Coding and Robotics

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If you haven’t already, you should take a read of this article from the Globe and Mail.<b>Coding for kids: another silly fad</b>While at it, it’s worth …

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Coding for kids: another silly fad

Nothing is cuter than pictures of kids sitting at their computers, mastering skills their parents never dreamed of. And nothing is more popular than the current idea that all our children should learn to code.<p>“Most jobs in the future will most likely have some sort of connection to coding,” Navdeep …

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Circuit Playground meets Scratch—Physical Computing for Kindergartners

While most of my posts are about children and how I educate them through STEM-related projects, this post is mostly technical. It is behind the …

Arduino

Announcing Microsoft MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express |

The Microsoft MakeCode team is proud to announce a great partnership with our good friends at <b>Adafruit Industries</b>. Over the last several months we …

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INTRODUCTION & OBJECTIVES:   I is a simple system, using Arduino to automate the irrigation and watering of small potted plants or crops. This system does the control of soil moisture, doing indications via LEDs and in case of dry soil emitting a alarm beep. In case of dry soil it will activate the irrigation system pumping water for watering plants. The system uses a LCD display to notify all actions that are taking place and a real time clock.     The Theory (from Wikipedia): Water content or moisture content is the quantity of water contained in a material, such as soil (called soil moisture), rock, ceramics, fruit, or wood. Water content is used in a wide range of scientific and technical areas, and is expressed as a ratio, which can range from 0 (completely dry) to the value of the materials' porosity at saturation. It can be given ...

Introduction: WATERING SYSTEM - INTRODUCTION<p><b>INTRODUCTION & OBJECTIVES:</b> <br>I is a simple system, using Arduino to automate the irrigation and watering of …

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Learning to Think Like a Computer

In “The Beauty and Joy of Computing,” the course he helped conceive for nonmajors at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Garcia explains an all-important concept in computer science — abstraction — in terms of milkshakes.<p>“There is a reason when you go to the ‘Joy of Cooking’ and you want …

DIY Pan and Tilt Network Security Cam with Raspberry Pi

Learn how to make a remotely viewable pan and tilt security camera with a Raspberry Pi. This project can be completed in a morning with only the …

Raspberry Pi

Arduino -automatic watering system for your "desk" flower (or plant). The whole procedure is very easy and you can complete this guide in about 30 min. The goal is to automatically watered the plant when the soil moisture decreases, so we will use one "soil hygrometer" sensor for this measurement. For watering, we will use one small air-pump motor that will blowing air into the bottle from one small pipe! The pressure will throw the water from the other pipe to our plant.I used the Adafruit Trinket Pro board for my system but if you want you can also use the Arduino uno, Arduino Pro mini or Arduino nano board.So, let's get started!

Introduction: Arduino Automatic Watering System<p>In this Instructables guide I will show you how to make your own - Arduino -automatic watering system …

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A Solar Powered Arduino Uno

Our project is to determine the appropriate solar panel to run an Arduino Uno during the day, and charge a battery enough to run it overnight. To do …

Arduino

You’re Teaching the Wrong Programming Language

No, really you are. If someone hasn’t told you this yet it’s probably because too few people know what programming language you are teaching. Of …

Programming

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing

Advertisement<p>You’ve probably heard of 3D printing. It was supposed to be the new “Industrial Revolution.” People would be able to fabricate anything …

3D Printing

Using MIT App Inventor to Control Arduino - the Basics

We all have a smartphone. Now, with that statement of the obvious, let me ask you this. Why is your Arduino hardly ever connected to your smartphone. …

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Scratch Programming Tutorial

Scratch Introduction<p>Getting Started<p>Scratch Blocks<p>Motion Looks Sound Event Control Sensing Operators Pen Data More...

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Arduino Bluetooth Basic Tutorial

Ever thought of controlling any electronic devices with your smart phone ?Controlling your robot or any other devices with your smartphone will be …

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Hummingbird Duo Datasheet | Hummingbird Robotics Kit

Introduction<p>This document describes the electrical characteristics of the Hummingbird Duo Controller and Duo kit parts.<p>Table of Contents<p>1. …

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Arduino Programming | Hummingbird Robotics Kit

The Arduino programming language is the main language used to program Arduino and Arduino-based microcontroller boards like Hummingbird Duo. The …

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From Dabbling to Doing: 6 Tools That Excite Kids About Coding

<b>By Tanner Higgin, Common Sense Education</b>It’s clear coding and computer science have become key priorities in K-12 education. From Code.org’s massive …

Learning

Garage Door Opener Logs to Google Drive

A garage door opener is a pretty classic hack around these parts. IR, Bluetooth, WiFi, smartphone controlled, web interfaces — we’ve seen it all. But …

Home Automation

SpriteKit Tutorial: Create an Interactive Children’s Book with SpriteKit and Swift 3

<i>Update 01/20/17:</i> Updated for Swift 3, iOS 10 and Xcode 8 by Caroline Begbie. Original tutorial by Tammy Coron, and previously updated by Jorge …

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IOT Based Air Pollution Monitoring System using Arduino & MQ135 Sensor

In this project we are going to make an <b>IOT Based Air Pollution Monitoring System</b> in which we will <b>monitor the Air Quality over a webserver using</b> …

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myDevices Cayenne — World's First Drag-and-drop Raspberry Pi And Arduino Project Builder

<i>Short Bytes: myDevices Cayenne is an Internet of Things project builder that makes it easy for anyone to create new things with Raspberry Pi and</i> …

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The Gender Skills Gap Is Getting Even Worse, Says New Research

The share of women in computer science jobs is on the decline, says new research. The good news? Business owners, educators, and parents can still reverse course, and even triple the number by 2025.<p>Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to get more women involved …

Kids can now program Dash and Dot robots through Swift Playgrounds

A startup called Wonder Workshop is teaching kids how to code using Swift.<p>Founded in 2012, Wonder Workshop makes toy robots, called Dash and Dot, that kids can control with programs they create using Wonder Workshop apps, which feel more like casual games than desktop scripting tools. The apps …

One Wire Waterproof Temperature Sensor

Introduction<p>This is a waterproofed version of the DS18B20 Temperature sensor. Handy for when you need to measure something far away, or in wet …

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What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking?

In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us …

Computer Science

5 Tips for Learning Coding (With No Prior Experience)

The only way to develop a comprehensive understanding of coding is by first building a foundational knowledge of how and why programming does certain things.<p>At a time when certain job professions are withering away at the hands of technology and automation, there's one skill set that continues to …