International robotics competition now underway
The organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) aims to introduce kids to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field in an engaging way. The U.S. FIRST robotics competition, which is now underway in St. Louis, aims to facilitate the sharing of ideas among kids in the STEM field.
The organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is hosting their 25th robotics competition in an effort to promote and encourage science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) to school-age students. The 2014 U.S. FIRST robotics competition is taking place April 23-26, at the Edward James Dome. Organizers expect more than 400 robots created by as many as 12,000 students from 38 countries as they compete for college scholarships, according to a U.S. FIRST press release.
Middle- and high-school students will compete with team-designed robots in aerial, technical, and electrical disciplines. Elementary- and middle-school students will present projects based on earth's natural disasters and possible solutions.
The closing ceremonies and awards will take place on Saturday, April 26. The event is free, and a detailed schedule is available here.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.