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STEM Education

Old English Teachers Never Fade Away – P21

When I was a boy several centuries back, the historic words "Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away" flowed out of my family's sole radio. Over the years, I have uncovered many meanings in General MacArthur's retirement speech. Today, whenever I engage in discussion about the Common Core Standards, I end up thinking about what he said. I sometimes make an adjustment as in "Old English Teachers Never Fade Away." As a retired English Teacher now editing and writing, my communications career has not yet faded. "Once an English teacher, always......." even as I am asked to.. ..Read More....

Toca Robot Lab – Limited Time FREE App

FREE for limited time - Toca Robot Lab, another imaginative, educational app from Toca Boca. Kids create robots by mixing & matching scrap parts and pieces of junk. They choose the legs, trunks, heads, and arms for their robots. Three different suggestions are given for each body part - pencils, fans, parts of coffee machines,…

Everybody Needs STEM Talent

Evidence of the shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent in the United States is plentiful. However, in an effort to stop immigration of high-skilled STEM workers, left wing advocates argue that there is no shortage. A new twist to their argument is to claim that STEM graduates do not always go into STEM fields and therefore are not in short supply. This reasoning falls apart rapidly. First, the U.S. Census Bureau definition of STEM graduates and workers, which is used to make this argument, includes psychology and social science majors, which are not what most people think of when considering STEM occupations. But second, it ignores the glaringly obvious point that in today’s technology-driven economy, all sectors and industries-not just those classified as STEM fields-have a growing need for STEM talent.

Making Manufacturing Easier for the Makers

The Innovation Enterprise. Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, interchangeable parts that snap together to form ready-to-use electronic circuits, says it is all about “democratizing hardware.” littleBits’ customers—from children to other makers—use the company’s little electronic Lego-like parts to bring intelligence to everyday items, like a door bell that sends a text when it’s rung.

Advanced Kit for Raspberry Pi 2 (Windows 10 IoT Compatible)

The IoT world is coming, and it's going to be even bigger than the internet. If you have a computer, a mouse and a keyboard, you have everything you need to use the internet - BUT, in the IoT world, you are able to add sensors to the mix, bringing you even greater possibilities. This kit includes all the basic IoT sensors modules you will need to start playing with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT and the "Azure" cloud service. In addition, we haved included some extra toys: a USB touch screen, a 9g servo, a PIR sensor, a UV sensor and a USB Camera. Here are a few simple ideas for the projects you can create with this kit: With the USB touch screen, you have a low-cost simple user interface for your projectA Servo is the most commonly used actuator in robotics. Combine some servos with a USB camera and you can build a pan and tilt automated home monitoring system that will keep your home and family safeA UV sensor is an excellent tool for a wearable device. Why not make a shirt that can change color based on the light surrounding it?
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