RobotNext: Once and Future Grease Monkeys

"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."  Dean Kamen

Over milkshakes at Schwab’s Drug Store and hamburgers at Jurassic Park, this all got started at Universal Studios Florida.  In a discussion with some of my former students, now mentors of my high school robotics team, The Grease Monkeys, I brought up the idea of starting a blog about robotics.  Having just finished a robotics competition at the University of Central Florida, I was thinking about a way to extend our robotics experience.  We have done competitive robotics for nine years, so we think we know a little about the field.  Only time will tell if you the readers agree.

Since this is my first post, let me tell you what I plan to do here in my little niche of robotics.  RobotNext will explore what is here and now, and what is to come in the world of robots.  My experience in robotics is mostly with FIRST.  FIRST or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology was founded by Dean Kamen.  The organization is dedicated to furthering youth involvement in robotics and engineering. 

Now at this point in my life, I want to branch out from the focus of competitive robotics and education to a more general audience.  However, I will seek to bring my own "spin" to robotics articles and news to further the theme of competition, education, and the future of robotics in society.  The other members of this team will add their own unique views to this effort.

So, here we go …


  1. “The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.”
    Ivy Baker Priest

  2. Michael says:

    Since myself and my brother live in Austin, Tx., we can help with the expansion of information on robotics as well as events that go on. FIRST is also expanding their use for robotics, like they have showed in the previous Robotics Competition.

  3. Jakenan says:

    For those who dont know, i am a wierd and funny guy. So for my take on technology, i will dive into the strange and the unusual. A lot of laughs will be had and new thing will be learned. I hope yall look forward to my upcoming posts.

  4. Hinoki Sai says:

    Like my brother said, we live in Austin. Here in Austin, there is an event called DorkBot which is awesome. It’s and event where anybody interested in technology can go. There we met a guy who worked on a team for the DARPA experiment for automated vehicles. And also the CEO of So most of my blogs will be info from DorkBot. Enjoy!

  5. Brittany says:

    Hello, I’m the only girl of the group. The short, dirty minded girl of the group. While I was in robotics I usually did a little of everything, so in this blog thats exactly what I’m going to do. I’ll be bringing in a women’s perspective of these topics. So…LET’S ROCK…HEAVEN OR HELL!

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