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White House Memo on STEM

September 29th, 2017 No comments

from: Campus Technology

Finally, something the current White House and its previous residents can agree on: the need to invest in STEM education. President Trump this week issued a memo to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, encouraging her to divert $200 million from her agency’s annual budget to grant programs that support “high-quality science, technology, engineering and math education.”

“These skills open the door to jobs, strengthening the backbone of American ingenuity, driving solutions to complex problems across industries, and improving lives around the world,” Trump stated in the memo. “As part of my administration’s commitment to supporting American workers and increasing economic growth and prosperity, it is critical that we educate and train our future workforce to compete and excel in lucrative and important STEM fields.”

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Neat way to learn Robotics

September 29th, 2017 No comments

From: https://www.roboterra.com/

Origin™ Robotics Kit & CastleRock

Looking for a fun and easy way to introduce STEM in your classroom? Our Origin Robotics Kit enables anyone to build real robots and program them. The kit includes metal parts, servos, LEDs and sensors, so kids can create robots that react to the environment around them.

Origin Robotics Kit includes access to our CastleRock programming software. Using CastleRock, kids will learn to code while they construct robots that spin, wave arms and flash LEDs. Students use C++ coding language to control their robots, providing a solid foundation to easily explore other languages and skills. Going beyond programming, CastleRock provides a set of tiered challenges that guides students through a planned, conversational curriculum. No previous technology experience is required!

Watch “The Computer Hack That Saved Apollo 14” on YouTube

September 22nd, 2017 No comments

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Watch “Robots sorting system helps Chinese company finish at least 200,000 packages a day in the warehouse” on YouTube

September 22nd, 2017 No comments

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Automatica

September 19th, 2017 No comments

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Watch “ABB’s robot YuMi takes center stage in Pisa, conducts Andrea Bocelli and Lucca Symphony Orchestra” on YouTube

September 17th, 2017 No comments

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Article: Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

September 15th, 2017 No comments

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

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Robotic program helps students build STEM skills

September 11th, 2017 No comments

From: KPLC
Tuesday, September 5th 2017, 6:20 pm CDT
By Jolina Okazaki, Multimedia Journalis

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) –
A STEM robotics program at Lee High School is allowing students to put their engineering skills to good use.

“It takes brainpower, you can’t just come up with it out of nowhere,” said Cristian Valeriano.

It brings science, math and technology to the next level.

“The nice thing about it is you step back and help them if they need help,” said Alan Pitkin, Career and Technical Education Teacher of STEM Robotics. “You want them to use their brain to think and problem solve. Say, ‘Hey Google something, see how something works, see how the real world is using it and implement it in your robot.”

Building a robot isn’t as easy as it looks. It takes brainstorming, teamwork, problem-solving, executing and trial-and-error.

“Building takes a lot of precision,” said Christian Martinez. “It’s really key to this. One small mishap can ruin the whole thing. Building takes a lot of hours. After school, we come, on weekends and in the summer.”

“When we first got started, it was grasping an idea,” said Valeriano. “First, it’s where to start. We make the wheels and build off from there. We need to pick up a ball, we need something to pick up a ball. It’s piece by piece.”

Every year, students in the program learn and prepare for a robotics competition towards the end of the year called First Robotics. It’s one of the biggest competitions where teams build robots and compete against each other and win scholarships. But it doesn’t come cheap and only a small portion of school funds are used with help from the MISD Education Foundation.

“When you have to go to regionals, like Georgia, it’s $12,000 to $15,000,” said Pitkin. “Houston is $5,000. It also depends on how many kids you take. Some of these kids haven’t been out of Midland. I give them the experience and see what the world is doing. Midland isn’t that far out and Midland can compete with anybody.”

The program has become successful thanks to the Midland Independent School District Education Foundation and its sponsors from SM Energy, the J Robert Jones Charitable Trust Foundation and Pioneer.

“They see a value in giving your money to the school for robotics,” said Pitkin. “It’s all being put to good use.”

But these funds are what get the gears turning for these students to become successful and inspire the next generation of engineers.

“It’s beneficial to learn now then get put out in the world and not know what to do,” said Valeriano.

“I want to go to A&M, which has a good engineering program as far as architecture,” said Martinez. “I feel like this will help me get there and achieve it.”

To help and sponsor the program, you can contact Jami Owen with the MISD Education Foundation here.

There will be a Phillip Phillips concert that will benefit the MISD Education Foundation this Saturday, Sept. 9, 8:00 p.m. at the Midland County Horseshoe Amphitheater.

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These Are The Droids You’re Looking For (Star Wars App-Enabled Droids By Sphero) – YouTube

September 5th, 2017 No comments

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7 Bio-Inspired Robots that Mimic Nature

September 4th, 2017 No comments
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