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Ozobot

December 30th, 2015 No comments

Just ran across an ad for a robot I haven’t seen before: Ozobot.

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Looks to be geared towards teaching kids programming.

More info at: http://shop.ozobot.com/

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Quantum Computers Explained

December 30th, 2015 No comments

This video explains why we have reached the end of Moore’s Law and what Quantum Computers are and how they work.

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Hour of Code 2015

December 19th, 2015 No comments

Published on Nov 16, 2015

Computer science is a foundational field that opens doors for all boys and girls. Starring Sheryl Sandberg, Jasmine Lawrence, Karlie Kloss, May-Li Khoe, Mia Epner, Alice Steinglass, Jess Lee, Jessica Alba, Paola Mejía Minaya, Malala Yousafzai, and Susan Wojcicki.

Start learning at http://code.org/

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UC Davis Releases Free Tools for Teaching Robotics

October 18th, 2015 No comments
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Inspire Her

February 19th, 2015 No comments

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Play-I Robot to help kids learn to program

October 28th, 2013 No comments

Check out the Mars rover these two girls built in their garage

August 2nd, 2013 No comments

From: VentureBeat
August 1, 2013 6:04 PM
Jolie O’Dell

We just love stories like this.

Two sisters, 11 and 13, have built a Mars rover in a workshop in their family’s garage.

Camille and Genevieve Beatty have also been invited to the New York Hall of Science to show off their rover as part of a special exhibit on astronomy. The rover will roam around a mini-Martian landscape and analyze rocks with hidden heat lamps embedded inside.

Here’s a gallery and demo clip:

The girls also worked with their dad to build software to control the rover.

Its innards contain more than 700 components, including electrical and mechanical apparati.

The 13-year-old Camille revealed in a recent interview how the project got its start:

When I was 11, I started taking apart calculators, clocks, and TV remote controls to see what was inside. My dad asked me if I wanted to build something myself. We started out creating simple circuits on a breadboard to light up LEDs. Then my dad asked, “What do you want to build next?” and I said, “A robot!” We started out really basic at first and learned as much as we could. I’m 13 now and I’m in 7th grade. We’ve built all sorts of rolling, crawling, flying, beeping, blinking robots.

Check out the Beatty family blog for a step-by-step look at how the project took shape.

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Make a mechanical hand with plastic drinking straws : TreeHugger

July 30th, 2013 No comments

From: TreeHugger.com

Instructable user mszymczak has let us share his project with you for building a mechanical hand with plastic drinking straws. This project is a great primer for kids to spark their interest in building more complicated gadgets.

for the full article goto: http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/gadgets/make-mechanical-hand-plastic-drinking-straws/

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Global Conference on Educational Robotics | KISS Institute for Practical Robotics

July 26th, 2013 No comments

Just found this link http://kipr.org/gcer about a Global Conference on Educational Robotics and thought I would share it.

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One Robot Per Child? Former Googler, Apple Engineer Tackle Educational Bots.

May 15th, 2013 No comments

One Robot Per Child? Former Googler, Apple Engineer Tackle Educational Bots.

from: All Things D
by: Lauren Goode
May 14, 2013

There are apps that teach kids the basics of programming.

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And then there are robots that get the job done.

That’s the vision of a group of four tech entrepreneurs who late last year formed a company called Play-i with the purpose of creating educational robots for kids.

The Bay Area-based company is still very much in the early stages of building out its bots and determining their form and functionality.

Vikas Gupta, Play-i’s founder and CEO, said the robots will be targeted at children aged 5 to 8, and will most likely work in conjunction with tablets. Using a tablet or other mobile device running compatible software, the child will be able to program his or her robot to perform certain actions.

Gupta said the company is aiming to keep the price point low — very low. Unlike the personal robots we’ve seen to date, Play-i wants to keep its bots at under $100, making it a direct-to-consumer play.

But Play-i is light on other details. It’s unclear how large or powerful the robots will be, whether they’ll have a humanoid shape or take on more of a mechanical form, and ultimately, which software they’ll run on or work with. And the robots won’t necessarily speak. (Although, one thing is certain: These aren’t the super-poweful robots that are going to do your chores for you.)

So, why robots, when there are plenty of lightweight and tablet-friendly apps now that teach kids how to program? The Play-i team believes that learning should be tangible and fun, and that bossing hardware robots around is more interesting than, say, instructing an animated bot to draw a line.

“We believe tangible interaction is what grabs children, something that’s much more engaging for them beyond just having a software screen in front of them,” Gupta said.

And what was cost-prohibitive a few years ago in robotics isn’t as pricey any more, Gupta said, with the increasing accessibility of sensors in the market and the advancements in processors.

Play-i is the brainchild of Gupta, who in his last role was the head of consumer payments at Google; Mikal Greaves, formerly of Frog Design; Saurabh Gupta, who led the iPod software team at Apple from 2006 to 2012; and Imran Kahn, previously the head of marketing at Eloan and Symantec.

The company just secured $1 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, Madrona Venture Group and individual private investors. Later this summer, Play-i will launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise more money for production.

(The photo above was taken at a museum in Moscow and is not indicative of Play-i’s product plans. Photo courtesy of Liza Azarova/Flickr Creative Commons.)