WIG Hovertrain: Innovation Takes Time

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I wanted to share my idea for a form of rapid transportation that uses magnets for propulsion and the wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) for suspension above a track. Various “hovertrain” ideas using air suspension have been examined since before I was born, but are still being explored today as well. Continue reading

Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge

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Our local Boy Scouts took the weekend to learn about disabiling conditions, accomodations and assistive aids in their local area, and to speak with a fellow young man about his quality of life living with spinal muscular atrophy as they worked on their Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge. Continue reading

Electronics Merit Badge Classes

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Teaching Electronics Merit Badge courses for Boy Scouts allows the exploration of mathematics and project management while encouraging young learner engagement and interest in STEM subject areas without requiring a costly equipment setup expense. 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

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

Repair Teaches Many Things

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Repairing instead of replacing gives opportunities to teach many things from engineering to electronics to sustainability. Kids learn that they can repair and recover items that would otherwise fill our landfills and consume more resources to fabricate replacements. Continue reading

Electronics Merit Badge Workshop with Microprocessors

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During an Electronics Merit Badge workshop, I used Atmel ATTiny85 microprocessors in place of the 555 timer circuit to reduce complexity and enhance participant engagement through hidden coded messages. Continue reading

#SciFund Challenge Round 2 PathTags

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Several researchers in Round 2 of the #SciFund Challenge selected a custom PathTag as a durable token to reflect their participation in this event. Continue reading

Robotic Claws using Arduino

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Giving robots a hand (or at least a claw) in STEMulate Learning sessions for Boy and Girl Scout merit badges and patches, using Arduino + LEGO RCX 2.0 + creativity = fun and STEM education. Continue reading