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If the recent closure of major manufacturing facilities has shown us anything, it’s that the needs of the 21st century workforce are shifting rapidly This includes training needs. With closures like this, there is a surplus of workers with well-established skills who need to find a way to further develop them or take them in a Continue...

For a number of years, we’ve been making the trek to Austin, Texas for the first week of August to be part of the annual National Instruments conference.  LabVIEW, a National Instruments product, has been an integral part of our success as both integrators and as educational developers, and the community surrounding this company has Continue...

For anyone involved in FIRST Robotics competitions, it really doesn’t take long to see the benefits for students.  In addition to building and programming robots (pretty cool in itself), they learn some pretty important science, technology, engineering and math concepts, as well as 21st Century Skills like collaboration, communication and critical thinking.  FIRST is also a Continue...

Enable Education was hooked on FIRST even before our first competition season. Here was an organization and competition that expected the best of students, and really challenged them, not just technically, but in terms of their character. Volunteering locally was great, but I really wanted to help more than just one team. I had found Continue...

In 2008, when I heard that the FIRST Robotics Competition was adopting the software and hardware platform I had been working with for years, I was pretty excited.  I tracked down a local team and volunteered as a mentor, which in itself was very rewarding.  Watching a functioning machine take form in only six weeks Continue...

Check out the great news from WaterlooLabs: Waterloo Labs said: “Waterloo Labs is on FoxNews.com homepage right now, check out the write up on us. http://bit.ly/c4QGxn” 25 minutes ago Waterloo Labs said: “Waterloo Labs just reached One Million Total views on YouTube! Thanks everyone for watching. http://bit.ly/blj5pH” 3:33 PM yesterday I’m thrilled for the team Continue...

Here at ETC we do a lot of work with LEGO robotics (WeDo, Mindstorms and TETRIX) and with LabVIEW. Plus, we have three University of Waterloo Engineering students this term who have to write work-term reports. We also have quite a pile of parts… So, this post is officially (whatever that means) kicking off the Continue...