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JIMU Robot BuilderBot Series: Overdrive Kit is robotics made LEGO-easy

JIMU Robot BuilderBot Series: Overdrive Kit is robotics made LEGO-easy

Revealed today was the new JIMU Robot BuilderBots Series: Overdrive Kit. It's a box of blocks and power pieces that exist to introduce kids to STEM learning. In the box is "over 400 parts" that can potentially create two unique robots - DozerBot and DirtBot - as well as countless other unique robot oddities.

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Sphero BOLT robot returns the focus to education

Sphero BOLT robot returns the focus to education

Sphero's licensed products have received the lion's share of attention in recent years, but today, the company is making something of a return to form. Today, Sphero announced the BOLT, a round robot that immediately brings to mind images of the SPRK and the original Sphero for those who remember the company's roots. With the BOLT, the focus is back on education, as this new little robot is all about STEAM learning.

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Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Today we're having a peek at the newly revealed and newly-public "most accurate" high resolution terrain map of Antarctica. This is REMA, or the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. Straight from the folks at Ohio State University, this map is made by what its creators say is "applying fully automated, stereo auto-correlation techniques to overlapping pairs of high-resolution optical satellite images."

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Minecraft: Education Edition comes to iPad next month

Minecraft: Education Edition comes to iPad next month

Today, Microsoft announced that Minecraft: Education Edition will soon be available on a new platform. Roughly two years after first releasing, Minecraft: Education Edition is heading to iPad. This is a big move for Microsoft, because it means that teachers will no longer be limited to Windows 10 and macOS devices to run the game.

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Alexa is about to invade one US college campus

Alexa is about to invade one US college campus

It seems that even Alexa is participating in the back to school rush this year. Today, Saint Louis University announced that it will outfit "every student residence hall room and student apartment on campus" with an Alexa device. All told, that means SLU is outfitting student living spaces with around 2,300 Echo Dots.

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Opinion: France’s total ban on smartphones in schools is too extreme

Opinion: France’s total ban on smartphones in schools is too extreme

A few days ago, French lawmakers passed legislation that was written to protect children from growing up like zombies enslaved to their smartphones and tablets. Such mobile devices will be banned in schools for children up to 15 years of age, both inside and outside classes. While it’s definitely easy to see this as a victory against the smartphone addiction that is plaguing society, it could actually end up doing more harm than good when these kids become ill-prepared to face the realities of modern life.

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Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit teaches kids to code a magic wand

Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit teaches kids to code a magic wand

Kano has launched a new coding kit that helps kids build their own magic wands. Called the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit, this set includes both the hardware and software needed to make a Harry Potter fan's world a bit magical while teaching valuable coding skills that help build the foundation for a future career. The kit won't be available until October 1, but Kano has it up for pre-order with a limited free item tossed in.

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Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo has probably struck gold twice with the Switch, first with the console itself and then with its Labo platform. The cardboard-based educational platform was meant to teach younger owners things like programming and crafting but naturally appealed to users of all ages. To test that goal, Nintendo announced a Creators Contest last month, looking for innovative creations using the platform. And boy did they get open the floodgates of creativity, whimsy, and, in a way, insanity.

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Apple Back to School deal: free Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3

Apple Back to School deal: free Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3

Apple has revealed its latest Back to School promotion, a deal it offers every summer for college students and faculty who are looking for a new laptop or tablet. This year, in addition to its usual student perks, Apple is offering various Beats headphones for free, assuming the customer purchases a new Mac computer or an iPad Pro.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets Android-like features

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets Android-like features

While Google is probably wishing the world forgot about its less than stellar history with Android tablets, it isn’t writing out the device form factor completely. It is, instead, reframing tablets within the context of Chrome OS, particularly with its first tablet, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. But in order to do that, it has to bring some features over from Android to Chrome OS, which is what it’s doing now with its education-themed update.

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Wikipedia will be printed on tiny metal plates and sent to the moon

Wikipedia will be printed on tiny metal plates and sent to the moon

A non-profit called Arch Foundation is hoping to send millions of Wikipedia pages to the moon, only with a twist: they'll be "written" on small metal plates. The pages will be sourced from the English version of Wikipedia, and assuming everything goes according to plan, the content will be on the lunar surface within the next couple years. The total archive size will be similar to a CD.

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Fortnite esports scholarship arrives at Ashland University this fall

Fortnite esports scholarship arrives at Ashland University this fall

Ashland University, a private university located in Ashland, Ohio, is the first of its kind to add Fortnite to its esports gaming list. The university's head coach Josh Buchanan announced the addition on Wednesday, expressing an optimistic outlook about the title and its massive popularity. Players with the university will have a chance to get an esports scholarship.

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