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Everything You Need To Know About Robotics in Education and Businesses

RobotLAB new learning platform Engage! K-12 won the Best of Show award from Teach & Learning at TCEA 2017!

Engage! K-12 is an interactive and hands-on learning experience organized by eye-catching themes (such as soccer-playing robots or autonomous cars). Students and teachers can access the browser-based learning ecosystem from any device. A user-friendly interface allows teachers, even those with zero programming experience, to bring their lessons to life with virtual or physical robots.

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Westworld The Series And Two Important Issues


westworld_gunslinger.jpgI first watched Westworld in 1973. It was a science fiction movie written by Michael Crichton and starting Yul Brynner. Yul Brynner’s character was an out-of-control android which killed visitors to a western-themed amusement park. I remember thinking before watching the movie that Yul Brynner was an odd choice of a malefactor: The last time I’d seen him was as the King of Siam in Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical The King and I;  I could not imagine any actor-- no matter how talented--able to make that switch. As it turned out, he was marvelously menacing, and no one in the HBO series Westworld--not even Anthony Hopkins--was his equal.

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PISA Scores Indicates The Importance of Common Core

Are you by any chance familiar with the P I S A test?  Perhaps like me you are acquainted with the test’s dismal results  where American  students are concerned, but the actual name of the test has remained a mystery--until now.

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THE EVOLUTION OF DARWIN-OP FROM THREATENING TO CUTE

I stumbled over this photo and text on the ROBOTIS support site while looking for something interesting on DARWIN-OP:

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Lava NAO and Sky NAO Find a Home At Wellesley Free Library



Here is a riddle: What connects the two newest employees of the Wellesley Free Library and the super-popular Internet game MineCraft?   The answer: a ten-year-old boy named Oliver.

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IBM Watson Helps Teachers Teach Common Core Math

The new common core math standards appear to be the answer to increasing math literacy amongst students. But at the moment the standards are under attack as the popular Internet meme below indicates:

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We choose to go to the moon challenge met by the Silent Generation


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In a recent Apple news article , well known tech consultant Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies, Inc.,  discussed the importance of President John F Kennedy's “we choose to go to the moon speech.” Mr Bajarin believes that that speech given by the president on  September 12, 1962 at Rice Stadium in Houston was crucial in the development of a whole generation of engineers and mathematicians: the very people necessary to this nation's winning  the last century's great space race to the moon. It is Mr Bajarin’s opinion that “by the mid-1980s, without a similar push by either the US.government or the schools to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM for short), we lost almost two decades of youth who chose to go into other fields of learning.”  

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NAO to be Used in Special Education Elective

Great news: a new Robotics Elective to help students learn computer coding will start in September at the NuView Academy of New Jersey . Teachers will also be hosting “Running Robots: Computer Coding & Special Education” - an Action Lab at the New Jersey School Boards Association’s 2016 Workshop in Atlantic City in October.

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