Tom Flanigan

Florida A&M University's Gaither Gym was the scene of ferocious competition on Saturday (1/28). But instead of basketball, the game was a form of volleyball. And the competitors weren't human players, but sophisticated robots built by high school students.

Bill Eustace stands beside NFCC's FANUC robot

In the last few decades, technology has pushed blue collar jobs in the U.S. away from heavy industry and toward skilled trades.  North Florida Community College is hoping a new program will prepare its students for these jobs of the future.

It’s called the Automation and Production Technology program; the idea is to prepare students for manufacturing jobs that have become increasingly dependent on automatic and programmable technologies.  NFCC has focused on putting its students face-to-face with the same machines they’ll use professionally. 

Teenage Robot Makers Seek National Prize

Jan 6, 2014

Teenage Robot Makers Seek National Prize