.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.