STEAM: Don’t Forget The Arts!

We’re familiar with STEM now: science, technology, engineering, and math. We know STEM is the future of the marketplace, and there’s a growing movement, complete with a whole coalition to raise awareness and take action for education in these subjects. It is vital that we keep the STEM movement in the forefront if we want to …

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World Robot Olympiad 2011

USA Missing at World Robot Olympiad

On November 18-20, 2011, Abu Dhabi will play host to the 8th annual World Robot Olympiad (WRO). World Robot Olympiad is an event where teams of three students, create, design, and build robot models using LEGO Mindstorm NXT. Teams compete in one of three competition categories guided by their teachers and coaches. This year over …

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Scratch is like LEGO building

Scratch Programming is like LEGO Building

What is Scratch Programming? Scratch is a programming language for kids that makes it easy to create. It uses a visual-based interface that is like a LEGO building. With this software kids make their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. In addition, they can even share their creations on the web and collaborate with …

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Homemade Roomba

Homemade Roomba

Every parent knows the importance of investing in their child’s education because it will pay off in the long run. Now, I’m all for giving their child the best possible opportunities for success. But, what about today. Now thanks to Classroom Antics and LEGO Mindstorm NXT you don’t have to wait for the payoff. In …

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Video Games New Way to Learn

The New Way to Learn, Video Games

While few disagree you learn more from experiences than from books, many don’t count playing a video game as learning.  However, there are a few experts that are beginning to challenge that idea. Recently Dr. James Paul Gee, a professor at Arizona State University and leading authority on literature and educational games, gave a talk …

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STEM

STEM is the New Three R’s

In a world of twitter and texting, it is not uncommon to find creative abbreviations for large words or series of phrases. But in the case of STEM, it is an abbreviation for a very large concept.  STEM has become a common acronym, particularly among policy advocates and government officials, to refer to the fields …

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