23 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Plans for the DLM-TIC Continue to Move Forward

Working with our consultants, FX Design Group in partnership with Design Island, we’ve held meetings to discuss project goals and priorities. Out of those discussions, a preliminary floor plan has been developed. Also,  work on documentation to  serve as the basis for securing architectural and engineering services is underway.

New to the DLM-TIC concept is the addition of a “Simulation” area. Comprised of a classroom area and a Simulator experience area, we will create an immersive, game based experience. The experience begins with learning to use mathematics principles to plan and plot flight plans and ends by putting those principle to use by executing that flight plan in a simulator.

To help determine which services may generate the greatest interest and adoption in the community, we developed a survey for our users. Nearly 900 individuals shared feedback with us taking surveys online and in paper format in house. Results of those surveys are included here.   The good news is that on average, half of respondents believed that they were at least somewhat likely to use the services of the DLM-TIC! If you didn’t get a chance to take the survey go ahead and share your opinion now!

17 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Glimpse into the Future

There has been an exciting development recently in bringing robot technology closer to our daily lives. The Florida legislature has passed a bill to provide for “operation of autonomous motor vehicles on public roads.” People with an interest in technology have been watching the development of the Google Robot Car and recent tests on roads and highways in Nevada have been very promising. Several major car companies also say that they are currently developing this technology for their vehicles. Technology specialists believe that robotic technology will be available for our vehicles in the next 3-5 years. When DLM-TIC opens, we won’t promise to have a full-scale robot car, but we hope to bring fun and learning with scaled model robotics. In the meantime, keep watching our blog for updates and enjoy this glimpse of the future.

09 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Field Trip to the National Entrepreneur Center

Mary Ann Hodel, Library Director, staff members and the Contract Designers for the DLM-TIC went on a field trip this week to the National Entrepreneur Center located in Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall.  One goal is to begin partnerships that will benefit local entrepreneurs and small businesses so they become more aware of the vision for DLM-TIC.  We are looking into green screen technology suitable for shooting YouTube commercials, audio software that can be used for radio or Internet podcasting and design software with capabilities for logos, business cards and business advertising.

Calling all entrepreneurs and small business owners in Orange County, FL, check in with us and watch DLM-TIC grow! There may be something in it for you!

02 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Curiosity Robot on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity, a robotic rover and chemical laboratory is scheduled to land on Mars during the very early hours of Monday morning, August 6.  The rover has a robotic arm and drill, a sophisticated on-board chemical laboratory and cameras and weather detectors.  Watch this NASA video to learn more about the Mars mission and check in to this blog space for future details about DLM-TIC  coming attractions, including STEM robotics activities.

26 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Sketching with Arduino

Arduino electronic boards and open source software are designed for use by anyone who has little or no electronic or engineering experience.  They are becoming popular in educational programs and with artists and designers, who would like to make things that can respond to touch, sound, light and/or movement.  The Arduino community is active and vibrant through the Arduino forum and the Arduino Wiki.

So . . . begin sketching with Arduino by checking out this video from Make Magazine.