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Turing Tumble: Gaming on a Mechanical Computer by Paul Boswell — Kickstarter

June 3rd, 2017 No comments
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State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: ‘We Have a Long Way to Go’

April 24th, 2017 No comments
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How to Make Hydraulic Powered Robotic Arm from Cardboard – NTD Inspired

March 24th, 2017 No comments

America’s High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries’ High School Dropouts

March 17th, 2016 No comments

Ed Note: I felt I had to post this as an educator……

From: nprED
Date: March 14, 2016

A new study confirms what many Americans already knew deep in their hearts: We’re not good at math.

Not only that, but when it comes to technology skills, we’re dead last compared with other developed countries.

The PIAAC study — the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies — looks at the skills adults need to do everyday tasks, whether it’s at work or in their social lives.

“Clearly, we have some work to do in this country,” says Peggy Carr, the acting commissioner of the government’s National Center for Education Statistics. The study compared countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Collierville HS Wins VEX State Championship

March 11th, 2016 No comments

Congratulations to the Collierville VEX Robotics Team who won the TN State Championship on Saturday in Nashville. The robot named “The Illuminati” was crowned Tournament Champion and will advance to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY April 20-23. The Illuminati team also received the Sportsmanship award, voted on by the other tournament teams and Shelli Brasher (their coach) received the award for TN VEX Partner of the Year for establishing VEX robotics in West TN.

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The Collierville team is looking for sponsors to help offset transportation, hotel and meals costs. Contact Shelli Brasher at (sbrasher@colliervilleschools.org) if you are interested in helping sponsor the team at the world competition.

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5 Robots Seeking Your Crowdfunding Support

February 27th, 2016 No comments

From Robotics Trends


Kamibot Programmable Robot for Kids
Kamibot is a programmable papercraft robot for kids that can be customized with code and colorful skins. Kamibot is built around the open-source Arduino platform, so kids can easily learn how to code using Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming language.

Kamibot has raised $19,115 of its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter.


CoDrone Programmable Drone
CoDrone is a quadcopter that you can be programmed to do almost anything you want using step-by-step videos. You can program CoDrone to follow you, engage in laser battles, go through a maze and much more. It has raised $175,923 with an original goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter.


Xibot Robot Assistant
XIBOT can act as a personal assistant in our lives, helping with e-mails, messages, phone calls, shopping lists and other everyday tasks. With Wi-Fi connected to Xibot, you can monitor your house anywhere and anytime. Xibot has raised $28,150 on Indiegogo with an original goal of $10,000.


Rook Flying Home Assistant Drone
Rook claims to be the world’s first home drone that you can fly from anywhere in the world. By connecting to the Internet, Rook allows you to control and view the camera stream from your phone in real-time. Just connect Rook to your home Wi-Fi network, and use it as a platform for different needs in your life:

– Flying security camera – Family/pet monitor – Video tour of your home – Check to see if you turned the stove off

Rook has raised $40,227 on Indiegogo with an original goal of $20,000.


SumoBoy Robotics Kit
SumoBoy is a multipurpose Arduino-based robotics kit for sport and education. The goal of SumoBoy is to Kickstart hundreds of new sumo-robot communities all around the world. To push the competition to the next level by introducing new crowds to the scene of robotics.

SumoBoy has raised $7,090 of its $100,000 goal.

ZeroUI Inc

January 13th, 2016 No comments

From Robotic Trends
By Eugene Demaitre
January 12, 2016

ZeroUI Inc. has developed a set of four motor modules with a gesture-based controller glove for an intuitive user interface. With Ziro, makers can control wheels and direction or arms on homemade robots.

Ziro’s modules can be used to wirelessly move and control robots made from materials including cardboard, wood or metal, allowing for creative development. The kit will be funded by an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and costs $199.

Lego Education Launching New Robot Learning System For Kids.

January 6th, 2016 No comments

From: VentureBeat
Date: Jan 4, 2016

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Lego Mindstorms robots have done wonders getting kids interested in science and programming. Now Lego Education is launching a new robot learning system, dubbed WeDo 2.0, to help teach kids about engineering, technology, and coding.

The Lego Education WeDo 2.0 system is a combination of hardware and software that gives elementary school children more than 40 hours of hands-on projects.

Lego Education, a division of Denmark’s Lego, unveiled the system at the 2016 International CES, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The robot itself is a wireless, tablet-ready system that is designed for a younger crowd. The company’s Lego Mindstorms robots are targeted at middle school and high school students, who use them to build robots that can complete tasks and win competitions.

The lessons correlate to educational standards in physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering. The lessons are designed to motivate students (in second through fourth grades) to solve real-world science problems.

Lego says that students can use WeDo 2.0 to explore, create, and share their scientific discoveries as they build, program, and modify projects. Teachers receive support through training, curriculum, and built-in assessment. There are eight guided projects and eight open-ended projects.

Here’s the robot that comes with the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 system.

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In the “Drop and Rescue” project, students have to design a device to reduce the impacts of a weather-related hazard on humans, animals, and the environment. Students can prototype solutions where there isn’t just a single right answer.

“Teachers know that science and technology skills are crucial for today’s elementary school students, but providing engaging projects that mean something in the real world is a challenge,” said Jeffrey Marlow, a geobiologist at Harvard University and founder of The Mars Academy education and development program, in a statement.

Other projects let students discover the surface of Mars with a model rover, or explore the Amazon rainforest through frog metamorphosis.

“These science lessons do more than just teach students facts to memorize,” Marlow said. “They represent an immersive experience that instills a deeper understanding of the scientific method and evidence-based reasoning.”

The platform includes a Bluetooth low-energy Smarthub element; an electronic building brick that is part of the LEGO Power Functions (LPF), a new technology platform for LEGO Education; and one motor, one tilt, and one motion sensor. It also includes the WeDo 2.0 Core software, which lets kids program through a drag-and-drop graphical user interface.

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 is available today on iPad, Android, PC, and Macs. Chromebook support will be available in the second half of 2016. The WeDo 2.0 Core Set plus software sells for $160. The WeDo ReadyGo 24 Student Class Pack sells for $2,260, and the WeDo YouCreate 24 Student Class Pack sells for $1,930. The YouCreate bundle does not include the extended software, which includes the curriculum pack.

The first WeDo 1.0 system launched in 2009.

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Robot Competition List

January 4th, 2016 No comments

Found a wonderful summary of K-12+ competitions at http://robotics.nasa.gov/edu/matrix.php. Check it out.

ASEE Talks

December 31st, 2015 No comments

More for me than general consumption, but the link below is for a series of talks at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI) that I wanted to keep:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=asee+etli+2013

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