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Innovation

#AnimatronicsChallenge: a littleBits Project by lizabits

Come one, come all to witness this extraordinary, life-defying, awe-inspiring, battery-powered menagerie of animatronic creatures! From February 1-29, we challenge you to invent an electronic creature or character using littleBits, then film it in action. We want to see you design a creature that mimics life, a character that has personality. Does it flutter it’s eyelashes? Have a distinctly pitched voice? Slither in an all too real way? These aren’t your typical metallic, mechanistic robots. Friends, we want nothing short of the illusion of life.

YourDuino

YourDuino is the creation of Terry King and Jun Peng. This is a partnership and collaboration between two friends: An old Engineer from the USA, now "back home" in Vermont, USA, and a young man from China who is contributing his energy and his knowledge of the Chinese markets to bring you interesting, high-quality products at low cost.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy have achieved some pretty remarkable things. Below, take a look at just a few of our many student success stories.

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

Food. It's not just the way we fuel our bodies,but perhaps the most intimate way we interact with our environment. Everything we eat comes from nature and begins as something growing on land or at sea. While our food is rooted in a vast chain of ecological relationships, it's also part of an increasingly complex and problematic system of our own design. It's a system that has resulted in depleted soils, landfills full of packaging waste and uneaten food, and dependence on expensive inputs, like chemical fertilizers—all while nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day. From seed (or sea) to table and everywhere in between, there's a lot we need to improve.

Tesla “Not A Dream” Video Short on Suatainability & Energy

A surreal land of oil & gas is visited by an unlikely yet welcomed stranger. Credits Director, Story, VFX, Edit, Sound: Freise Brothers Cinematographer: Christian Evans, Freise Brothers Actors: Giles Ashford, S. Hong Music: “Diana” by 'Sonic Architect' Tony Anderson Nikola Tesla Narration: Jonathan David Dixon
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