Robotics, circuitry, invention, and even brain wave sensing - experimental technology assists us by solving human problems as well as introducing new ways of teaching and learning. NOTE: Additional items may be required, like a computer or mobile device with internet access, and/or a free app download.
Cubelets Robot Blocks
No mobile device required, but you will need to charge the THINK Cubelet via USB. Apple or Android mobile device with bluetooth capability and app download from Apple App Store or Google Play optional to experience programming functions. Compatible with most Apple and Android mobile devices.
Every complex system is made up of smaller, very simple pieces that interact to create something bigger. Cubelets are small snap-together magnetic blocks that help teach how robotics work.
There are three types of cubelets: SENSE Cubelets, which are inputs. Inputs take in information like light, distance, and temperature. THINK Cubelets are little brains. They process information and send signals in the right direction. ACT Cubelets are outupts. They do things like make sounds, spin around, and light up.
To get started, simply connect a SENSE, THINK, and ACT Cubelet together and watch robot behaviors emerge. The enclosed recipe book will give you some ideas on how the sensors interact. Get the basics down and you can invent thousands of robots from your imagination. View Cubelets' full getting started guide, with an extended recipe book.
Download the Cubelets app to transform your robot into a remote controlled robot, and read data sensor values on your mobile device. You can also optionally download the Cubelets Blockly coding environment which allows you to customize your robot via syntax-free drag and drop programming.
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LittleBits KORG Synth Kit
This item does not require any additional items and can be used alone. Plugging in to headphones or speakers is optional.
Explore the science of sound while creating modular instruments with this magnetic snap-together do-it-yourself synthesizer, co-designed by world renouned electronic music maker, KORG.
For further instructions, suggestions, and ideas, look at the LittleBits KORG guidebook.
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This item requires a computer with USB ports. Most projects require internet access.
Learn how to create circuits and understand how they work with Makey Makey. Makey Makey is an interactive "invention" tool, allowing the user to create controller buttons that can interface with any computer. Makey Makey works like a USB keyboard or mouse by sending keyboard (WASD, spacebar, etc.) and mouse (left click, right click, etc.) signals to your computer.
Makey Makey Classic works through opening and closing circuits, just like any other button. Instead of the circuit being closed underneath your computer keyboard, the circuit is closed through conductive objects you connect with alligator clips like your hand, certain fruits, or some tinfoil. When the circuit is closed, the Makey Makey sends a command to your computer, like when a button is pressed on a keyboard.
- View projects that have been created using Makey Makey.
- View a quickstart guide that gives a general intro to the device and how to use it, along with simple flash games that can be played while using Makey Makey.
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Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband
Requires a mobile device with bluetooth capability: app download is free. Compatible with only iPhone 4s and higher, iPad 3 and higher, iPad mini 1 and higher and iPod Touch (5th Gen) and higher. View the full list of compatible/uncompatible devices.
NOTE: Earphones/Headphones strongly recommended, but not required.
Muse is a "personal meditation assistant" headband that contains six sensors which physically touch the user's forehead and wraps around their ears. After a short calibration period, the Muse app plays relaxing sounds such as those of the beach or rainforest. While you meditate, the headband measures whether the user's mind is calm or active, and translates those signals into guiding sounds (birds or stormy weather).
When the user is calm, they will hear peaceful weather sounds. When the user's mind wanders, the weather will intensify.
After a meditation session, the user can review their data, set goals, and build a personalized meditation practice based on custom downloadable sessions. The goal, over time, is to maintain a sense of calm and train the brain to refocus in the wake of the distractions of everyday life.
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Sphero Sprk + Robot
Sphero SPRK+ requires a mobile device with bluetooth capability. App download(s) also required. SPRK Lightning Lab app required for programming, regular Sphero app required for play. Compatible with most iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile devices.
- Watch videos of Sphero Sprk+ in action.
- View activities and coding curriculum for Sphero.
- Read a white paper describing Sphero's tech specs, gyroscopic insides and how it's being used in education.
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