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Amazon To Make Its Engineering Training Courses Available For Free.

December 21st, 2018 No comments

TechCrunch (11/26, Loizos) reports that AWS announced Monday “it has made available, for free, the same machine learning courses that it uses to train its own engineers.” Paraphrasing Amazon GM of AI and Deep Learning Dr. Matt Wood, TechCrunch says “there are more than 45 hours across 30 different courses that developers, data scientists, data platform engineers, and business professionals can take gratis.” Wood said each lesson “starts with the fundamentals, and builds on those through real-world examples and labs, allowing developers to explore machine learning through some fun problems we have had to solve at Amazon.” According to TechCrunch, the company “is also introducing its own machine-learning certification that customers can take right now for half price.” TechCrunch says, “Presumably, part of the idea is to enhance Amazon’s retail pages, as well to potentially to recruit more people into the company so it can accelerate its own growth. If Amazon earns some much needed goodwill along the way, so be it.”

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Direct link to AWS Training and Certification HERE

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Robotics engineer Barbie joins the girls who code

December 21st, 2018 No comments

From: Reuters
June 26, 2018

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Barbie, the world’s most iconic doll, is venturing into coding skills in her latest career as a robotics engineer.

The new doll, launched on Tuesday, aims to encourage girls as young as seven to learn real coding skills, thanks to a partnership with the kids game-based computing platform Tynker, toymaker Mattel said.

Robotics engineer Barbie, dressed in jeans, a graphic T-shirt, denim jacket and wearing safety glasses, comes with six free Barbie-inspired coding lessons designed to teach logic, problem solving and the building blocks of coding.

The lessons show girls, for example, how to build robots, get them to move at a dance party, or do jumping jacks.

According to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics, only 24 percent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs were held by women in 2017.

Barbie has held more than 200 careers in her almost 60-year life, including president, video game developer and astronaut.

Tynker co-funder Krishna Vedati said in a statement that the company’s mission to empower youth worldwide made Barbie an ideal partner “to help us introduce programming to a large number of kids in a fun engaging way.”

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Tennessee Coding School Training Young Adults As Software Engineers.

August 19th, 2018 No comments

The Memphis (TN) Commercial Appeal (8/4, Lopez) reports Code Crew Code School in Memphis, Tennessee “is training 16 young adults to become entry-level software engineers, earning $60,000 a year, for free.” The paper says that four years of training are condensed into a “six-month coding boot camp.” The school “launched three years ago, teaching after-school programs, summer camps, in-school electives and pop-up classes. The group focused on teaching elementary, middle and high school-aged children computer science.”

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Watch “Remembering 1968: How Intel was born” on YouTube

July 24th, 2018 No comments

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Watch “We’re Close to a Universal Quantum Computer, Here’s Where We’re At” on YouTube

July 18th, 2018 No comments

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Which is the fastest growing programming language? Hint, it’s not JavaScript – TechRepublic

July 11th, 2018 No comments
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Barbie’s latest career path is robotics engineering

June 26th, 2018 No comments

From: https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/26/mattel-barbie-robotics-engineer/

Earlier this year, Mattel announced that it was partnering with Tynker to bring Barbie-themed coding lessons to young kids. As of today, six free coding experiences are now available as is a new STEM-themed doll — Robotics Engineer Barbie. The lessons are geared towards beginners, kindergarten-aged and older, and aim to teach logic, problem-solving and the basics of coding. While they learn, kids can also take on different career roles alongside Barbie, including musician, astronaut, pastry chef, robotics engineer, farmer and beekeeper.

“Our mission is to empower youth to become the makers of tomorrow through coding, and the Barbie brand is an ideal partner to help us introduce programming to a large number of kids in a fun, engaging way,” Tynker CEO Krishna Vedati said in a statement. “It’s critical that all young learners have an opportunity to explore the possibilities available in STEM fields, and Tynker’s Barbie programming experience is a valuable tool to introduce kids of all ages to these concepts while building their coding skills.”

Throughout the year, Mattel will also support the robotic workshops put on by Black Girls Code, debut more Tynker coding lessons and publish a coding e-book for kids.

Robotics Engineer Barbie is available today in four skin tones. You can learn more about Mattel’s coding partnership with Tynker here.

Makers’ Guide to Boards

May 15th, 2018 No comments

Looking for the perfect micro controller board for a project? CLICK HERE for a handy guide done by make magazine that lets you search for the perfect board!

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The History of Robots: From the 400 BC Archytas to the Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog

May 14th, 2018 No comments

from: Interesting Engineering
by: Saoirse Kerrigan

The History of Robots: From the 400 BC Archytas to the Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog
Take a journey through the long history of robots, from the 4th Century BC to today.

Robots have fascinated and preoccupied human minds for centuries – from ancient tales of stone golems, to modern science fiction. Though the word “robot” was only officially penned in 1921 by Karel Čapek, mankind has endeavored to create autonomous machines since as far back as the 4th Century BCE.

Today, robots are widely used across a variety of industries, aiding in the manufacturing of vehicles and more. According to the International Federation of Robotics, in 2015 there were as many as 1.63 million industrial robots in operation worldwide, and that number continues to grow steadily each year.

Here’s a brief history of how robotics have evolved and grown from the early imaginings of 400 BCE, to the global resource they are today.

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Summer Camps

April 17th, 2018 No comments

Looking for summer camps. Here are some you might be interested in:

CodeCrew has a number of programming and robotics summer camps at various times and locations for grades 1-12. See there website: https://www.code-crew.org/events/ for more information.

Programs include coding, robotics, mobile app development and more….

The library and Cloud 901 have a number of summer camps for students ages 9-18. See http://www.memphislibrary.org/summer-camps/ for more information.

Programs include Robotics (including Lego Mindstorms), STEM, Art, and Music.