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ATOMS: LEGO for the digital generation

ATOMS are essentially a system of plug-and-play sensors, motors and logic blocks, aimed at children and adults alike. Different colors represent different functions – yellow bricks sense things (e.g. detect movement), red bricks ‘connect’ (e.g. power things), green bricks are all about ‘logic’ (e.g. they affect the outputs) and blue bricks are concerned with action – in other words they ‘do’ things.

Emerging Technologies

This is the first article I wrote about 'the flip', back in 2011. The articles I reference provide a good introduction to flipped instruction.

Play-i |Delightful Robots for Children to Program

Programming For All Ages Visual programming interface for kids 5+ that weaves in music, stories and animation. Learn coding by looking at and tweaking the code behind the visual interface. Go beyond the play - use visual programming languages created by MIT and Google, Scratch & Blockly to program.

Robots in the Classroom: What Are They Good For?

Talk of robots in the classroom may have seemed far fetched a few years ago, but it's safe to say that the future has arrived - at least in some classrooms. Educators are beginning to experiment with how robots can add value to their classrooms, and while it's by no means common - they're still quite expensive for many school budgets - robots paired with specific software and curriculum are offering interesting new learning opportunities.

Videos - SparkFun Electronics

SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. Whether it's a robot that can cook your breakfast or a GPS cat tracking device, our products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person.

Life lessons learned from robots

This is a story about kids pushing through failure to achieve phenomenal success. And also robots. In the rural town of Nuiqsut, Alaska - accessible year-round via air travel - seven middle school students took on the ultimate engineering challenge: Design, build and program a robot capable of executing a series of specific tasks.

What happens when a robotics class starts the year with no robots? - The Hechinger Report

NEW YORK - When school started this fall at DeWitt Clinton High School a graphing calculator had to substitute for robots in a ninth-grade robotics class. The teacher, Howard A. Stern, was eager to teach the new robotics class for freshmen, but he started the year without a curriculum or the equipment he requested.

Meet Poppy, the printable robot
Meet Poppy, the first completely open-source, 3D printed, humanoid robot (@poppy_project). Poppy is a robot that anybody can build and program. That means it's not just a tool for scientists and engineers: the team of developers aims to make it part of vocational training in schools, giving students the opportunity to experiment.
Sphero SPRK Edition Robot Announced

The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders."

Phiro is a smart robot that lets kids learn to code 5 different ways | Robohub

Phiro is a smart robot that lets kids learn to code 5 different ways Just like reading, writing and arithmetic, problem solving and innovative thinking are essential 21st century skills our children need. Research shows that one of the most effective ways for kids to learn problem solving is through coding and robotics.

Five reasons to teach robotics in schools

Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this? The Queensland government has just announced plans to make teaching robotics compulsory in its new curriculum - aimed at students from prep through to year 10.

Top Tips for Teaching with Robots (using Sphero)

Robots are everywhere, they open our garage doors, vacuum our floors and if you are lucky they even park your car. Until recently there weren't many robots in the classroom and now I couldn't imagine approaching STEM without them. Using the Sphero robots in my after school programming club has opened my eyes to both [...]

Five reasons to teach robotics in schools

Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this? The Queensland government has just announced plans to make teaching robotics compulsory in its new curriculum - aimed at students from prep through to year 10.

Robotics Lesson Plans

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Preparing Students for the Robotic Revolution

Today we rely on robots to do many dangerous, mundane things for us. From routine lab work to tilling the soil on farms and stocking shelves, robots have either