AggieSTEM 3D Printing Summer Camps

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Texas A&M University has asked me to teach 3D Printing at the AggieSTEM summer camp program, due to my prior involvement with the SOLID Learning and STEMulate Learning educational programs, as well as in development of the book “3D Printing for Dummies.” These are amazing kids, doing amazing things in the midst of Summer at TAMU! Continue reading

Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

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The theme for 2014’s STEMulate Learning workshops will be Robotics and we have much ahead this year with underwater ROVs and a Crowdfunding effort to bring new learning tools that educators can build for themselves! 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

#SciFund Round 2 Project B Support Results

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During the 2nd Round of the #SciFund Challenge, crowd-funded support was provided to test the artificial “Solar Seaweed” system, with very positive results after the open-water tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico. The design was proven to work and additional areas for further research were revealed. 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

Crowd-funding a Mobile Makerspace

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In order to reach rural schools and isolated educators, STEMulate Learning will use past crowd-funded equipment together with a few new items to create a Mobile Makerspace. This project will be run through the KickStarter crowd-funding site on the recommendation of several supporters from our past RocketHub efforts. Continue reading

SOLID Learning – Servo Robot Actuator Selected!

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Educators and pariticpants have selected Servos as the standard actuator for SOLID Learning pilot robot designs, based on functionality, familiarity, cost and ease of use. 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

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