Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE)
The Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE) project focused on reversing the significant national decline in the number of college students majoring in computer science, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It involved developing materials focused on two areas of computer science: algorithms and computational linguistics.
The initial goal of the project was to create unplugged materials such as puzzles solvable with pencil and paper, which do not require programming. The researchers then followed that by producing short articles, illustrations, and video clips to help students learn about algorithms and linguistics. These materials were provided online and integrated related activities into the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotic competitions.
Start date: 6/23/2010
End date: 7/1/2013
Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration, Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA): $70,000
DARPA is a United States Department of Defense agency responsible for the development of new technologies designed for military use. The organization sponsors revolutionary, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use.