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29 Posts authored by: Cabe Atwell
Ubtech introduces its new Overdrive kit while Osmo revamps its program for Android integration. Ubtech’s latest line lets you build your own construction bots. (Photo via Ubtech)   Stem learning has always fascinated me. There are so many options and things to try. I plan to collect several learning options I find cool here in STEM Academy.   With STEM-based learning on the rise, several companies have dedicated themselves to building toys and games that introduce programming a ...
The Ministry of Education in Japan aims to help students with their English skills by using robots. In this classroom, the robot is the teacher. (Photo from NHK)   Robots are an increasing presence in our lives. With robots delivering your food, AI assisting people in homes, and even robots in hospital settings, they’re a part of our daily lives. They even appear in classrooms! At least in Japan. To help students improve their English skills, the Japanese Ministry of Education will l ...
Researchers at MIT created a machine to bend and twist noodles to snap them in two equal halves. This machine was specially designed to twist and break noodles. (All photo via MIT)   MIT is usually at the forefront of groundbreaking science and technology. And they’ve done it again, but this time it involves spaghetti. Breaking spaghetti noodles in half is easier than it sounds. Sure, you’ll get two halves, but they never break off into clean pieces. This issue has stumped scie ...
Your workbench, your lab is where you'll make it happen. Setting up the best one you can is essential. Pictured above is The Thomas Edison  Menlo Park Shop, 1st floor. (Image via historic archives)     If you plan on being serious about your endeavours in electronics, your tools should reflect your resolve. The key to setting up an electronics workbench is to start from the essentials and build out from there. What you choose will depend on how much you're willing to spend, but i ...
Infrared optics detects garbage and takes a picture. (Image via Anna Du)   Anna Du, a sixth-grade inventor, has come with the idea that could potentially help to clean up the ocean from microplastic pollutants.  She and nine other young inventors were recently selected as finalists in the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.   10 innovators had been invited to the challenge where they'd have a chance of winning $25,000 and a mentorship from a 3M scientists. All ...
Even though the STEM program is not new in the Girl Scouts organization, the new badges may create a new breed of women leaders. Some of the new STEM badges (Image via Girl Scouts)   Started in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, the Girl Scouts organization was just a movement, an idea born from a desire to better prepare young girls for the adult life. At 51-years-old, Gordon Low aka “Daisy” gathered eighteen girls from her hometown Savannah, Georgia to teach them what she has learn ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...