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Education World STEM News Roundup

This week's, the news we've found is all about the technological advances that not only inspire students to pursue their own future contributions, but teach them to realize the every-day practices and values in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We see technology and tools incorporated into games such as magnetic laser blocks and robot battles. Let's not forget that practical applications such as mapping and 3D printing can be so intriguing to students that they seem like games as well.

 

Laser Classroom Introduces Revolutionary Photonics Building Blocks

The Minneapolis-based startup Laser Classroom has developed an educational tool using light, laser and optics technology. "Laser Blox" are magnetic, stackable lasers available in three wavelengths: red, green and violet. Using mirrors and frosted lenses, teachers can use Light Blox to illustrate basic concepts in photonics.  Read the full story.

 

Battle Robots 'Mecha Monsters' Created For STEM Education

The UK-based startup tech company, Reach Robotics, have developed the worlds first robot gaming system with educational merit. The robots were made fully accessible for development and customization, and the software could act as an introduction to programming. "The Mecha robots were created to fulfill an essential role with STEM education," Robotics Today reports. "Mecha Monsters provide an engaging and accessible route into robotics, coding and mechanics for children and adults." Read the full story.

 

Former Engineering Students Create STEM Education Robot

Two alumni at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, Daryl Stimm and William Mutterspaugh, have designed and built the Ruku Robot. Ruku Robot is a small, Rubik's Cube-solving robot that can be assembled from a kit by students of any age. The goal of this invention was to engage young students in the subjects emphasizing in STEM. "One of our main goals is to get girls interested in STEM," Stimm is reported to say. "The Rubik's Cube is a gender neutral toy." After a successful Kickstarter campaign, The Ruku Robot is currently in production, and will also come with prepared teacher and student lesson plans. Read the full story.

 

3D Printing Integrated Into School Curriculum for Girls in Africa

The Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) is a global non-profit with the goal of creating rich learning environments within low-income communities. Their most recent project is a campaign to raise funds in order to buy 3D printing equipment and software for classrooms in Africa. The campaign has until February 10th to reach a goal of $10,000. Read the full story.

 

Singapore Schools Implement Advanced Smart Mapping Technology

Students at the Kranji Secondary School in Singapore are using state-of-the-art mapping technology to learn and discover facts and figures about major city and tourist destination, Kampong Glam. The technology was designed by Esri Singapore, a leading geospatial solutions provider. "While using new tools such as Esri Singapore's ArcGIS Online made the class more engaging, I think the real value we gained is the students' sense of ownership towards their data and the satisfaction they felt when they saw all their data coming together on a map," said teacher Mdm Rosmiliah Kasmin. and Read the full story.

 

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Compiled by Samantha DiMauro, Education World Contributor

1/14/2015

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