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Koch will spend a total of 328 days in space, breaking a record previously set by Peggy Whitson (Image credit: NASA)   NASA astronaut Christina Koch recently made history. The 40-year-old electrical engineer broke the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the previous record of 288 days set by former Station Commander Peggy Whitson. Koch is expected to spend a total of 328 days onboard before she returns to Earth in February 2020. Typical missions last about six mo ...
Move over Albert Einstein, Adhara Pérez is an eight-year-old genius. Adhara Pérez is said to be smarter than Albert Einstein (Image credit Ricardo B. Salinas. Hola!)   Meet the little girl who may be smarter than Albert Einstein. Eight-year-old Adhara Pérez is reported to have an IQ range well into the triple-digit, making slightly higher than Einstein and Stephen Hawking, both of whom were said to have an IQ of 160.   The Mexico City Native learned about her hig ...
DIY, crafting, building is a huge part of Halloween these days. I enjoyed putting together this collection of projects fueled by the holiday spirit. I walk you through how I built these from start to finish, include schematics and code. Everything you need to get started! If you do go to build any of these, feel free to reach out to me if you have any trouble.   First up is my favorite, “The Scary Door.” A lot of time went into this one, I think is has the most potential f ...
The competition hosted by NASA will take place in Fall 2019. (Image Credit: NASA) So, "Rovie McRoverface" going to win?   NASA has chosen two organizations to participate in running a contest designated for students from grades K-12 in the United States, allowing them to enter their submissions to name the Mars 2020 rover. The space agency is also accepting applications to become a judge in the contest, which can be found online. Battelle Education in Columbus, Ohio and Future Engineer ...
Students at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary School take part in Amazon’s Future Engineering Robotics Program designed to give kids a four-part childhood-to-career opportunity. (Image credit: Amazon)   Amazon has announced the funding of computer sciences and robotics programs for 30 Title-1 public schools in the Seattle area, as part of the company’s Future Engineer endeavor. Each school will receive a grant aimed at inspiring students by granting access to computer scienc ...
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 ...
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 ...