XRP Robots Launch New Hampshire’s First-in-the Nation Education Initiative

An inspiring inaugural moment! New Hampshire launched its innovative robotics initiative to promote STEM education at Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies in Manchester, NH. Academy students enthusiastically participated in preparing for this event as they printed, built, and kitted 200 XRP robots, making them ready to ship to schools across the state. Governor Chris Sununu and New Hampshire Inventor Dean Kamen were among the guest speakers who met with the student robot makers and toured the printing facility at Manchester Community College.

As the Manchester Union Leader reported, this project is a brainchild of Dean Kamen’s DEKA Research & Development and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Initially implemented with the Spark Academy student program and additional printing at two New Hampshire community colleges, the initiative includes expanding 3D print farms across all seven community colleges in New Hampshire. 

The New Hampshire legislature’s project funding is remarkably efficient, with less than half a million dollars in state money. A highlight of the initiative is the cost-effectiveness of these robot kits. Priced at approximately $55 each, they are significantly more affordable than many conventional educational resources, a fact emphasized humorously by Kamen comparing them to the cost of seldom-used textbooks.

The state-wide initiative also includes access to training for teachers to explore using this technology in their lesson plans. Ten teachers had already signed up to attend a session at Manchester Community College before the official launch.

Governor Chris Sununu expressed his admiration for the project’s comprehensive nature, noting the unique aspect of students not only learning from these robots but also participating in their creation and distribution. This approach represents a vertical integration of learning, where every stage offers educational value.

New Hampshire’s robotics initiative is a beacon of innovation in STEM education. It demonstrates how hands-on learning, student involvement in production, and practical application of technology can profoundly impact education. This initiative offers a replicable model of how state-funded projects can revolutionize how we approach teaching and learning in the 21st century.

/https://www.unionleader.com/news/education/revving-interest-in-robots-one-classroom-at-a-time/article_0100ac08-c517-11ee-b515-777c1088578f.html?block_id=868819

XRP Starter Guides

Purchase XRP Kits

XRP IDE

An online code editor to program your XRP

Need Help?

The XRP discussion forums are a place to ask questions and offer help and advice. Learn from others and get the answers you’re looking for.

Sign up for updates from XRP team

Read More Articles

Robotics

The Future of Robotics

Impactful Missions & How Robots Will Transform our Lives Remember those clunky robots from old sci-fi movies? Forget them. Robotics has graduated from silver-screen fantasy

READ MORE »

Soccer Robot

Printing time requirement: 3 hoursBuilding time requirement: 25 minutes Materials: Objective: This tutorial will guide you through creating a Soccer robot using your XRP robot

READ MORE »

Dump Truck Robot

Printing time requirement: 4 hoursBuilding time requirement: 20 minutesMaterials: Objective: This tutorial will guide you through creating a dump truck robot using your XRP robot

READ MORE »

Front Loader Robot

This tutorial will guide you through creating a front loader robot using your XRP robot kit. Check out this fun video of a front loader robot playing a robot game. Printing time requirement: 3 hours
Building time requirement: 20 minutes

READ MORE »
Scroll to Top