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Offline dwensara

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Hi all-

My company has several Rethink Robotics Baxter collaborative robots and are currently looking to donate one to a school, university or other center than can use it for educational purposes. This is an industrial version of the robot, NOT equipped with ROS, with a Unitronics PLC for communicating with outside equipment and sensors. It also has 2 parallel grippers with all of the original parts in two accompanying boxes.

We need to donate the robot at the cost of shipping it (currently located near Philadelphia, PA) and we need to hold it in a warehouse for several (6+) months to allow its value to decrease to the point that donation is an option. However, there will be a vetting process for the possible recipient so that can be occurring at the same time as the attrition process.

I cannot guarantee any support from myself or my department for getting the robot and/or PLC running, though I would not be against a few pointers via email at the start.

Thanks!

Offline nolanjo

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Good morning
I am Joanne Sobryan, head of Mathematics and head of Digital Technologies at Onehunga High School in Auckland, New Zealand.
We are a multicultural high school serving a lower socio-economic part of our large city and have a strong focus on creating a learning environment that will set students up to tackle complex problems in a world that's becoming rapidly more geared around digital technologies. Our school has an extra-curricular robotics programme that is currently top in the region. This year, half the students in the programme are girls, and all come from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.
In addition to this, in 2018 we plan on extending our Digital Technology programme from the senior school to the junior school, offering programming and robotics courses to students aged 12 - 15.
We're interested in two types of robots; the "Edison" for our junior students, and the "Baxter" for our robotics programme. The "Edison" will give students an introduction to programming and the "Baxter" will allow us to give our more advanced students experience programming in real-world tasks.


Regards

Joanne

Offline RoboRiley

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Hello,

I am Riley Richards, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (https://uwm.edu/communication/people/richards-riley/) and a graduate fellow in the Communication and Social Robotics lab (http://www.combotlab.org/post-graduate-fellows.html). Our research is focused on human-robot interaction and would love the opportunity to incorporate Baxter in our research studies. I am happy to talk to you more about our research or how Baxter would be tentative used. You can email me directly at richa369@uwm.edu.

Thank you,
Riley Richards