In the time of engineering games and toys for children, everyone from Kibo, Jewelbots, and even Fisher Price are getting into the action. So which toys are best to introduce your kids to the big world of programming?
Learning to code teaches kids the mental discipline for breaking down problems logically and then solving them—a skillset that everyone can use. “We don’t expect all students to become computer scientists,” says Troy Williams, computer science integration manager at Chicago Public Schools. “But all students, no matter what their career [goals], can benefit from computational thinking.”
Middleburg Community Charter School students had a special surprise Wednesday morning. Senior Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, visited a fifth-grade coding class before speaking to the entire school. Trump was joined by Microsoft President Brad Smith and Hadi Partovi, founder of code.org and the Hour of Code program, to speak on the importance of STEM, computer science and coding.
If you’re looking to beef up your developer teams, don’t discount talent from coding bootcamps. Many bootcamp graduates are eager to make a career change, get back into the workforce after a leave period or simply add to their existing coding skills. But how can you gauge the quality of the large array of bootcamps to ensure your talent has the coding chops to excel?
CSAIL director Daniela Rus, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, hopes people will be able to use the system to incorporate robots that can help with everyday tasks, and that similar systems with rapid printing technologies will enable large-scale customization and production of robots.
LEGO® Education announced today new resources designed for teachers and students to explore coding -- including free lesson plans, online courses for teachers and an invitation to all schools and after-school programs to participate in the new FIRST® LEGO League and FIRST® LEGO League Jr. Challenge season.
Meant for girls ages 6 and up, the robot will help girls learn to see science, technology, engineering and math in a new light.SmartGurlz is a toy brand whose line of self-balancing robots and action dolls encourage young women to become programmers.
Coding boot camps were supposed to be the next big thing in higher education, promising a compressed, career-focused alternative to traditional graduate school. In the past five years, startups offering these programs have raised millions in investment and won praise from policymakers as an innovative way to prepare (or retrain) workers for the jobs of the digital future.
Cables and screwdrivers cover every corner of a partitioned room where different kids build new robots each week, making cardboard mazes to test their robot trucks or duck their heads as fist-sized drones whiz by. This mechanical playground, Robolink, is a San Diego-based educational technology company, which conducts an annual program that teaches science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fundamentals to K-12 students through the building and programming of robots.