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2015
It has been an exciting few months.  Don't let the lack of blog posts fool you.  I have honestly just been too busy to write anything.   Earlier this year, the City Colleges of Chicago received a grant from NASA to do some high-altitude ballooning (HAB).  The vast majority of the money we receive will support undergraduates with stipends so they can build and design experiments that will be conducted 30,000 to 90,000 feet above the earth.  We have our first crop of stud ...
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Micro Bit

Posted by shabaz Top Member Mar 12, 2015
Interesting little microcontroller board, to be developed as part of a BBC plan to distribute them for free to 1M 11-year old children according to this news announcement. (Image source: bbc.co.uk) Apparently this is not the actual incarnation that will be distributed - it will also feature Bluetooth. The shape looks interesting - like a robot with eyes : ) or a little professor.   I think it is a good concept - it is a nice blend of toy-like appearance combined with educational materi ...
A while ago, I posted an instruction sheet for temperature sensing with the waterproof DS18B20 probe.  At the time, I was really interested in how quickly my coffee would cool off depending on the kind of cup I was using.   The program I used involved a gspread library for a python program.  My problem was that I had an easy time getting temperatures, but I had a hard time getting them into some kind of file where I could save them and do some work later.  Finding gspread w ...
Code Red: Computing in schools Have you seen coding hit the headlines recently? There are lots of reasons why it’s top of the agenda at the moment. Research has found that around half of young people think they know more about computing than their teachers. Since the curriculum changed in September, there’s a skills gap for teacher regarding computer science across the country. I work for an organisation called Code Club Pro who are trying to address this knowledge gap. We're a ...