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The spiders use the earth's charges to boost their launch and take flight. Spiders and their ballooning ability with the earth's electric charges allow them to take flight. (Image via Michael Hutchinson)   In 1832, Charles Darwin first discovered the aerodynamics ability of spiders via electric power. His discovery was first realized when he found spiders aboard his ship when venturing across 60 miles of ocean space on a calm and clear day.   At the time, Darwin had witnessed two di ...
Algeria shut down the internet for an hour on June 25th in an attempt to prevent cheating during exam time for high school diploma exams. The shut down affects both fixed land line connections and mobile connections - which is mainly intended to prevent any leaks from occurring during the entire exam period. Algeria had also blocked off access to Facebook across the nation.   These measures are extended and in place because of some conflicts that took place during exams over the past few y ...
GitHub Education combines the Student Developer Pack and GitHub Classroom. GitHub wants to make sure IT students have the proper tools for their education. (Image via GitHub)   As interest in programming and STEM education grows, more classrooms are required to have the right tools for teaching. GitHub, the online open source code repository, wants to make things easier for schools and is launching GitHub Education. This gathers the Student Developer pack they released in 2012 and the 2015 ...
Roblox Studio will allow users to create their own games and give them a gentle introduction to the programming world. Roblox gaming. (Image Credit: http://www.idtech.com/)   Roblox is a gaming and a development platform that allows users to deign, program and play their own games - including those designed by other games. The company has officially introduced a new initiative that's designed and aimed towards kids and teens of the gaming user-base. The education is meant to be targeted at ...
LEGO has developed a way for their customers to code and connect to play services using a Powered Up platform that makes these an option - even if it isn't something that's intended. In this scenario, some sets will have full programming and mobile device control while others will be remotely controlled or powered and others will be regular LEGO Kits with Powered Up support only as an option.   LEGO previously used this idea in connected toys which allow kids to build up a variety of items ...
A Pennsylvania education institute is launching a new program for undergraduate focused on Artificial Intelligence, the first in the United States. Flyer for the new AI program at Carnegie Mellon University. (Image via cmu.edu)   Carnegie Mellon University was born in 1967 out of the merger between the Mellon research institute and Carnegie Tech. Carnegie Tech is an institution created in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in the country at the time, to empower those who had little a ...
A new toolkit developed by Google called Android Things has just been released to all developers. It was originally released to preview for selected developers. The new toolkit aims to help developers build up software to make their hardware products run more smoothly with the Internet of Things. It was originally announced at the end of 2016.   Google's Android Things is a toolbox that makes connecting IoT devices as simple as writing an Android application. Most of the hard work involved ...
This game is a variation on the one I posted previously.  In this version, a person is walking around with a MicroBit.  Every time they walk up to a Sign Post, they press a button and then receive instructions on their own MicroBit, making it a transceiver.   Treasure Hunt - Send and Receive   Description: This is another version of the Treasure Hunt Game.  In this version of the game, a treasure is hidden somewhere.  A group of treasure hunters will follow direct ...
This is a Treasure Hunt game that is designed to teach students how to use the Radio functions of the MicroBit, with one Bit sending a signal, and the other receiving it.  Before making anything, I try to come up with an 'I Want' statement, and I try to make it specific.  If it is clear, its makes it easy to create the program.   Treasure Hunt   Description: The Treasure Hunt game consists of two groups.  One group is a set of treasure hunters, the other is a group of ...
One of the projects Google sponsors to support its employees lead to an app that will be teaching the users how to code using the most common software. Display of one page in the app from an android phone. (Image via Google)   Many tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Apple launched programs and applications to help every day people learn coding. From the look of it, Google does not want to miss out on the opportunity that such endeavor present. Hence the new app developed by a Goog ...
Last December we shared the story of Team MechFly - a  group of Mechanical Engineering students from the National University of Singapore who, using equipment provided by element14, were hoping to develop a lightweight Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) to compete in the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition.   We're happy to report that the team were successful in taking their design to the competition, where they were awarded the Championship Prize in the category of Unconventional Desig ...
The University of Michigan is home to a new research facility dedicated to testing drones. The facility might be the first of its kind. M-Air building. (All images via University of Michigan)   Autonomous vehicles are the rave this year. On the one hand, the world is impatiently waiting for autonomous cars to be available for sale. On the other hand, there is another type of vehicle, the autonomous aircraft, which might not be of interest for most individuals but will change the way certai ...
According to the report, the US leads the world in science and engineering, however China leads in total volume of science papers published. (Image credit: Pexels)   According to the National Science Foundation’s 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators report, the US is the global leader in science and technology (or engineering). To put that into a general perspective ─ The US invests the most in R&D endeavors (both academic and commercially), attracts the most venture capital ...
Apple launched an app that will teach children not only how to code but also how to build augmented realities. Swift Playgrounds Displayed on iPad. (Image via Apple)   Technology companies have been expanding their reach to the younger audience through their education tools. A study has proven that there are more jobs in tech than there are graduates to fill those jobs, so tech giants like Microsoft and Google started programs to nurture children’s interest in programing or coding. T ...
A bet with his fellow club members pushed a high school student in West Virginia to build an AI that can rap. Robert Barrat from Jefferson High School, image from Jefferson County Schools website.   In a discussion about the possibility that artificial intelligence could perform certain tasks better than humans, Robbie Barrat insisted to his friends that it was possible. The high school students, members of a programming club, then betted Barrat that he would not be able to prove his theor ...