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Advanced Robotics: Flying Machines and Puzzle-Solvers

Every passing day, robots are learning more and more. Each day, our computerized counterparts are becoming smarter. Just think about it: in the time you spent reading this blog, robots just mastered another key to their evolution.


Japan’s Ministry of Defense unveils the worlds first flying robotic orb.

Those Magnificent Flying Machines
You’ve probably seen walking robots. Well, now joining their ranks are flying robots. Recently the Japanese Ministry of Defense (JMD) introduced a orb that could fly through the air. The orb has a eerie similarity to the flying robots in The Matrix – or the hovering interrogation droid from Star Wars.

The robot hovers, floating through the air like a bird, spinning and turning on a dime — just like the robots that chased Neo. For now, a remote operator controls the orb. And thanks to on-board gyroscopes, the robotic sphere that weighs less than a pound stays afloat with ease. According to JMD, the robot was made for rescue and reconnaissance: “It can take off and land anywhere. This machine will be able to reach places that were hard to access by air before.”

The flying machine costs around $1,400 and is made from parts you could probably buy at your local Radio Shack.

Problem-Solving Robots
If that video weren’t enough to demonstrate how far robots have come, here’s another. How about a robot that has been trained to master the great intellectual feat known as solving Rubik’s Cube? “RuBot” is programmed to scan and analyze a Rubik’s Cube — and figure out the quickest, most efficient way to solve the classic mechanical puzzle:

Rubiks Cube, which was invented in 1974, is now solved with ease by RuBot. 

As robots become more powerful, the question ultimately becomes, “How can I keep robots from taking over my town?” Unfortunately, there’s no clear answer to that question. Robots have found their way into almost everything you come into contact with on a daily basis, from hospital surgery to traffic lights. The best thing to do is to try to help the robots now in hopes that your assistance will be appreciated later…after they take over.

Join The Robot Revolution
But why fight them? Join them! Learning how to take control of robots has never been easier. With LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robotics kits, for example, you can build a variety of robots, including specialty ‘bots that perform complex tasks, such as climbing a rope.

At Digital Media Academy computer camps, students in the Adventures in Robotics course not only learn what makes robots tick; they also build robots and battle ‘em, too. After a busy week in which each student has been individually issued their own LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robotics kit, campers pit their best battling bots against each other in a Sumo robot competition (just like the robots in Real Steel).

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DMA’s 2011 Summer Camp Kick Off – Stanford, Drexel, Harvard and More

The wait is finally over! Summer has started and that means Digital Media Academy summer camp is in full-swing at two of DMA’s prestigious campus locations. Campers attending DMA’s summer camp at Stanford University arrived in Palo Alto, CA over the weekend. While over on the East Coast, DMA campers started the computer and digital arts camp in Philadelphia, at Drexel University.


Campers at Stanford in the Digital Filmmaking program get personalized instruction.

Creating The Future
Digital Media Academy’s professionally taught programs are in full swing – and that means an explosion of creativity is happening right now. Student campers are learning how to design video games…how to create professionally produced movies…build amazing web sites…how to make an app for iPhone or Android…how to shoot digital photos like a pro…to program a robot or computer, and become skilled at music production or image editing, using Photoshop. These campers are not only having fun, they’re creating the future!

DMA has computer and digital media camps, and academies summer camp locations in the United States and Canada. Locations like Harvard University, UCLA and the University of Chicago. In coming weeks, DMA Summer 2011 programs will also start summer programs at the University of British Columbia (starting July 4th), UC San Diego (July 11th), George Washington University (July 11th), University of Texas at Austin (July 11th), and Swarthmore College (July 25th).


It’s not summer camp without a break to go outside and enjoy some time making friends.

No matter where you’re coming from, with campuses across the United States (in California; Massachusetts; Pennsylvania; Texas; Illinois; Washington, D.C.) and in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Digital Media Academy has the perfect location to and program to accommodate everyone.

With world-class instructors and hands-on training with the latest equipment and software, a DMA summer camp experience is like no other! You not only learn while at camp, but also grow personally and professionally. Making friendships that can last a lifetime are just the icing on the cake! It’s no wonder that Digital Media Academy is the first and only choice of summer camp students and their parents.


From film editing to gaming, DMA covers it all! Here an instructor shows a student one of Final Cut Pro’s great features.

It’s Not Too Late to Register
Camp may have already started but there are still openings for great courses and training sessions.Visit Digital Media Academy for more information about registering. And make your summer count!

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DMA Summer 2009 is Underway!

We are now in our third week of summer 2009! As of this week, we have four locations up and running across the country, including Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and The University of Texas at Austin. The University of California at Irvine ran for two weeks, June 22 – July 3, focusing on filmmaking courses for both teens and adults. Next week, four more locations will be launched, including Brown University, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego (UCSD) and our first ever international location, The University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

DMA students include adults, teens and kids as young as seven years old. At each age group, a variety of courses are offered, including movie making, video game creation, robotics, animation and web design. Summer 2009 also features several new courses, including Adventures in Cartoon and Comic Creation for kids ages 9-13 and Junior Adventures in Digital Art and Movie Making for kids ages 7-9. Among our new teen courses is the very popular Music and Video Production course, taught in conjunction with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Students in this class use the latest audio, video and music gear to create their own songs and music videos! Stay tuned for more features on each of these new courses!

All DMA courses are project based, so students are going home every Friday with their very own portfolio of project work. In the coming weeks, we will feature many of these projects, as well as profile some of the students whose creativity is filling college campuses nationwide!

All courses are taught by professionals with classroom teaching experience and/or experience in the industry, so students are learning from the “masters” themselves! Please check out our instructor biographies to learn more about our teaching staff.

Spots are still available at several locations. Please call 866-656-3342 for course availability!

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Camp Fairs Raffle (Drawing #2) Winner Announced!

Announcing the Second DMA Camp Fair Free Tuition winner!

Congratulations to Darryl Sanjeant (Dominic) for winning the raffle for free tuition to the Digital Media Academy from our second round of camp fairs! Dominic can choose from our many great courses.

DMA attends many camp fairs across the country. Attendees are able to enter their name for a chance to win a free summer camp course by Digital Media Academy.

summer camp fair

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Camp Fairs Raffle (Drawing #1) Winner Announced!

Announcing the first DMA Camp Fair Free Tuition winner!

Congratulations to Tiffany Miller for winning the raffle for free tuition to the Digital Media Academy from our first round of camp fairs! Tiffany can choose from our many great courses.

DMA attends many camp fairs across the country. Attendees are able to enter their name for a chance to win a free summer camp course by Digital Media Academy.

summer camp fair

 

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