Makeblock: Open-source Maker Sets for the 21st Century

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Makeblock: Open-source Maker Sets for the 21st Century

Often referred to as “Lego for adults”, Makeblock engages a builder’s fondness for construction sets with the application of technology. These sets are actually great for makers of all ages, because they are so easily and quickly put together. Like Lego, many Makeblock sets use a construction process that allows each piece to slot together without the need for nuts … Read More

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Obama Pledges $4B through Computer Science for All

kristielAll Topics, Coding & Programming, Funding

President Obama recently announced his three-year initiative to empower American students with the computer science skills they need to succeed in a digital economy. This plan, called “Computer Science for All”,  outlines $4 billion in funding to provide schools and educators across the country with the resources they need to teach computer science. This includes training teachers, equipping classrooms and … Read More

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GG Maker Academic Now Available at Studica

kristielAll Topics, Coding & Programming, Game Design & Development Tools, STEM Education

GG Maker Game Design Sparks Interactive STEM Learning

Studica recently sealed a deal to offer GG Maker Academic to students, educators and schools. GG Maker is a video game engine that can produce 2D and 3D games very quickly. The engine has been growing in popularity due to its ease of use and low barrier of entry. Studica is the exclusive reseller for the Academic Version of the software. GG … Read More

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Bring fischertechnik to Life with Scratch Programming

kristielCoding & Programming, fischertechnik

Combine fischertechnik ROBO with the visual, easy-to-learn programming language, Scratch. It’s easy to control motors and light indicators instantly with mini-switches and phototransitors. With Scratch, you can program your fischertechnik robotic designs with simple tasks to complex projects. This programming language is specifically designed for students, ages 8 to 16. However, it is used by people of all ages from … Read More

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How to Read an XML File in Unity

kristielAll Topics, Tutorial, Unity Game Development

I recently started working on a project in Unity 3D that makes use of an XML file to load data into the game. Being relatively new to game design, I had to do a lot of research to figure out how to load the XML file and assign that data in a usable way. I have gotten things working in … Read More

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New App and Launcher Accessory from Wonder Workshop

kristielAll Topics, Coding & Programming, Robotics

Wonder Workshop’s Dash and Dot are some of our favorite robotic solutions for elementary classrooms. These fun robots are perfect for introducing young students to the world of robotics and coding. It is a great start to STEM in elementary education. With planned activities, free app downloads and a range of engaging accessories – what’s not to love? Wonder Workshop … Read More

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The 2015 California STEM Symposium begins!

kristielAll Topics, STEM Education

Today is the Day! We are excited to be in Anaheim for the 2015 California STEM symposium to start “Designing Our Future”. There are thousands educators, students and other academic leaders gathered here to discuss strategies and resources for successful STEM education. A major focus this year is bringing more diversity into STEM. How do we help bring more underrepresented … Read More

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Wonder League Robotics Competition for Ages 6-11

kristielAll Topics, Competitions & Contests, Robotics, STEM Education

Wonder Workshop has started their first Wonder League Robotics Competition and the Minions are all over it! Teams from around the USA and their Dash and Dot robots are ready for action. The grand prize winners will get an all-expense paid STEM Field Trip to California. This trip will allow the winners to meet with top professionals in engineering, game … Read More

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Force Friday Introduces Sphero’s Star Wars Droid BB-8

kristielCoding & Programming, New Releases, Robotics

In preparation for the upcoming release of the Star Wars: Episode VII, Disney has deemed today Force Friday and unveiled a series of toys and other items related to the film. Part of this event introduced us to Sphero’s latest robotic creation, Star Wars droid BB-8. BB-8 is the cousin robot to Sphero’s flagship product of the same name and … Read More

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