Growing minds: National Farmer’s Day

Posted by Molly Underwood on October 12, 2020

Tacos 🌮
Gasoline ⛽️
Sweaters 🧥
Pharmaceuticals 💊

All of these come from our farmers.

From fiber to fuel to food, nearly everything we eat, wear, and use started as a plant or an animal that was raised on a farm. Yes, even our favorite fast-food meals!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Careers, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

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

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

Translating Morse code into learning

Posted by Paige Bowman 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

Code your own story: Interactive storytelling through coding

Posted by Jessica Born on June 11, 2020

Beginning, middle, end. Those are familiar elements of a good story.

They provide the structure to help a reader follow along and convey the intended message.

Coding has similar elements that provide structure too. You might have heard of terms such as head, body, tag, and so on. These enable the code to be executed properly and even help the programmer explain the code if needed.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Coding, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM