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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...