Blog Posts

Smarter robots: Get a sense of these new expansion opportunities

Posted by Aaron Locke on September 24, 2020

Everything is getting smarter these days – from smart devices to smart cars, from smart appliances to smart homes. Now, with the addition of these new sensors, your TETRIX® robots can become smarter as well. Sensors gather input about a robot’s environment and turn that input into data the robot can use.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Engineering, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning

Changing the game: FIRST® Tech Challenge season ready

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 22, 2020

FIRST® recently announced the new game for the 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge season, ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm, and it’s definitely a game changer in the robotics world!

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Topics: Middle School, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Culture, FIRST Tech Challenge, Resources, Coding, TETRIX Robotics

Video gaming brings STEM skills to life

Posted by Admin on September 10, 2020

Video games have become quite the pastime. They’re a good way to bring family and friends together for work or competition or just a way to unwind with a good story after a long day. With social distancing, most gaming platforms have seen a huge increase in both demand and the amount of users, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your mind fresh!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Science, Technology, STEM, Resources, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Virtual Reality

STEMspired books that encourage

Posted by Preston Frazier on August 13, 2020

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
– Charles W. Eliot

I am a huge fan of books. Self-help books. Funny books. Sports biography books. History books. Cookbooks (hey, I like food 😊). You name it, and I’ll probably read it. You probably think I’m joking, but I’ve been known to pick up even a dictionary and read that too!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Activities, STEAM

Translating Morse code into learning

Posted by Admin on July 23, 2020

When I was young, there was one day that my dad kept making these weird noises. “Daw, dee dee, daw, daw, daw.” I was very, very confused by these seemingly random sounds he was making, but then he said it was actually a sort of secret language. Talk about catching a kid’s interest! He was explaining Morse code to me and showed me the alphabet as it’s written — dots and dashes.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Culture, Technology, Trends, Resources, Coding, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM