NASA has developed apps to track shooting stars and iPhone games to hunt comets, but its latest app is an educational project aimed at teaching kids all about rocket launches.
The agency's Launch Services Program (LSP) released the new free app called "LSP Activity Book" available for iPad and Android users. Kids can learn about the mission planning process and the precise measurements behind creating the right kind of launch vehicle.
LSP prepares NASA's unmanned spacecraft for launch. The organization engineers and purchases the launch vehicles for spacecraft. LSP matches rockets to spacecraft based on payload. The payload of a given spacecraft can include instruments like satellites, cameras and landers.
Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.
"With back-to-school in full swing you may have noticed all of the new apps and updates flooding the Apple App Store for iOS devices. There are iPad apps designed to help students prepare for the new school year whether they are entering preschool or starting their first year of high school. These five apps are all brand new or have been updated this month. Each one shows the power of the iPad as an educational tool when used at home or in the classroom. This list includes selections that push children to think deeply about simple tasks and interact with complex information. These iPhone and iPad apps use high quality graphics and interactive content to help students explore and learn about new concepts."
For students to embrace the skills needed in a changing technology landscape, teachers must coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies to positively influence academic achievement.
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This is not just good advice in teaching but in any environment where technology must be integrated into work. It can be easy to forget the importance of continuous learning. The article also has a number of potentially useful links throughout.
3D printed robots became the talk of the industry back in June when Intel announced it had developed a functional ‘high-end’ 3D printed robot named Jimmy. Since then, no other company has made any big announcements about a possible competitor the the $1,500 Jimmy, but leading printer manufacturer HP (which announced in March it would be entering the 3D printing market) sent the rumor mill going again when it posted a job opening in September calling for a “Robotics Scientist in 3D Printing.” The company hasn’t revealed any further details yet, but we may be seeing something innovative from them in the near future.
Meanwhile, companies in the UK are actively dabbling with 3D printed robots. PrintME 3D, a London-based 3D printing solutions company which recently attracted top firms to an event on 3D printing for architecture, is working to integrate 3D printing robots with education. In a partnership with two robotics companies, PrintME 3D have launched a new campaign that aims to introduce 3D printable robots into schools.
PrintME 3D teamed up with BQ and EZ-Robots in the new campaign. Spain-based company BQ is known for its Witbox desktop 3D printer, but the company also recently developed a line of 3D printable robot kits called PrintBots. EZ-Robot, a Canadian company that specializes in robot kits and adaptable robotics, also recently released a line of 3D printed robots called the Revolution Robots series.
BQ’s products cater to all ages whereas EZ-Robot’s kits are designed for more advanced users, so PrintME 3D say they are confident that they can cater to any classroom environment. Each robotics kit comes with basic instructions to get students started:
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