Consumer robot company iRobot Corp. recently acquired Root Robotics, which caters primarily to K-12. The latter's educational "Root" coding robot grew out of a summer research project in 2011 at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
KinderLab Robotics has debuted an Advanced Coding Extension Set and curriculum for its KIBO robots.
A college preparatory school in Florida has opened a new STEAM center on its campus using refurbished shipping containers. Maclay School in Tallahassee introduced three student lab centers, each with a different focus.
A public library is using a robot to teach kids and adults coding, among other job duties. Pepper, a new member of the crew at Carroll County Public Library in Maryland, is a "humanoid," a human-like robot, who can strike up a conversation, dance or tell a story.
A traveling college workshop is teaching kids (and their adults) to program with robots in Illinois. Rock Valley College's "Learn Coding with Robots" workshop teaches attendees how to use colored lines and drag-and-drop coding to control inch-high robots named Bit, from Ozobot.
The Panasonic Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation are collaborating to launch four academies to teach code as a second language to middle school and high school students.
Undergraduate seniors in the United States showed much higher levels of skill in computer science than their peers in China, India and Russia. A research project led by Stanford University's Prashant Loyalka in the Graduate School of Education made the discovery after testing students on a two-hour standardized exam given in the same languages their classes were delivered in.
The new center features fabrication equipment and a full-sized FIRST Robotics field for practice. Among the users will be regional robotics teams, the high school's own robotics club (the "Tractor Technicians"), the middle school robotics club ("Tractor Technicians in Training") and various elementary-level groups.
Content covers coding, engineering design, drones, cybersecurity and mobile app development. In the future, according to the company, curriculum will also cover animation, data analysis and artificial intelligence. The company said the lessons adhere to Next Generation Science Standards.
Nintendo is releasing its fourth do-it-yourself cardboard kit this week. Nintendo Labo VR KIT provides an introduction to virtual reality.
Coding competitions drive critical thinking and help students develop workforce skills. Here’s a look inside the recent state finals for the New Hampshire Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, held at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham.
Stetson University's HackerSpace recently hosted both college students and high schoolers, who convened on the DeLand campus to participate in computer science challenges, a gaming tournament and workshops.