Another Book Idea – Makerspaces

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Another book idea is that of Makerspaces. I will have to have a Chapter on Electronics: A Chapter on Laser Cutters: A Chapter on 3D Printers: A Chapter on Robots: And much more…  

February 2014 STEM Workshops

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February was a busy time with progress made on ROV designs and camera modules, 3DR RepRap 3D printers, and preparations for Workshops and Summer Camps including the Texas A&M University AggieSTEM program! Continue reading

SOLID Learning Electronics – Microcontroller Options

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Arduinos have been selected by educators as the standard microcontroller for SOLID Learning designs due to the support community, availability, cost and ease of use. Arduinos will be supported by Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Linux cards for special purposes. Continue reading

Student Engagement Through Competitions Like The STEM Challenge

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STEMulate Learning workshops explore open hardware and software that teachers can use to enhance their classrooms without exceptional cost, but students really get excited at personalized learning and taking part in educational competitions like the STEM Challenge video game design project. Continue reading

Getting Started with 3D Printing in Education

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Teachers ask how to get started bringing 3D printing to their classroom. Here are a few considerations and current options available to teachers and school, whether they are well funded or just getting started with a few introductory efforts. Continue reading

3D Printed Electronics Housings

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Whether designing with an Arduino or a full Raspberry Pi, our teachers use 3D printing to protect electronics from kids and kids from the electronics. 3D printed roll-up cases also hold students’ circuits in place between classes and provide drawers to contain small components as each class progresses from one lesson to the next. Continue reading

#SciFund Round 3 “Telepathic Cyborg Robots”

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In Round 3 of the #SciFund Challenge, I will be crowd-funding a neurocomputing headset to expand our preliminary efforts with thought-controlled devices. The preliminary prototypes can only control the speed of a robot or train, but with the Emotiv EPOC headset we will be able to let students take control of complex devices and to identify enhancements for their learning environment itself. This project provides a bridge directly connecting student’s thoughts and dreams to their creations, providing a spur towards STEM interest. Continue reading

#SciFund Round 2 Project A Support Results

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Our #SciFund Challenge, Round 2’s “Personalized Robotics” project is already showing the value 3D printing presents to educational settings, connecting educators with freely shared 3D model designs and letting students and teachers create custom, personalized designs to meet many educational needs. Continue reading

#SciFund Challenge Participation

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STEMulate Learning has been taking part in the #SciFund Challenge since the beginning. Round 3 coming up and we will have another entry in this exciting program hosted by the RocketHub crowd-funding site. Here I discuss our success in rounds 1 and 2, and introduce our concepts for round 3! Continue reading

SOLID Learning Robot Components

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SOLID Learning integrates 3D printed objects into educational settings and the pilot will need electronics, sensors and motors to turn 3D printed frames into movable useful robots. I will examine different components this week and link each here for review. Continue reading