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Intelitek Sponsors NH Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

New Hampshire Department of Education and Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF) Join Forces to announce the NH Cyber Robotics Coding Challenge.

Oct 17, Derry, NH – Intelitek are excited to announce co-sponsorship in the launch of the New Hampshire – Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (NH-CRCC). Open to all middle schools and high schools in New Hampshire, this virtual robotics competition gives  students the opportunity to experience coding and robotics first hand.
The NH-CRCC recognizes inclusiveness and diversity in STEM education, capitalizing on this opportunity and get as many students involved as possible.

“This event perfectly complements other work being done in NH to promote and support K-12 STEM education, including our Robotics Education initiative and our work to broaden participation in Engineering and Computer Science,” said Frank Edelblut, Commissioner. “We are excited to work with a NH-based company that is doing so much for K-12 education.”

“Robotics and coding is a pathway to industry in the 21st century,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek in Derry, NH. “The CRCC Competition, combined with the gaming like interface of CoderZ makes coding and robotics fun. We expect to see the New Hampshire students loving this new approach to learning math, science, technology and engineering and are proud to work with our local schools on this event.”

Schools can sign up all grades and the competition will kick off on October 30th with a Webinar / PD session.CRCC-NHPic-03

The main competitive event will be an online competition taking place during Computer Science Week (December 4-10). This will all culminate on December 19th with face-to-face finals to compete for the Governor’s Award and award ceremony for all category winners.
For school registration and additional information please visit: http://iscefoundation.org/nh-crcc


Bridging the gap between schools and enterprises

Cooperation between Huangpu District Development Zone accelerator, Intelitek and Guangdong Zhongzhu Robot Co., Ltd

September 27 –  The Intelitek “smart plant training system” was officially launched in Guangzhou Development Zone accelerator. The system is jointly developed by Guangdong Institute of Robotics and Guangdong Zhongzhu Robot Co., Ltd., and is also one of the key projects in Guangzhou in cooperation with intelligent equipment.

Link to original article in Chinese – http://www.hkcd.com/content/2017-09/27/content_1066427.html

It aims to solve the demand of talent in the IAB program problem. It is reported that the introduction of the “wisdom factory training system” has a complete industrial equipment, through the simulation of a set of automated production processes, flexible to carry out “training equipment, teaching courses and 3D simulation” trinity of mixed teaching mode, To help teachers to complete the true sense of the integration of teaching training objectives.

Using the Internet teaching platform, the use of e-learning programs to achieve custom learning management system structures and curriculum content delivery, so that students through the work of the situation set, continuous exercise learning. After working on the job, may be skilled in the operation of the robot, the rapid growth of intelligent manufacturing field of “knowledge + practice + innovation” advanced technology talent, has been in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Britain, Russia, France, South Korea, Japan More than 40 countries of the university, vocational college, secondary school to be applied.

According to Xu Qiang, head of China Guangdong Robot Co., Ltd., the training system has developed a training course which is in line with the domestic automated production process, and with the South China University of Technology, Guangzhou Panyu Vocational and Technical College, Guangzhou Railway Vocational and Technical College, Guangzhou Engineering Vocational and Technical College and the Guangzhou Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Technician and other institutions to discuss the curriculum cooperation matters.

Next, the two sides will also jointly introduce Intelitek in the automotive manufacturing, industrial maintenance, STEM education and other areas for training system.

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Source: Hong Kong Business Network
[Hong Kong Commercial Daily Reuters report]


Intelitek to be Featured on Innovations with Ed Bagley Jr.

Business series explores the latest advances in technology

Derry, New Hampshire, August 11th, 2017 — Intelitek announced today they will be featured in the upcoming airing of the Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. produced by DMG Production.
The show is scheduled to broadcast on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 4:30pET via Fox Business.

This episode will explore three new technology vendors including Intelitek, Matrix Payment and GlobeChat.

In this episode of Innovations, the show will present Intelitek, an organization dedicated to transforming education across the globe through comprehensive technology learning solutions. Viewers will learn how their innovative tools and technologies empower instructors and inspire students to improve the world around them.

“Over the past century, advancements in technology have dramatically changed the way we live our daily lives, creating an environment where the possibilities are endless,” said Michael Devine, Senior Producer for the series. “We look forward to exploring how technology is expanding our world.”

“Intelitek is a pioneer in STEM education for middle and high school age kids,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “Our new Coderz solution (pronounced Coder-zee) teaches coding to students on all levels using simulated and real robots to complete fun challenges”

Coderz is an online teaching solution that uses guided learning to teach programming skills and the fundamentals of coding to beginners and advanced programmers. Using simulations to provide a scalable and affordable solutions, educators can run classes and competitions in class for large student groups and then download the outcome to real robots. For more about Coderz, go to www.gocoderz.com

About Intelitek
Intelitek transforms education across the globe through comprehensive technology learning solutions. Our learning programs for STEM and Advanced Technology empower instructors and inspire students while teaching career readiness and in-demand job skills. Intelitek understand the changing needs of career and technology classrooms and design flexible solutions that meet those needs within the framework of any budget. Combined with sustainable support and professional development, Intelitek are producing results for students, teachers, nations and economies.

About Innovations & DMG Productions:
Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr. and produced by DMG Production, is an information-based series geared toward educating the public on the latest breakthroughs in all areas of society. Featuring practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike, Innovations focuses on cutting-edge advancements in everything from health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more.

For more information, visit: www.InnovationsTelevision.com or www.intelitek.com


Intelitek Celebrates 26 Years of Partnership with SkillsUSA National Competition

SkillsUSA Intelitek PartnerAnother year and with even more excitement, Intelitek will once again play a major role in sponsoring the SkillsUSA National Competition by arranging and running three key competitions.  Intelitek has been supporting SkillsUSA since 1991 and we are so proud to continue our commitment to growing the skills of America’s youth and workforce to meet the demands of the changing work environment.

In 1991, Automated Manufacturing Technology and Robotics and Automatic Technology competitions probably had a different feel than in 2016, but we are sure the challenges and competitive spirit have remained the same. Since then we also added Mobile Robotics Technology to the competitions we arrange and Intelitek will have a team of people and a lot of equipment involved in arranging, setting up, running and judging the events. We look forward to seeing another batch of eager participants.

This year the competitions have evolved again and we will combine planning, programming, simulation and real-world implementation phases into the process. Intelitek and our event partners will provide the teams with all the components, software, materials and machinery required.

Robotics automation technology Intelitek SkillsUSA
As a company and as a team we challenge ourselves every day to advance our Teaching Solutions and when we arrive in Louisville, seeing the investment from the organizers and teams and the dedication of the participants is what drives us. SkillsUSA inspires our team to come back next year with even more vigor and newer ideas.

About SkillsUSA:
SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

To learn more about the full line of education programs from Intelitek, visit www.intelitek.com

Check out these videos for more info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eFIQzyuQzw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeNr3ayKCvY&list=PL-TfMGNdYKa7Fgp6gzFnoyemie0YUfpDn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmyFMYaMqQ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3gWlb-tI9c

Interested in more details – Contact Us if you have questions about the competition.
AMT – Jeff Stone
RAT – Bryant Abbot
MRT – Trevor Pope

Purdue College of Technology Enhances Curriculum with Competition

Extra-curricular robotics challenge enhances cross-disciplinary curriculum at Purdue University

Purdue Kokomo

What happens when you take a little inspiration mixed with some competitive challenge, add some vendor support, then toss in some motivated students? It’s a recipe for success in engineering programs as proven by Purdue College of Technology Kokomo. What started off as an extra-curricular robotics challenge has evolved into a full-blown multidisciplinary engineering course that will debut this fall.

A Challenge for Faculty and Students

The seeds of this initiative were planted when members of Purdue Kokomo attended an ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) conference. A demo at the conference gave the faculty the idea to design a student activity based on a robotics football contest.

They discussed the idea with Paul Copioli, President of VEX. Realizing the potential of the idea, VEX contributed a variety of Vex parts to help initiate the project. Thus the challenge was issued between Purdue College of Technology Kokomo and University of Notre Dame to design and build a team of football-playing robots and compete in an NFL style “combine”.

The combine would test specific robotic “skills” by means of individual events, testing the robot speed, agility, strength and robustness. The skill events would be followed by the teams competing in a scrimmage designed after American football.

The challenge appealed to students on various degree pathways, including Computer and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

The challenge would be achieved using the VEX robotics platform and EasyC programming software as tools. Students held weekly meetings to discuss designs. They were required to develop design specifications and justifications for the design they chose. After a couple of months of training and design meetings, the students completed a working prototype.

Purdue Kokomo Football Prototype

Game Day

The big event was held at the University of Notre Dame’s Joyce Center in April 2014. Five teams participated: Purdue-Kokomo, The U.S. Naval Academy, University of Notre Dame, Purdue-Calumet, and Purdue-South Bend.

Purdue Kokomo Football Combine

Purdue-Kokomo won both the speed and the agility tests, while Navy won the strength test. The scrimmage featured Purdue-Kokomo and Navy teamed up against Notre Dame, with the Kokomo/Navy team defeating Notre Dame 14-0.

Purdue Kokomo Football Speedtest

Read the game story at Purdue website!

A Course is Born

The real winners resulting from the event were the current and future students at Purdue. Since this extracurricular activity was so successful, it has given birth to an entirely new class: “Design of Robotic Systems”. This class will help prepare students for the activity by covering the design principles involved. Topics will include designing mobile robots to accomplish specified performance objectives, developing robotic subsystems, and robotic programming. Throughout the course, students learn the system development process, including planning, documentation, prototyping, testing, and analysis.

The course will be taught by faculty from all four academic areas and will be offered in fall of 2014. This is an excellent example of the value of extra-curricular activities in motivating students and enabling them to take ownership of their educational experience.



Mike Rowe and Mobile Robotics at SkillsUSA!

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SkillsUSA is calling this years National Leadership and Skills Conference the best ever – and we would have to agree!

This year, Intelitek’s Automated Manufacturing Technology contest was made a closer replication of the industrial environment. Teams created virtual parts with our CNCMotion software before moving on to the hands-on production with our ProMill 8000. This modification to the contest received great feedback from the competitors and advisors.

The Robotics and Automation contest also ran smoothly again this year with the Puerto Rico team earning the High School Gold Medal and North Arkansas College earning the Post Secondary Championship.

At the Mobile Robotics field, we received a terrific surprise when Mike Rowe, a perennial supporter of CTE and SkillsUSA (also of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” fame), visited the Mobile Robotics competition!

Trevor Pope, Intelitek’s Product Manager and Mobile Robotics competition committee member spent over an hour with Mr. Rowe in the Mobile Robotics contest area showing him what we do. Along with help from RECF, we built him a robot and created a mini competition against the Massachusetts team, which uses EasyC. Mike named the robot “Micro / Macro” and autographed the shielding.
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Best yet, Intelitek will be featured on Mike Rowe’s new CNN show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It“! The program is expected to air on CNN in October. This will provide extensive publicity to Intelitek’s REC program and EasyC on a national news network!

Working with Mr. Rowe at SkillUSA was great fun, and were glad to be a part of the work he does in creating awareness of the awesome opportunities that exist for students in career and technology education!
See our Facebook page for more pictures!


VEX Skyrise – Lessons from Team 1103!

VEX Round Up Champion Team 1103 – Compound Chain Lifting Mechanism

With the release of the 2014 VEX SkyRise challenge , mechanisms and strategies for lifting are a hot topic among potential competitors! We have fielded many inquiries about the lifting mechanism from Team 1103’s robot which won the 2010 championship. 1103 is one of the most successful VEX robot designs and lifting mechanisms ever created! No doubt there are some excellent lessons and principles in the design of the 1103 robot that could apply to Skyrise.

Vex Team 1103 robot

Team 1103 is a rarity – a one man team. Joshua Wade – whom we interviewed in 2011 – is the sole team member. Team 1103 has won several regional contests and awards including the 2010 VEX robotics Programming Skills Challenge World Champion and the 2011 Vex Robotics National Champion for the 2010-2011 Round Up season.

Design

The 1103 robot uses a compound chained linear slide lifting mechanism reaching 40″ high. The base of the claw lifts to 23″ off the ground. Principles of this lifting design as well as other lifting concepts are available in Intelitek’s Robotics Engineering Curriculum (REC 2 Unit 11 – Lift Systems).

The purely vertical multiple-stage lift uses 17.5″ slides cut to 15″ and operates using a total of six 269 motors coupled in three sets of two motors. Each motor is linked to a single output shaft with a 1:1 ratio.
REC 1 Unit 3 – Gears and Gear Trains explains the physics principles involved in designing gears and gear trains. The output gearing is reduced with 2 sets of 1-1.5 reductions using 12, 18 and 24-toothed cogs. These motors and gears provide enough power to lift the entire robot off the ground.

VEX Team 1103 robot lift mechanism

1103 motors, cogs and chain drive

Programming

The exceptional programming was performed using Intelitek’s EasyC V4 for Cortex programming software. The intuitive environment of EasyC allows users to quickly learn skills needed to become an advanced programmer.

The 1103 robot program utilizes PID control giving the ability to hold the lifting mechanism using feedback from a quadrature encoder and limit switch which control the position of the lift. Wade wrote the program using the easyC sample file “PID Interrupt Service Routine” modified for the quadrature encoder. PID control loops hold the arm position at six different increments giving the operator quick and easy points to maintain elevation of the arm and hold the ring pick up position. This delivers the ability to score (and de-score) on both the floor weeble goals and wall goal posts, offering excellent application for the Skyrise challenge!

Team 1103 is a great example of the unlimited potential students have when engaged and motivated by their educational environment. The success shows that competitive robotics is the means of providing that environment for many more students.

You can check out the 1103 robot in person at our upcoming events, including the SkillsUSA National Championship June 25th and 26th in Kansas City, Mo!

Get your free trial! A full-featured 7-day trial of easyC V4 for Cortex is available here!

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High School Program fills Industry Need for Skilled Graduates

SUNY Adirondack

Adirondack Community College, part of State University of New York (SUNY), and WSWHE BOCES (Washington-Saratoga- Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services) have teamed up in an innovative program to prepare students to be career- and college-ready.

A robust college experience for high school students

The Early College High School Program, part of a public-private partnership, takes a new approach to dual-enrollment. Instead of offering college-credit programs at their own high school campus, students are bussed to SUNY Adirondack’s college campus for a half-day of courses co-taught by SUNY professors and the WSWHE BOCES high school CTE instructor.

SUNY Adirondack and WSWHE

This first-in-the-nation strategy delivers a robust college experience for high school students, with the goal of bolstering their skills and credentials upon graduation. Available starting in the junior year for students who pass the placement exam, participants can earn 7 credits
each semester, up to 24 college credits by the end of the 2-year program.

Multiple pathways to success

The program provides multiple pathways to success for students. For students seeking direct-to-workforce employment, four industry certifications are available. The dual-enrollment credits also seamlessly integrate into Adirondack’s Electrical Technology
Associates degree program. Credits also transfer to any 2- or 4-year degree program.
SUNY Adirondack WSWHE student

Project-based learning prepares students for industry certification

Project-based learning is the backbone of this program, featuring hands-on activities with industrial-level manufacturing equipment. Intelitek, a global developer of career and technology training systems specializing in advanced manufacturing, provided curriculum for the program. Students can access online curriculum through an e-learning platform that guides them through projects using the classroom hardware in topics like CAD, precision measurement, mechanical systems and electrical systems.

“Intelitek courses provide excellent exam prep for the MSSC assessments”

The relevant curriculum helps connect students to relevant skills needed in the workforce, thus helping to meet the program’s goal to connect the skills taught in the classroom with the needs of employers. To validate these skills, students also have the opportunity to earn industry certifications throughout the course. At the end of semester 1, students can take the MSSC Safety assessment; semester 2 leads to the Quality Practices & Measurement certification; Semester 3 -Manufacturing Processes & Production; and semester 4 prepares students for the Maintenance Awareness assessment.

“The Intelitek courses provide excellent exam prep for the MSSC assessments.” says Gage Simpson, Career and Technology Instructor for the WSHWE BOCES. In order to teach the courses, Simpson needed to pass the same assessments.
SUNY Adirondack WSWHE student

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher praised Early College High School’s “innovative program that connects high school, college and the world of work, all aligned through a single challenging curriculum that keeps students focused, engaged and excited.” Such a collaboration between industry and education can serve as a model for success.
SUNY Adirondack WSWHE student



Intelitek FMS stands alone at GESS in Dubai

GESS Show 2014 in Dubai World Trade Center

FMS at GESS 2014

Earlier in March we attended GESS (Gulf Educational Supplies and Solutions) show at the Dubai World Trade Centre. We featured our modular Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) for its ability to meet a wide range of academic requirements and budgets. At the show, we displayed our FMS system with SCORBOT-ER9 Pro educational robot and CNC BenchMill 6000 Milling Center machine. The system came with a table, parts feeder and Open FMS software that provide a comprehensive solution for the study and practice of FMS methods and operations.

The successful installation drew many people to the booth. This was the first time our FMS system was exhibited outside the USA and it was the only FMS in the show. For many it was the first time they saw the BenchMill 6000 in action.

From the intense interest we received in this system, we have a renewed appreciation for the global demand for training solutions that can deliver manufacturing skills!


The Matlab Toolbox for the Intelitek Scorbot (MTIS)

An open-source solution for robust integration of the SCORBOT-ER 4u in MATLAB development environments

Intelitek’s SCORBOT line of robots has dominated the educational scene for the past two decades. These versatile articulated robot manipulators for education include the intuitive SCORBASE programming environment. The ability to enable control in any programming language provides advantages, especially in post-secondary settings.

Visit the developers page to learn about and download the MTIS Toolbox!

To that end, Professors Joel Esposito, Carl Wick and Ken Knowles at the United States Naval Academy Systems Engineering Department’s RaVision Group recently developed the MATLAB Toolbox for the Intelitek SCORBOT (MTIS). This open-source toolbox enables user to control the SCORBOT directly using MATLAB®, a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming used by millions of engineers in both industry and education.

A new study presents in-depth research and findings of the development and usage of the MTIS. The article describes the development process and the toolbox’s features, detailing how the toolbox was beta tested in an introductory robotics class and tested for capability with various projects.

The research included three benchmark tests to compare the old SCORBOT serial interface with new USB interface:

    • Encoder readings: the mean time was observed to measure the joint angles across 1000 trials.
    • Movement time: the mean time was recorded to execute 10cm vertical motion with a desired movement time of 1 second, averaged across 60 moves.
    • Sequences of motions: 100 random motion commands were sent to the SCORBOT and the number of missed commands were recorded (note: unlike with the older RS232 interface, there we no missed motions with the ER 4U).

Below: 3 projects highlighted in the study: Towers of Hanoi Puzzle, Defusing and IED, and Cup Crushing.

MATLAB SCORBOT projects

At the end of a semester-long class, students were asked to rate ease of use and stability of the toolbox. For ease of use, the majority rated “easy” on a scale of “very easy,” “easy,” “moderate,” and “hard.” For stability, the majority responded that the SCORBOT was “rock solid” or “stable after bug fixes.”

Excellent projects have been completed using the MTIS, like the example below:


See more projects completed with the MTIS on YouTube!

Ultimately, it was confirmed that the Intelitek SCORBOT-ER 4U could be successfully incorporated into the environment of the MATLAB toolbox. The toolbox can handle the low-level interfacing, allowing instructors with little expertise to integrate the SCORBOT-ER 4u into robust lab exercises. Being open-source, this capability is available to any MATLAB-licensed facility. This opens a whole new door to opportunities for post-secondary students interested in science and engineering, with market leading, widely available development environment like MATLAB.

Have an example of a MATLAB integrated SCORBOT project? Let us know – we’d love to show it off!


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