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8 Posts authored by: Cabe Atwell
Sony is now exploring the realm of Education with its robotic toy KOOV. (KOOV kit displayed, image via SONY)   At first glance, the KOOV kit might look like confectioneries; but it is a new set of electronics fashioned to increase children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The KOOV kit is one of SONY’s brainchildren, part of its global education program. Even though SONY’s new baby resembles the LEGO toys, the Japanese corporation is, in fact, ...
Zachtronics’ Shenzhen I/O lets players join an electronics company to design circuits and write code. (Image credit: Zachtronics via YouTube)   When it comes to video games for engineers, we tend to think of Tetris, Minecraft or even Sim City perhaps, but those are geared for more entertainment rather than relying on trade skills to complete. Zach Barth of Zachtronics created a different game with engineers in mind with his Shenzhen I/O, which pits players in an imaginary tech compan ...
(Image credit: Taito Corporation)   I saw this and wonder if it’s possible to bring to the Raspberry Pi.   It’s been 40 years since Taito released their iconic Space Invaders video game back in 1978 and four decades later the music still haunts me- that deep bass that rolls faster as those ships get closer to your bases. The hardware for the game amazes me as well, considering the game’s creator Tomohiro Nishikado designed the arcade board using an Intel 8080 CPU wi ...
The SatelLife Challenge looks too young people for innovative ideas for satellites that benefit the economy, health or environment. (Image credit: UK Space Agency)   Are you between the ages of 11 and 22 and have ideas on how to make the economy, health or the environment better, how about a share of £50,000 in prize money? If that sounds like an excellent proposal, the UK Space Agency would like you to sign up for their second annual SatelLife Challenge, a contest for young folks tha ...
(Image credit Pixabay)   It may have taken place ‘a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’ but the tech is certainly futuristic, at least that’s how it’s portrayed in the popular Star Wars franchise but has that tech actually become a reality for us here back on Earth? It may not be so fictional considering a lot of Star Trek tech from the series have come to fruition in the last 30 years- mobile phones (communicators), 3D printers (replicators) and VR headsets (H ...
A partnership between Netflix and the Girl Scouts aims to get girls interested in science early on-and stay there. Girl Scouts meet accomplished women from a variety of companies at Netflix headquarters to learn more about STEM opportunities(via GirlScouts)   Since the late 1980s, the number of women undergraduates pursuing careers in computer science and technology has dropped nearly 20 percent, from 37 percent in 1984 to just 18 percent today. And this despite the fact that computer scie ...
Kano kits teach kids the basics of programming and electronics with camera, speaker, and light board kits. All the kits work with one another (via Kano)   With endless campaigns, programs, and websites dedicated to teaching kids the basics of programming, the concept doesn't seem as wild as it did a few years ago. Every month there seems to be a new program or device hoping to get kids interested in programming. And this month is no different. Kano, a computer company based out of East Lo ...
  I recently put together three easy to build  projects - that are awesome - with younger builders in mind. We are talking breadboards, glue, hand-files, heatshrink tubing kind of easy. These projects seem complex, but they are surprisingly simple. You could probably build one of these in an afternoon with the help of your favorite kids.   Let's go up the coolness scale:   First off is my Shake Activated Water Bottle Night Light. What's running this is two 555 timer I ...