Using BitCoin Mining to Teach Economics, Mathematics and More

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BitCoin mining chips are falling in price now they utility is reduced, but together with inexpensive Raspberry Pi computers, they provide excellent resources for classroom models and lessons in mathematics, economics, production, project management and entrepreneurial requirements for business. Continue reading

3D Printed World History Weekend

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Educators and learners can use 3D printing to bring physical examples of famous structures to their classroom. Passing around these models inspires students to consider aspects of ancient civilizations and their understanding of mathematics and structure. Continue reading

Space Exploration Merit Badges

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The Texas A&M University Students Serving Scouting group coordinated a weekend of learning and fun for young learners attempting the BSA’s Space Exploration Merit Badge! 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

3D Printing In Cheese Spray

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While discussing “fully-configurable” 3D printers you can modify┬áto whatever idea you have, I mentioned “using Cheese-Whiz(tm) as a print medium” and several members of the group started discussing how they would like to use cracker-serving 3D printers for dinner parties … Continue reading

Learning SCRATCH on the Raspberry Pi

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Teaching programming using MIT’s Scratch is easy for young students and adults alike. Scratch on Raspberry Pi is inexpensive and flexible for software and hardware controls, leveraging software control over the RasPi GPIO interface pins. 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

STEMulate Learning HPC Turns 21!

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The STEMulate Learning supercomputing node reaches 21 years of combined CPU power towards the World Community Grid, serving as an educational example every week by tweeting its progress towards solutions for globally critical issues of disease control and resource availability. This crowd-funded project is starting to spin off new projects for students in turn as we build Raspberry Pi clusters for classroom use! Continue reading

Raspberry Pi brings back memories of the ZX81

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The Raspberry Pi computer reminds me of the Timex Sinclair ZX81 that let me build my own computer, and will enable today’s learners to step forward towards the next 30 years in turn! both are products seen first in the UK and enjoy many similarities, although the 30 years between also provide some extraordinary steps forward! Continue reading

Pi Day Fun

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Pi Day celebrates the mathematical concept of Pi (3.14) on March 14 (3/14) each year and offers a wonderful chance to teach young learners using inexpensive Raspberry Pi and many other tools! Continue reading