…Q. Why are you starting a robotics program for kids?
A.Â At MAKO, we had over 100 engineers and were doing all these H1 Visas. It didnâ€™t make sense to me why there werenâ€™t more American engineers coming out from the education system that can contribute directly. I started working with a lot of the schools and universities here. For the United States to continue to be strong, we need more engineers to innovate. The data were showing where you can have the largest impact on influencing directionally is to get more middle school students excited about engineering. Weâ€™ve supported various efforts over the last five years in inner-city schools. It has been rewarding, but I felt we werenâ€™t moving fast enough and struggled with how to measure success and how to scale. So this year we took on a different approach.
We brought in experts in various disciplines and embarked on a one-year pilot to take the concept to the next level. So we put together a really unique curriculum where we brought in a Stanford University professor, Ken Salisbury, and the kids got a virtual tour of one of the best biorobotics labs in the world. We had them build robotic arms, similar to what we did at MAKO, and we had a whole curriculum around anatomy and physiology. Once they built it, we showed them how these are being used, we brought them to Larkin Hospital, where they met a renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Lavernia. They saw how the robotics arms were being used in medicine. We brought them to the Stryker-MAKO facility, where they met engineers, including engineers that came out of their neighborhoods and are great role models. What really got them excited was a visit from One Laptop Per Childâ€™s CEO Rodrigo Arboleda. His research has shown that when you give a laptop, the logical thing to do is build things on it, and the process develops kidsâ€™ creative thinking.
Now we are looking at how we can implement this within schools starting in South Florida. We are bringing into the process art and creativity, we had Pharrell talk to these kids. We are going to follow and mentor these 20 kids for the next few years and bring in more kids. Weâ€™ll see where this goes, but we are very excited about it. We had a staff of 15 people working on this project over the summer with all the right disciplines in place.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/24/4304536/qa-with-maurice-ferre-whats-next.html#storylink=cpy
This year, TEDxMiamiâ€™sÂ fourth annual Fall ConferenceÂ celebrates the power of innovation and different viewpoints which innovators bring to longstanding problems. Our speakers will provoke you to Live Differently, Work Differently, Play Differently, Learn Differently, and most importantly, toÂ Be the Difference.
Be part of a catalyst moment for Miami
With more speaking applications received than ever before, Miami is certainly bursting at the seams with innovative and disruptive ideas. With the platform set, we can help take theseÂ ideas worth spreadingÂ and continue supporting them to the next level. Â Join us for a night of connection, inspiration and action!
The networking reception is at the Knight Concert Hall Lobby from 6-7pm. Doors to the auditorium open at 6:30pm. Concessions are available throughout the evening however, food is not allowed in the auditorium. Mingle with attendees at the after-party immediately following the event in the lobby.
Speaker Line-Up (revealed thus far)
Rodrigo ArboledaÂ â€“ One Laptop per Child, Revisited
Risa BerrinÂ â€“ Health Information Project
Richard WeinerÂ â€“ The Virtues of Gossip
Anabelle K. PaulinoÂ â€“ A Modern Twist on an Ancient Memory Technique
John E. Lewis, Ph.DÂ â€“ A Solution for Your Health Care is Ringing. Will You Answer the Call?
Fernando FabreÂ â€“ Creating An (Entrepreneurial) Mafia
Frankie RuizÂ â€“ Running to Join a Miami Movement
Rodrigo Arboleda is the CEO of One Laptop Per Child Association, an organization that has distributed 2.7 million XO computers around the world, and which just marked a milestone in Colombia with the delivery of 11,000 laptops to children in public schools in ItagÃ¼Ã. He has also just been honored in Miami as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in that city. A specialÂ Colombian Â man.
Photo – La Semana.com Colombia
Translation from a post in REVISTA SEMANA of Colombia, the most prestigious magazine of the country.
The University of Miami’s Butler Center for Service and Leadership held an event this past weekÂ called “Canes for a Change”, the event is a week held annually in September where students areÂ introduced to the ideas of volunteerism and leadership.
This year, several OLPC Miami volunteers:
Adriana Gonzalez; Yizhou Mao; and Lindsay Acton, took the initiative to set up a table on behalf ofÂ OLPC to inform local students about the work OLPC is doing in the community and to get UM studentsÂ interested and involved in volunteering with OLPC.
The volunteers hosting the OLPC stand were surprised to learn many students already knew about OLPCÂ and were very excited to receive such a positive response from UMâ€™s student body. Over 40 studentsÂ visited the table and signed up to be a part of OLPC volunteer program in Miami.
The Knight Foundation yesterday announced it would join community leaders from Charlotte, North Carolina in contributing to Project L.I.F.T., a 5-year $55M+ project to improve education in West Charlotte schools. Â (It began last January with a $40M round of fundraising; and this year raised another $15M.)
Knight’s contribution will fundÂ a community engagement coordinator to keep parents and local communities in touch with the project as it develops, and for an OLPC program (including XOs and training) for all students and teachers in grades K-5 in the L.I.F.T. schools: roughly 3,200 in all.
This builds on our work together earlier this year, to develop a digital literacy program at Holmes Elementary School in Miami. Â Our experience so far suggests that giving elementary students access to computers – and letting them take them home and use them with their families – helpsÂ promote better informed and engaged communities.
We are delighted to see this new project take off within the framework of the existing L.I.F.T project. And looking forward to working more closely with the Knight Foundation, whose input has already informed some of our practices. Their background is in community engagement rather than education, which complements the viewpoints of our other partners. And the added focus on community engagement is one of those necessary elements that can make all the difference in longevity and impact.
Children receiving XOs in Miami’s Holmes Elementary School
One Laptop per Child Association was honored by the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade Countyâ€™s official economic development partner, for their contributions to the local economy in terms of job creation, business expansion, corporate citizenship and industry leadership.
The 10th Annual Beacon Awards were held at the new Miami Marlins Park and attendees had an opportunity to mingle with industry leaders and notable public figures. One Laptop per Childâ€™s Senior Vice President of Operations, Roberto Interiano, accepted the judgesâ€™ special award, sponsored by Baptist Health Systems.