Automating Robotic Arms

Maplin produce a building kit for a 5 motor robotic arm.  It is brilliant and takes about 3 hours to construct. It costs £29.99 which is a snip for this level of automation.  The five stage motors are controlled by a simple windows interface which allows you to explore its movement: What is really coolContinue reading “Automating Robotic Arms”

Using IO Boards for Scratch

Scratch is just great for teaching programming right up to about 14 years old. The normal game projects can be extended by using interface boards.  The first board I like is the Pico board which can be shown in this video: These can be obtained online from http://proto-pic.co.uk/picoboard/?gclid=CJryk6mI_LsCFSgTwwodbwcATw S4A is a Scratch modification that supports simpleContinue reading “Using IO Boards for Scratch”

inGenious competition – bringing STEM to life

A new competition has been launched to inspire the most creative teaching minds to translate their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects into exciting classroom experiences. The inGenious competition – co-ordinated in the UK by Futurelab at NFER – calls for all teachers in Europe to help their pupils better see theContinue reading “inGenious competition – bringing STEM to life”

Inspiring Educators

1. Marcus’ Marvellous Mathemagicians This is another initiative from the brilliant Oxford Professor.  He has groups of enthusiastic maths students geared up to go out to provide shows mainly at educational institutes.  At the moment these are provided free with expenses being remunerated. Another of Marcus du Sautoy ideas was Maths in the City.  I think thisContinue reading “Inspiring Educators”

Books on Exploring Maths

Shape Makers with Geometers Sketchpad v3 £20.00 Special Price! Strategy Games and Black White Counter Set £9.99 Special Price! Advanced Enigmathics: B Number, Algebra and Statistics £9.95 Special Price! The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets £14.99 Special Price! Mathematical Models £12.00 Special Price! Advanced Enigmathics: A Measurement and Geometry £9.95 Special Price! Junior Mini MathematicalContinue reading “Books on Exploring Maths”

robotics teaching tips

This comes from Lego and is really useful as a guide: Robotics Teaching Tips Options ‎10-31-2013 04:18 PM Robotics Teaching Tips – John Heffernan In this section, I pass along some teaching tips and other observation from teaching robotics for eight years. Kids very aware of their schoolwork and teacher’s methods.  Be thoughtful about your methodsContinue reading “robotics teaching tips”