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mrdon
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Re: Crafty idea to spark interest in robotics
mrdon   7/16/2012 2:33:55 PM
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Hi Beth,

I have a meeting scheduled with the Huntsville Public Library to talk about STEM initiatives and how they can support it. Yes, girls definitely need to be part of the tech revolution that is going on and kits like the one discuss in your article will help to motivate them.

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Beth Stackpole   7/16/2012 10:06:00 AM
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As a parent with kids in middle and soon to be high school (and public school, to boot)  I'm seeing far more focus on STEM offerings and definitely some effort to slant the curriculum towards girls. All good stuff and this is just another example of some of the tools they can take advantage of.

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Re: Crafty idea to spark interest in robotics
mrdon   7/15/2012 11:44:41 PM
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STEM is live and well and the Hummingbird kit is just another example of tools created to inspire and motivate the engineers of tomorrow, our children. Nice article!

Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   7/13/2012 9:23:46 AM
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I agree Nancy, that this kit will do a lot to encourage girls to explore areas of interest they likely would never have explored if left to traditional robotics and engineering training. I have both a son and daughter and while my son played with Legos and Lego Mindstorm, my daughter wouldn't have touched Mindstorm with a 10-foot pole. But this kit would definitely make her take a second look.

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Nancy Golden   7/13/2012 1:12:37 AM
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I agree Jennifer - I love the creativity that can be introduced into these projects. Lego Mindstorm from what I have seen attracts mostly boys - they do classes at our local rec center. I can just picture an eigth grade girl designing a butterfly flapping its wings to put in her room using paper towel tubes and cardboard with paint and glitter...and learning all about programming, sensors and servo motors in the process...

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Re: Crafty idea to spark interest in robotics
chrisbartley   7/12/2012 10:36:27 PM
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Beth: The "crafty little man" was intended to be Ringo Starr.  :-)

 

Video is here:  http://robotdiaries.posterous.com/beatlebot-ringo-video

Curriculum is here: http://robotdiaries.posterous.com/latest-postings-by-diane-lally

 

Charles:  The Hummingbird can indeed be programmed using a (open source) visual programming environment.  It's available here:  http://artsandbots.com/visualprogrammer/  Support for Snap, another visual programming environment, is coming soon.  More advanced users can program it in Java or Processing, with other languages coming soon.  See here for more info: http://www.hummingbirdkit.com/?q=content/software

 

(full disclosure: I work for the CREATE Lab and wrote the majority of the Hummingbird's software)

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Charles Murray   7/12/2012 10:06:25 PM
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Yes, TJ, this does seem similar to Lego Mindstorms. I wonder if it uses a graphical programming language, as Mindstorms does.

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Rob Spiegel   7/12/2012 2:41:21 PM
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Nice story, and cool video, Jenn. There's a lot going on in engineering toys these days -- after about two decades with almost nothing. These new versions are more complex than the Erector Sets and Heath Kits of my childhood. Snap Circuits is another engineering toy.

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TJ McDermott   7/12/2012 11:36:42 AM
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Lego Mindstorm has a logic controller at its heart, with sensors and servos for inputs and outputs.  Build a mechanism, program the controller, and watch your creation move.

Yes, you're limited to Lego hardware, but then again, when was someone LIMITED by Lego?

My statement about low cost was creating motion with paper (as shown in the image), compared to Lego (which has never been called a low-cost toy).

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Crafty idea to spark interest in robotics
Jennifer Campbell   7/12/2012 11:07:38 AM
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TJ, I'm not familiar with Lego Mindstorm. Am I correct in assuming, though, that several different things can be built, but that they must be built from the Lego kit? What I like about this is that the sky's the limit in terms of materials.

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