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…  

3D Printer Assessments

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Accidental damage to the 3D printers for the AggieSTEM summer camps required time to diagnose the damage, giving us time to set up two Raspberry Pi single-board computers for OctoPrint remote web-based 3D printer control and monitoring using OctoPi. Continue reading

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

Our #SciFund Challenge 2014 Project Has Opened!

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At midnight on the 5th of February, we launch our #SciFund Challenge project to crowd-fund an OpenROV and underwater video camera for summer STEM workshops. This project will run for 30 days, until the 7th of March: http://www.microryza.com/exploringthedepths/ Continue reading

3DR RepRap 3D Printers

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The last workshop of 2013 focused on wrapping up projects and starting to build new tools like Richard Horne’s 3DR RepRap printers for use during the upcoming year’s SOLID Learning workshops and in makerspaces developing in schools and libraries! 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

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