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Visiting the FIRST Robotics pits - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

Visiting the FIRST Robotics pits - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it

We spent the day yesterday in the pits with the teams participating in the 2012 Silicon Valley Regional FIRST Competition and brought back a whole heap of pictures. Thursday is fix, check and test day at the regional competitions. Each robot has been sealed up since the end of the build season and the teams bring them out and get them certified for competition and run them through practice matches.

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Let's Make Robots! | Let's Make Robots!

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At Let's Make Robots, you can share your homemade robots with the world.
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Self-sculpting sand - MIT News Office

Self-sculpting sand - MIT News Office | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it
New algorithms could enable heaps of ‘smart sand’ that can assume any shape, allowing spontaneous formation of new tools or duplication of broken mechanical parts.
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Lego NXT-ified Friends Robotlab - Boing Boing

Lego NXT-ified Friends Robotlab - Boing Boing | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it

17-year-old Anika Brandsma combined a Lego Mindstorms NXT set with a Lego Friends Olivia's Inventor's Workshop set to make this cool robot lab. John Park has more on the MAKE blog.

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Pursuit Coeptis - Boing Boing

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This cam-drone, illustrating an Atlantic article on the subject by Alexis Madrigal, is the work of Simon Jardine. Jardine's aerial imaging business has an online home at Eye in the Sky; check out his Flickr gallery for more.

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Wunderkit offers collaborative project management on Mac, iOS | Macworld

Wunderkit offers collaborative project management on Mac, iOS | Macworld | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it
Wunderkit, a collaborative getting-things-done web-based application for Mac and iOS, has emerged from beta testing and is available to the public.
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Robotics competitions mix imagination and education

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APPLETON — Marc Couture, the founder of Wisconsin's first FIRST Lego League chapter here about a dozen years ago, offers the same answer when he's asked how to inspire future U.S. innovators and problem-solvers: robotics.

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The 11 Best Photography Books of 2011

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What the world's last living nomads have to do with Victorian strongwomen, tweed, and the unseen Beatles.
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Free Online Course Materials | MIT OpenCourseWare

Free Online Course Materials | MIT OpenCourseWare | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it
MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
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Coding for success

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The Kernel's developer columnist Andy Young takes a nostalgic look back at computer science education and makes a passionate case for upgrading kids' skills today.
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Parents' snooping teaches kids to share their passwords with each other - Boing Boing

Parents' snooping teaches kids to share their passwords with each other - Boing Boing | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it

But as danah boyd points out the practice of password-sharing didn't start with kids: it started with parents, who required their kids to share their passwords with them. Young kids have to share their passwords because they lose them, and older kids are made to share their passwords because their parents want to snoop on them. Basically, you can't tell kids that they must never, ever share their passwords and require them to share their passwords.

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Welcome to Flubaroo

Welcome to Flubaroo | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it

Grade online assignments in a single step!
Get reporting and analysis on student performance!
Email students their scores.
Designed by a teacher, for other teachers!

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National Robotics Week and Beyond - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

National Robotics Week and Beyond - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it

National Robotics Week is April 7-15 this year, and there are tons of activities happening to help you celebrate. Locally, Instructables is hosting a Robot Block Party at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco on April 9, and Stanford is hosting another on April 11. You can search the event listing for an event near you.

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Behold! Our new mascot - Boing Boing

From Boston Dynamics: "Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force."

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Autonomous truss-climbing robot reconfigures buildings on the fly - Boing Boing

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Cornell's Franz Nigl and Jeremy Blum demonstrate their truss-climbing robot in this video, which accompanies a paper accepted into IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. The robot can climb and reconfigure the trusses in a 3D structure, redesigning a building on the fly, autonomously. It would be pretty cool to see a swarm of these running a genetic algorithm, dynamically redesigning a skyscraper.

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Instructional and Educational Videos, Animated Explanations, - Explania

Instructional and Educational Videos, Animated Explanations, - Explania | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it
Watch hundreds of animated explanations, interactive tutorials, animations and instructional videos, and feel free to embed them on your own web pages.
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3 words prevent this DSLR-rookie mistake | CameraSim

3 words prevent this DSLR-rookie mistake | CameraSim | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it
Practice focusing, framing and shooting a photo with this online DSLR camera simulator.
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Best practices for fair use in libraries #librarianscode

Best practices for fair use in libraries #librarianscode | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it

Academic and research librarians can employ their fair use rights to make such decisions, and now they have a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use to help them decide what's appropriate.

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Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill for Everyone

Preparing students for their future in a rapidly changing world. A video from ISTE, CSTA, and NSF.
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Stanford School of Engineering - Stanford Engineering Everywhere

For the first time in its history, Stanford is offering some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. View lecture videos, access reading lists and other course handouts, take quizzes and tests, and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience.

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Engineering is Elementary®

The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) project fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE has created a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE lessons not only promote K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning, but also connect with literacy and social studies.

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Education Outrage: Larry Summers Opines about the Future of Education: A response

Education Outrage: Larry Summers Opines about the Future of Education: A response | Watching Bobbers | Scoop.it

Larry Summers, former President of Harvard and former member of both the Clinton and Obama Administrations has told us his thoughts on education in a recent article in the New York Times.

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