A Honeybee’s Helpful Robot

Drones Could Replace the Honey Bee Drones could replace the honey bee. Most of us are aware of the honeybee crisis. The environmentally sustaining species – pollinating 80% of the world – have been dying out at a surprising rate. So, scientists in Japan have been working on a backup plan, just in case: Pollinator …

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Makey Makey a New Addition to Coding Camp

Makey Makey – A New Addition to Coding Camp

Classroom Antics is adding invention components from Makey Makey to our Computer Programming camp this summer. The entire curriculum has been refreshed and enhanced to include new electrical engineering concepts and hacks. We are accomplishing this using software programming in Scratch and hardware tools from Makey Makey. This tech camp really lets kids get creative with coding. …

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Resources for Scratch

Resources to Encourage Coding with Scratch

“All of my friends who have younger siblings who are going to college or high school – my number one piece of advice is: You should learn how to program.”  -Mark Zuckerberg After an exciting week of learning computer programming at Tech Camp, you want to capitalize on your child’s enthusiasm and keep them coding at home. …

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Girls-Only Camps

Are Girls-Only Camps the Answer?

“If you don’t feel a sense of belonging, if you don’t feel like you’re being supported, you’re more likely to leave.” -Maria Klawe of Harvey Mudd College Source: Girls just want to code. The trick is making sure they don’t stop – CNET Feelings on Girls-Only Camps The story above was posted on CNET today. …

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What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative, during the week of December 9-15, 2013, to get children introduced to computer programming. It is designed to demystify what programming is (also known as coding) and show students that everyone can learn this life-long skill. President Obama calls on Every American to Learn Code. What is Programming? …

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Merit Badges Align with Camps

BSA Merit Badges Align with Our Camps

By the end of 2014, there will be a focus on STEM Boy Scout Merit Badges that align with our technology camps: Robotics, Game Design, Animation, and Programming! Here are the details for each badge: Robotics BSA Merit Badge We discussed the Robotics Merit Badge in 2011 when the badge first came out. At the …

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