The projects I do tend to fall in one of two buckets – either proof-of-concept (so I can learn new stuff) or items that have some sort of functional use. The need for this project came about when my wife was prodding me about the humidity in the house and whether our humidifier was doing it’s job correctly. Most people would just go out and buy a temp / humidity sensor and be done with it. However, if you have a look around here, you will see that I don’t fit that mold. Instead, I decided to build an accurate temp / humidity sensor with a Sensiron SHT11 to read the values, a RBBB Arduino kit to process everything and an Adafruit 128×32 OLED to display the results – all wrapped up in… LEGO! Read on for more…
At South by Southwest Interactive last month, I debated the future of artificial intelligence with my co-panelists.
The roboticist on the panel argued that AI is an intellectually challenging field where the problems are difficult, and therefore can be solved only by highly intelligent people working on obscure mathematics and algorithms. The future, he argued, will look much like the past: a series of incremental, hard-won improvements in very narrow fields.
I’m sure, a decade ago, the folks at Encyclopedia Britannica would have believed the encyclopedia business was going to remain just the same. But the advent of Wikipedia proved that crowd-sourced knowledge curation provided broader, deeper, and more accurate results than the traditional small pool of experts.
Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and crucial figure in the early history of personal computing, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, his family confirms. He was 83 years old.
Tramiel was born in Poland to a Jewish family in 1928. During World War II, he and his family were sent to Auschwitz, after which he and his father were sent to a labor camp called Ahlem, near Hannover. Tramiel was rescued in April 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1947. In 1984, after being forced to leave the company he founded, Jack bought the crumbling Atari Inc.’s Consumer Division and formed Atari Corporation.
New York’s Collab gives members access to 3-D printers, lasers, industrial equipment, and more in exchange for creative collaborations across industries. Here cofounders Adina and Mark Levin explain why you need an invite to get in–and why you will definitely want one.
The third annual National Robotics Week will be held this week!
We doubled our events in 2011 from our 2010 inaugural year, and hope to reach even more participants in 2012. Stay tuned and look for events near you!
Mark your calendars and watch here for more information.
The purpose of National Robotics Week is to:
Celebrate the US as a leader in robotics technology development
Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields
Why is robotics important?
Robotics technology is a growing industry which creates high-tech jobs in the US
Robotics technologies are helping to improve healthcare, national defense, homeland security, energy, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, agriculture, education, consumer goods, and many other sectors
Robotics provides an exciting, hands-on way for students to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
From April 9th (today) until April 15th at 11:59pm ET, 2012 we’re offering 10% off everything in our robotics category. Use code ROBOTWEEK on check out!
I needed a couple of AA batteries and found the display at the supermarket where they were all arrayed. Normally when I’m shopping in the supermarket, I tend to look at the price/kg or price/l when comparing similar products. In the case of the batteries, there was no such indicator. Fine, I thought, I’ll work it out myself. I grabbed a few different makes and scanned the packaging for some measure of their capacity. Nothing. Not a single one of the batteries had any indicator of how much energy they would provide. Instead, they all had terms like ‘PLUS’, ‘SUPER’, ‘ULTRA’ and of course had wildly differing prices. So, I decided that it was time for an experiment and bought one pack of every type I could find.
All of my requirements sheets are geared toward high school environments. If you require either easier or harder requirements feel free to make a request! My objective on the requirements sheet is to have the students familiar enough with the component that they can use it effectively in their designs and troubleshoot problems when they arise. Please feel free to modify the sheet to fit your needs.
How can you teach in an area that you are not an expert in? For instance, if you have high school students who are interested in programming this semester, but don’t know everything about it. If you wait until you gain the expertise, those students might be in college studying English by then.
This is an awesome question! And it turns out to be one of the things that makes teaching so much fun. Trust me, very few teachers know EVERYTHING about their subject. One of the most important lessons I have learned over my teaching career is that students are people too, just with more attitude. If you try to teach a subject, and come across like you don’t know what you are talking about, they will take advantage of you and the experience becomes a mess. Instead you can try letting the kids know that you are learning the material as well. This allows you to spin your lack of knowledge into an opportunity for the students to help you out. Most of the problems in the classroom stem from the students wanting attention and having the desire to be engaged in the lesson. By giving them responsibility, say in the form of teaching a short lesson to the class, not only do you learn as well, but the kids get a sense of ownership over the lesson and will respect you for it.
With regards to your programming example. You can try assigning different programming languages to small groups of students (no more then 2 per group). Their task is to educate themselves enough to produce a small example program, then present their language to the class and distribute a worksheet that instructs the class to complete the same example program. The neat thing about students is their desire to impress you and their peers. If you can be successful at taking that desire and directing it toward them educating the class, you will have officially rocked as a teacher.
Good luck. Learning is fun!
Next up is Brad with a question about inspiring middle/high school girls to get involved in STEM courses!
Don’t forget, everyone is invited to ask a question!
Just a reminder that the Open Source Hardware Community Survey closes in less than a week on Sunday, April 15th. We’ve had an amazing level of response so far — over 1,000 respondents from 56 countries! To all of you who’ve already responded: THANK YOU!
For those who haven’t taken the survey yet, we invite you to add your own voice. The survey is completely anonymous, no personal or contact information is collected. If you use, study, or build or open source hardware, please visit the survey page and help us get a snapshot of our community.