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Although most “coding robots” I’ve ever seen end up in a toy box never to be used again, this one seems a little more useful.   iRobot Corporation, one of the top companies in consumer robots, has unveiled the Root coding robot and announced plans to add it to their product line through Robot Robotics. The technology at first was coded by a funding group at the Wyss Institute found at Harvard University and is mainly used for ease-of-use educational purposes in a fun and ...
Our battery design has come a long way from last year’s competition, with main advancements relating to BMS data recording and case modularity. The cell model we have chosen to use is the HG2 from LG. It boasts a high continuous discharge current of 20A, as well as a high capacity of 3Ah. In pursuit of a high efficiency, this year we have made the switch from a 48V system to 36V, changing our battery arrangement from 13S4P (13 cells in series, 4 in parallel) to 10S5P, allowing us to in ...
Our powertrain development team is responsible for creating all electrical aspects of the drive system in our electric prototype vehicle. The team is made up of a series of development sub-teams tackling distinct modules which come together to provide the full working system, each of which serve a specific purpose. Each module consists of a blend of custom firmware and hardware which must be designed, built and tested by each development team.   Logic Board The most obvious of these is t ...
Can the world stop making things worth buying for a day? On May 4th, LEGO unveiled the latest addition to their Star Wars toy products, one that even Jedi force powers couldn't recognize. The newest LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander includes creative coding taught by the LEGO BOOST, offering the choice to build three of the Star Wars favorite droid models, R2-D2, the Gonk Droid and the Mouse Droid. The product will launch globally on September 1st, 2019, valued at $199.99, just in time for th ...
Volkswagen will be unveiling the eGon next month in Germany. (Image Credit: Volkswagen)   On Friday, May 3rd, Volkswagen introduced the eGon model, a cutaway vehicle based off its electric e-Golf automobile. The eGon has been completely stripped from its exterior and interior panels and the vehicle has some mobile features like QR code scanning, so visitors can obtain more information about certain components. The model will be showcased on the big Stage Six in the MobilityArena and will ...
Leading a tutorial unit of thirteen students in the Engineering & Architectural Design MEng programme at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, design studio Architecture Social Club was asked to develop a creative brief around the concept of ‘tribal gathering’ and incorporated the elements of sound and interactivity. In two teams, the students’ pavilion designs sought to answer this brief: how can sound and space bring people together?   Triptych by UCLoud  ...
The supermassive black hole at the heart of galaxy M87 displays a bright ring as light bends in its intense gravity. (Image credit: Event Horizon Telescope via Wikipedia)   Event Horizon Telescope researchers have released the first ever images of a massive black hole with a mass of 6.5-billion times that of our sun, located 55-million light-years away at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, in the Virgo galaxy cluster. Black holes were previously “seen” through their interacti ...
Lego’s Spike Prime kit features over 500 Technic parts and pieces and is programmed using a Scratch-based app. (Image credit: Lego)   LEGO has announced a new educational STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) platform designed to teach kids about robotics, engineering, and coding. The company’s Educational Spike Prime Set is targeted at kids in grades 6th through 8th and features over 500 Technic pieces, along with a new coding app that’s based on Scratch.   ...
Sphero’s new robot is geared towards hackers, tinkerers, and engineers looking for a truly customizable experience. This little bot can be a home security system or just a cool racecar (Image credit: Sphero)   Sphero is known for their high tech robotic toys, like the adorable BB-8. But now, the company is moving away from toys and getting into the educational market. While it offers a programming app that can be used for their current bots, there wasn’t anything for kids ready ...
This little robot can be programmed by Bockly and Python language (Photo via Hanson Robotics)   It’s now easier than ever to teach kids the basics of STEM and coding. Every year a slew of new programs, toys, games, and books are released that aim to introduce kids to the world of programming. Hanson Robotics is doing the same with a slightly different approach. They recently revealed their little sister version of AI robot Sophia, a companion meant to help young girls learn how to co ...
Over 30 million people around the world have some type of speech impairment and that causes communication barriers. Which is why they rely on sign language to communicate and that can create problems with others who are not familiar with sign language. A 25-year-old technology enthusiast from Kenya stayed determined on dealing with and solving the issue. Roy, an employee at Intel and a tutor of data science at Oxford University has created smartgloves that converts sign language to audible speec ...
Farnell element14 is delighted to announce the launch of our new Physical Computing and Education Services hub, a dedicated resource aiming to inspire the next generation of engineers and promote the development of core STEM skills across all age groups and ability levels.   Supported by the element14 STEM Academy, our Physical Computing and Education Services hub serves as the online home for all of our education platforms, from beginner products such as micro:bit and Codebug to more adva ...
Amazon wants to give back to the community (Photo via Amazon)   Amazon is currently setting up their new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, and the response has been lukewarm at best. In an effort to give back to the community, the company has announced plans to fund computer science classes in more than 130 New York City area high schools.   Amazon will pay for introduction and Advanced Placement college-level courses across all five New York boroughs, which includes more th ...
The pods act as a way to build programs by connecting blocks of code together. (Image via Microsoft)   In 2017, Microsoft announced a new project called Torino which is a physical programming language that helps those with visual impairments learn coding basics. The program was only limited to the United Kingdom, but it was an experimental program that had massive potential for accessibility. Microsoft announced that it's turning the project including all research and technology behind it u ...
pmanocha

Microbits are a hit!

Posted by pmanocha Jan 13, 2019
I was introduced to Microbits last year as I began to draw plans for a new makerspace at my urban elementary school. My goal was to bring computer science skills and coding to the 4th grade students in my general education classroom as well as to students 4th-8th grade through an after school club in the new makerspace.  We created the space and finally my club began a few weeks ago.  Four students were immediately drawn to the Microbits station and got started right away with research ...