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4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways - Scientific American

4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways - Scientific American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Robots can capture a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. With robots, kids learn programming via interactive play by moving a robot in various sequences and using intuitive, visual programming on a computer screen. The children also learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by watching and interacting with robots that demonstrate the practical results of the day’s lesson. “Kids recognize when they are learning something themselves—robots give them that,” says Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, a research organization that specializes in educational technology. Robots are proving to be valuable educational tools from the lower grades all the way up to graduate school. “Building and programming these devices is part of becoming a creative science and engineering kind of person,” he adds."


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Drone delivery system: Tacocopters, burrito bombers, beer, and sushi.

Drone delivery system: Tacocopters, burrito bombers, beer, and sushi. | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
this is a good article about domestic uses for drones. there are pros and cons. Students can use it to discuss drones, robots, and other forms of automation.
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Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program - Eagle-Tribune

Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program - Eagle-Tribune | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program
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Brosnan, who graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology, has not entirely left North Andover High's robotics program. He serves as a judge for competitions.
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33rd Square | Disney Research Automates Clockwork Robotics

33rd Square | Disney Research Automates Clockwork Robotics | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teams at Disney Research have created a pair of software packages that brings us one step closer to the rapid design and manufacture of customized robots that can sense and interact with their environments to carry out complex tasks.
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Part of the digital revolution will depend on later generations of software tools like the two featured here: "Achieving a desired motion in an animated physical character, whether it be a small toy or a full-sized figure, demands highly specialized engineering skills. But research teams at Disney Research have created a pair of software packages that can open the design process to people with a broader spectrum of skills and provide more creative choices."

 



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The usual questions must come up. For these more accessible creation tools, what are the trade-offs in terms of versatility, choice?

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