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Education

— Digital Cameras

Build your own digital snapper with the Bigshot DIY camera kit

These days, spur of the moment memories will probably be captured for posterity (or Facebook) using a smartphone camera, but there are still a few of us who prefer to carry a compact camera around. If your interest in photography extends to learning what goes on under the hood of a modern camera, however, options are limited, and will likely void any warranties should you take the DIY route. The Bigshot camera has been developed precisely with inquisitive youngsters and aging tinkerers in mind. It's shipped as a self-build kit that includes everything needed to make a fully working camera, by following step-by-step online instructions. Read More
— Computers

Tynker introduces your kids to programming code either at home or at school

The skills involved in programming are in many ways a lesson in life. Coding requires both logical and creative thinking which in turn leads to a greater ability to solve problems. Technology is shaping our world and our future and understanding computers and coding is an integral part of that future. Tynker, a California based education company aims to teach your kids programming using a visual platform and is targeting 8-14 year olds with a 16 week course that promises both fun and learning. Read More
— Children

Walmart debut for OLPC XO Tablet

For the last few years, non-profit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has been steadily producing rugged, low-cost, low-power connected laptops for children in the developing world. 2.5 million units and 60 countries later, and its latest learning package is headed for decidedly First World hands courtesy of Walmart. Made by Vivitar, the 7-inch XO Tablet features a unique Dreams interface that organizes content by aspirational topics rather than by apps. Everything has been checked for age-appropriateness by Common Sense Media, and parents get to control what their offspring are able get up to on the Android device, as well as keep tabs on learning progress. Read More
— Environment

Crowdfunded solar-powered classroom leaves the grid

Aaron Sebens and his class of fourth-graders from the Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina hit Kickstarter back in March to try and raise enough money for their classroom to go off-grid. A rather modest target of US$800 was smashed within a day by the kindness of the international community and, at campaign end, the kids found themselves with the handsome sum of $5,817 to spend on the purchase and installation of a roof-mounted solar energy harvesting system. A wind turbine was added to the shopping list, and just two months later, the 208ers threw a huge "Flip the Switch" party to celebrate leaving the grid. Sebens reports that the classroom has been running on renewables ever since. Read More
— Wearables

AR glasses let profs know if students are understanding their lectures

It must be hard for university professors ... they tell their students to shout out if they don’t understand what’s being said in a lecture, yet few students are likely to feel comfortable raising their hand in front of the class and saying “I don’t get it.” Scientists at Spain’s la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are hoping to address that situation, with a set of augmented reality glasses that let profs see who’s “not getting it,” without those students having to say so verbally. Read More
— Automotive

Minddrive electric Karmann Ghia powered by social media ... sort of

Working with Minddrive mentors, a group of at-risk teenagers has restored a beat up 1967 VW Karmann Ghia and converted it to battery-electric power. The newly-painted and freshly-buffed vehicle will shortly begin a rather interesting journey from Kansas City to Washington. The car has been fitted with a device that monitors social network traffic relating to the project and for every tweet, like or share registered, battery juice points are generated. If there's no social buzz, the car doesn't go anywhere. Read More
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