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Melissa and Lavanya's robotics Kickstarter campaign : Pi-Bot (Robot Kit)

Melissa and Lavanya's robotics Kickstarter campaign : Pi-Bot (Robot Kit)



This is Rita Jawaharlal(Thokchom),late Thokchom Bira's daughter. My daughters Melissa and Lavanya started a business a little over 2 years ago called STEM Center USA in an effort to excite and engage students in robotics through a hands-on approach.

The girls launched their first Kickstarter campaign to help them produce their own Robot Kit, the Pi-Bot, which can be used by upper middle school, high school, college students, hobbyists and anyone who wants to learn about robotics. The robot is really cool and comes with a complete, easy to understand handbook.

Now their project is fully funded and I am very proud to share this with you all! Project will on the Kickstarter Page until April 10 early morning.

Here is their Kickstarter page – Pi-Bot Kickstarter Campaign.

* Check out their Facebook Page: Facebook.com/STEMCenterUSA
* Visit their website at http://www.STEMCenterUSA.com

Melissa Jawaharlal – CEO & Co-Founder

Melissa Jawaharlal is a co-founder of STEM Center USA and engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. She studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and got her Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). Melissa's research field is primarily in space exploration in which she's served as a design lead for currently orbiting satellites at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) as well as performed software optimization for the United States Air Force.

Melissa is passionate about exploring the final frontier of space and engineering for the developing world. Most importantly, she works to ensure that future generations will share that zeal for STEM advancement. She has presented her work at MIT through the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams program as well as through NCIIA and Inventor's Digest. Melissa has mentored and taught in numerous robotics related activities for several years and has been recognized for her coaching and instruction style. She is passionate about hands-on, experiential learning and seeks to revolutionize K-12 STEM education. Melissa is an avid traveler and enjoys adventuring to new places and scuba diving.

Lavanya Jawaharlal – President & Co-Founder

Lavanya Jawaharlal is a co-founder of STEM Center USA and currently with the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of California, Berkeley. Enthusiastically involved with robotics, Lavanya has participated in STEM related activities for over 6 years and is part of her FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team, which won the 2011 Los Angeles Regional Competition. Lavanya has competed in both Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and Raytheon competitions, placing second and third respectively. Her involvement in robotics extends to being a coach/mentor of several FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams. She has presented at multiple conferences including: the 2010 National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) in Washington D.C. on “Design Inspired by Limpet: A Biomimicry Approach to Find Sustainable Solutions” and the 2011 Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) Conference where she talked about the “STEM Influence on the Younger Generation.”

Lavanya has also served as the California Executive Vice President of Future Business leaders of America (FBLA). In her spare time Lavanya enjoys running with her German shepherd and Siberian husky and scuba diving.

Below is Melissa's TV interview about the Pi-bot:
http://youtu.be/sP5hyTBj7Wo

Here is the media news link:

http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2014/02/11/pi-bot-teaches-students-robotics-c-programming/#!v04kF
http://atmelcorporation.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/this-pi-bot-is-powered-by-an-atmega328-mcu/
http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/pi-bot-arduino-robotic-learning-platform-kit-launches-for-75-video-11-02-2014/
http://www.i4u.com/2014/02/63417/five-coolest-kickstarter-projects-games-and-technology
http://codeduino.com/information-and-news/hardware/pi-bot-crowd-funded-robot/
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/16/us-usa-kickstarter-idUSBREA1F03320140216
http://thethreelaws.org/2014/02/13/pi-bot-aims-to-teach-students-on-the-cheap/
http://www.i4u.com/2014/02/63417/five-coolest-kickstarter-projects-games-and-technology
http://www.servomagazine.com/index.php/blog/post/pi-bot http://www.dailycal.org/2014/02/18/uc-berkeley-student-sister-launch-crowdfunding-campaign-develop-interactive-robot-kit/
http://beta.slashdot.org/submission/3345971/finally-an-affordable-robotics-development-kit
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/255016397624083443/
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=6077EC25-0549-6B7B-5AD8EE1F51D3B8E3
http://techmash.co.uk/2014/02/18/build-and-programme-your-own-pi-bot-robot/
http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-google-project-tango-visual-servoing-nasa-valkyrie
http://www.tweaktown.com/news/36299/pi-bot-is-an-educational-robot-platform-built-around-the-arduino/index.html http://worldsciencefestival.com/blog/six_great_kickstarter_projects_you_should_know_about_now
http://www.businessinsider.com/pi-bot-kickstarter-2014-4
http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/cool_stuff_found/post/get-your-robot-nerd-on-with-pi-bot-on-kickstarter

The Pi-Bot is a robot kit that they believe will revolutionize STEM education. This kit is (truly!) awesome, easy-to-use, the most affordable on the market, and a fantastic way to integrate various parts of robotics for both new students and more experienced hobbyists.


* This info was sent to e-pao.net by Rita Jawaharlal (Thokchom), who can be contacted at ritajawa(at)gmail(dot)com
This Post is uploaded on April 08 , 2014

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