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  • Blog Post: Be The Robot

    One of the issues with computer science is that some people would rather move atoms than pixels. That is to say that virtual objects, even if they involve images on a screen, are less compelling to some than physical objects doing actual work in the real world. Robots have long been involved in the connection...
  • Blog Post: Robotics @ Home Competition

    The Micro soft Robotics team has released a new software stack for controlling robots  – RDS4 Beta . There are a couple of very exciting new additions in this beta: Uses Kinect for the eyes A new reference design for consumer robots – write code once, run it on any robot. You can see a lot more...
  • Blog Post: Time To Cut The Cake

    I ran across a couple of cool Lego links yesterday. One of was this link to Robots for Everyone: Getting Kids Interested in Programming with Legos which talks about how educators are using Lego Mindstorms and other kits to get students interested in STEM fields and especially programming. Lego is a pretty...
  • Blog Post: FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum (WIST) - November 5, 2010

    FIRST, the people who bring us a whole range of robotics competitions and more, are once again hosting their annual FIRST Women in Science & Technology Forum . The people I have talked to who have attended or brought/sent young women have all raved about it. If you know high school girls who are...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 13 September 2010

    Lots of good links this week. And if you are visiting via the web I wrote a rare week-end post on Object Oriented Programming.Design that I hope you’ll take a look at. Also most of these links were sent out first on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter at @ AlfredTwo . The speaker presentations from...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 9 August 2010

    What a week. My son was married a week ago. I picked him and his bride up from their honeymoon last night. In between I took a trip to Texas for a Microsoft conference and celebrated my birthday while away. At least my bride was with me and I was able to meet up with my brother and sister in law who...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic is Moving And Other Resources On the BDLC

    Small Basic is now part of the Beginning Developer Learning Center . Looks like the whole landing page for the BDLC has been updated as well. Check out the Kids’s Corner for links for: Small Basic for Small Wonders Robotics with LEGO Mindstorms C# For Sharp Kids VB For Very Bright Kids...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 1 February 2010

    All sorts of good things last week. Tops among them was a visit to Stevens Institute of Technology for a workshop with a great group of high school computer science teachers. You’ll see more posts on the things I learned there during the course of the week. But here now some links that I hope you will...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 18 January 2010

    When it rains it pours! I spent last week at FETC in Florida but kept a weather eye out for interesting things to pass on via Twitter (follow me on Twitter @ AlfredTwo ) and this blog. There sure was a lot going on. This is a larger post that usual which I guess is a good thing. Read though and I’m sure...
  • Blog Post: Starter Resources for Robotics Learning

    iRobot is probably the best known robotics company in the US. Their Roomba vacuuming robots and other household robots are widely used all over the place including my house. Their military robots are saving lives on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Recently they opened a new web site with resources...
  • Blog Post: Who’s Afraid of Smart Machines?

    On top of the discussion about robo-ethicists wanting to revisit Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics I saw several pointers to a New York Times article called Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man . Will we have thinking machines that are self-aware and smarter than humans? One of the famous papers...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links July 27th 2009

    Computers and vision – what’s up with that? Things we do with our eyes without out a seconds thought are difficult for computers. From Scott Lum  (@ scottlum ) I learned about a page outlining Computer imaging & vision projects from Microsoft Research Fascinating stuff. Paolo Barone (@ pbarone...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links June 22 2009

    It’s the end of the year for a lot of us. Not the calendar year of course but the school year or the fiscal year. I’ve been working on my input for my year end review a lot this week. And doing some preparation for NECC (I’ll be there from Friday of this week on – hope to see some of you there.) and...
  • Blog Post: It’s in the eyes

    I’m a big fan of FIRST Robotics . From the programs like FIRST Lego League for middle school students to the FIRST Tech Challenge and up to the “varsity” FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) I love it all. I saw it transform students from being almost unaware of engineering to excited and motivated to follow...
  • Blog Post: Useful Web Links for Computer Science Teachers

    I keep doing sets of links to hand out at various conferences. It seems like every time I do the list comes out a little differently. Some new things. Some things have new addresses. And the order of things changes for the audience. This list is from a pair of handouts I have put together for a high...
  • Blog Post: Cheating, Ethics, Computer Science

    It all started when I saw a link to this article about students creating videos to show others how to cheat . These young people don’t see anything wrong with cheating or helping others to cheat. Oh they understand that their teachers don’t like it but they don’t seem to really understand why. This led...
  • Blog Post: Free E-books on Visual Studio 2008 and MS Robotics Studio

    Microsoft Press is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with some free e-books. Two that may be interesting to educators are one on MS Robotics Studio and one on Visual Studio 2008 . These offers expire on October 22nd so act now. And tell others who could use these books about it. The two books are: Programming...
  • Blog Post: Friday Misc Links – August 8 2008

    Found a few good nuggets to share with people. Robots If you are in to robots or know someone who is I saw this announcement from the Microsoft Robotics team blog . The RoboChamps Amazed Challenge is over and the winners have been announced. However, the Challenge continues with the Amazing...
  • Blog Post: Links from my talk at Stevens Institute of Technology

    Yesterday I gave one of the keynote talks at Stevens Institute of Technology’s second annual high school computer science workshop . Ursula Wolz , The College of New Jersey, was a tough act to follow with her great presentation/demo on Scratch . Scratch is one of my favorite teaching tools and I learned...
  • Blog Post: RoboChamps – Online, Virtual Robot Competition

    Most robotic competitions are fairly expensive to enter. The hardware is expensive, hard to assemble and tends to break at the worst possible times. They are lots of fun for hardware geeks but not as much fun for software geeks. RoboChamps is different – RoboChamps is mostly about the software! The...
  • Blog Post: When One Thing Leads To Another

    The laws of unintended consequences seem to live in computer science and software development. Most good software products seem to wind up being used in unexpected ways. More than that one thing seems to always lead to another and not always in expected directions. For example start with XNA Game...
  • Blog Post: Five Questions with Dean Kamen

    Dean Kamen is probably best known either for FIRST Robotics or for inventing the Segway device. But he has invented a lot more than that and his robotic arm is showing some amazing potential to replace human limbs. He's also got an invention that creates clean water from dirty water. He showed that on...
  • Blog Post: Summer Robotics Workshops for Faculty

    I see that IPRE ( Institute for Personal Robotics in Education ) is running a pair of faculty workshops this summer. We're offering two IPRE Summer Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Workshops ( K-12 teachers also invited! ). In these workshops we will introduce you to a fresh approach to CS1 that...
  • Blog Post: Build, Craft, Hack, Play, Make!

    It looks like Maker Faire is starting to ramp up for this coming May. I'm trying to see if I can justify a trip out to California for it this year. Last year a couple of my friends worked the event showing off some really cool stuff and had a great time. Maker Faire is sort of s geek version of a county...
  • Blog Post: Updates on Beginning Programming Languages

    I would imagine that a lot of people are looking for interesting things to do with brand new computers this week. Some people are (I hope) looking for ways to teach young people about programming. Or perhaps you are looking for your self regardless of your age. Well it seems like this is also a time...
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