Interim President Wole Soboyejo with Gambian Ambassador Muhammadou M.O. Kah and Team Gambia

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XRP bots have platforms that are simple, inexpensive, easy to build, and can be programmed just like more expensive bots; They also come with built-in tutorial and software support, and are designed to work independently, perform basic tasks, navigate on their own, sense distance, and interact with their environment. Tool-free assembly in XRP allows for fast construction, and parts can be easily replaced with a 3D printer. When they come to market next year, they will measure 7 x 5 inches, weigh less than a pound — the size of a box of chocolates — and cost less than $50. With groups, educators and students can also access free online courses, created and supported by WPI, on how to build, program, and control a robot, which they can scale using the same hardware with free software updates.

“Based on the very positive feedback we received here in Geneva, we know that STEM educators, mentors, and coaches recognize the potential that XRP pools have to expose young people to STEM and the power it unleashes within them,” the Interim President said. Winston “Wall” Subwego. “XRP’s global appeal is important because we cannot solve the world’s major problems without a diversity of STEM professionals with different visions and expertise working together. WPI and long term partners in DEKA XRP was created to address this critical diversity gap. XRP will help address the lack of access to hands-on STEM education opportunities among the less affluent population, thus expanding and filling the global STEM education pipeline so that we can spark more imaginations and ignite more fires of curiosity that will help with the important work of meet global needs.

XRP Bots Idea From the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic When WPI students suddenly switched to distance learning in Spring 2020 and first Necessary to keep competitive bot teams working together on various entries. Both WPI and first There is a need to learn how to make remote students small, relatively inexpensive robots to work on to gain hands-on experience. Eventually, WPI incorporated a commercially available bot kit that students could purchase and build at home into its curriculum. Then a similar version was used in first Bot competitions – those that were able to use the WPILib software, created by the WPILib software development team first In 2009. From there, WPI and DEKA collaborators created XRP with the support of NSF through Engineering for Us All (E4USA).

“Exposing and sharing XRP with the teams and their mentors was a validation experience,” said Brad Miller. “A lot of thought and thought went into creating every aspect of that platform, and what we heard was like a collective sigh of relief. This is like nothing else out there, and you can’t go online to order something similar at this price point. We heard expressions of gratitude and requests for speed. It was People are telling us they need thousands more of these products — and fast, and that’s surprising only in terms of scale; we knew educators and mentors wanted an affordable, high-quality STEM education tool, but we didn’t realize how much.”

While the initial XRP bots were produced using 3D printers, large-scale manufacturing will be required to meet the demand. In the coming weeks, WPI and DEKA will finalize the details and work through the logistics with the goal of producing a large number of XRPs by April 2023 in time for first championship.

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