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Learn To Code And Bring Your Favorite Toys To Life With LEGO BOOST

January 17th, 2017 by Christen

Who wouldn’t love to make a real life robot?  I remember growing up with my favorite building blocks and creating everything from skyscrapers to designing mobile phones accessories.  If you haven’t had the chance to construct with the favorite building blocks for children of all ages recently, this new tech-infused update will have you running to your nearest toy store immediately!

 

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Last week, the LEGO Group announced LEGO BOOST, a supercharged building and coding set that lets kids of all ages bring their LEGO creations to life by adding movement, sound and personality. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LEGO BOOST combines the endless play opportunities of a traditional LEGO set with an endless variety of movement and sound capabilities made possible through an easy-to-use, app-based coding environment.

Using familiar LEGO elements and simple coding language, LEGO BOOST delivers an intuitive approach and opportunities for quick success.

 

Powered by a Move Hub, a LEGO stud-covered brick with built-in tilt sensor upon which children can add LEGO elements, motors and a sensor that combines color and distance detection, LEGO BOOST brings movement to any LEGO creation. The set includes building instructions for five diverse models; Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder, each designed to give children the basic building and coding skills needed to express their creativity by personalizing whatever they build.

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Coding Brings Your Toy to Life

LEGO BOOST introduces children to coding through a free downloadable app that contains the guidance, building instructions and simple coding commands to bring to life five LEGO creations, one at a time. Much like building with LEGO bricks, children build behaviors and actions by linking digital coding blocks in an easy-to-understand horizontal layout. To further personify the experience, LEGO BOOST lets children add voice recordings to their creations, adding personality without requiring spelling and typing. The app also includes more than 60 activities designed to inspire additional building, coding and play.

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Creative Canvas Lets You Boost Any LEGO Creation

To further inspire creative building and coding, the LEGO BOOST app includes a “creative canvas” that includes basic building instructions for three simple base models that children can use to customize their own LEGO creations. The three bases available at launch include: a walking base for making animals like a dragon or a pony, a driving base for building vehicles like a dune buggy or rover, and an entrance base so that children can make their own castle, fort, or even a futuristic space station. (Take your creation on the go with a new LEGO bagbackpack or satchel.)  Once children are comfortable with building and coding the various LEGO BOOST models, they can use the kit to “boost” any LEGO creation – from LEGO CITY and LEGO  Friends to LEGO NINJAGO and The LEGO BATMAN Movie.

 

 

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LEGO BOOST Includes:

Hardware

  • 3 BOOST Bricks:
    • Move Hub with built-in tilt sensor
    • Combination color & distance sensor
    • Interactive motor
  • 843 LEGO elements
  • Playmat, calibrated to the app, designed to facilitate mini challenges to practice simple coding trials

 

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  • Free, downloadable app is iOS and Android tablet compatible

LEGO BOOST uses 6 AAA batteries. Alkaline batteries are recommended, but rechargeable batteries can be used, though may result in weaker power output.

LEGO BOOST will be available at most stores and online shopping sites where toys are sold, through select consumer electronics retailers, and at LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com in the second half of 2017 and will have a suggested retail price of $159.99 USD $159.99 (EUR) and $199.99 (CAD). For more information, visit www.LEGO.com/BOOST.

 

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The Girl Scouts Showcase Digital Cookies and STEM Program At #CES2016 #GenSTEMGirls

January 8th, 2016 by Tech Staff

Girl Scouts is back at CES this year with Digital Cookie 2.0, the newly enhanced online addition to the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, and a brand new Girls’ STEM Summit.

 

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The Girl Scouts at CES?  This one makes more sense than you might at first think. It was recently announced that Girl Scout cookies will soon be available for sale online for the first time, and the Girls Scouts USA organization is front and center at CES to showcase Digital Cookie, the new program that will enable girls to sell cookies online while learning about business and tech.

 

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Made possible by Dell and Visa, Digital Cookie 2.0 provides a more robust, hands-on, and entertaining learning experience for girls. Girls from two councils, Girl Scouts of Northern California and Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, will demonstrate the enhanced cookie website, which has fun new quizzes, games, videos, and other activities for learning about budgeting and resource allocation using a “spend, save, and give” model, as well as the mobile apps.

 

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Girls learning code and sharing life long tech skills that they’ll cherish forever – and that’s what it’s all about!  Want to learn more about how girls are getting into business and STEM take a byte out of the Digital Cookie™ platform at Booth #74760, Sands Expo Center, Kids & Technology Marketplace, Halls A–C in the Living in Digital Times section of the CES show floor at Tech West or visit girlscouts.org/STEM

 

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Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2016?  Visit DivasandDorks.com all week long and even connect with us on TwitterFacebookYouTube and more today!  You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2016!

Need A Practical New Year’s Resolution To Master? Learn How To Code!

January 4th, 2016 by Christen

As Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once said in an interview: “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.”

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about coding in technology, or have children that could be interested in learning how to code, there are more resources available than ever before!  One of the biggest misconceptions about coding is that you have to be a super genius in science or math (when in all actuality, that couldn’t be furthest from the truth).  I truly believe that anyone can learn to love coding if they have one common goal in mind – the goal of solving problems and improving our future.

Between 2010 and 2020, computer and mathematical occupations are projected to add 778,300 new jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Along with the prospects of entering a burgeoning field, learning to code allows people to engage their brains in ways they normally wouldn’t, enhancing skills from algebra to spelling.

 

 

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If you’re  interested in learning more about STEM, check out these five STEM programs that’ll encourage and teach anyone how to code below! 

Black Girls Code

Through workshops for young girls of color, Black Girls Code aims to help address the “dearth of African-American women in science, technology, engineering and math professions,” founder Kimberly Bryant writes, and build “a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.” blackgirlscode.com

Yes We Code

The #YesWeCode initiative targets low-opportunity youth and provides them with the necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programmers. By learning this highly valuable and relevant 21st century skill, these young people are shifting the trajectory of their futures and transforming their relationships with their communities and their country. yeswecode.org

Girls Who Code

Geared specifically toward 13- to 17-year-old girls, pairs instruction and mentorship to “educate, inspire and equip” students to pursue their engineering and tech dreams. “Today, just 3.6% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women, and less than 10% of venture capital-backed companies have female founders. Yet females use the internet 17% more than their male counterparts,” the website notes. girlswhocode.com

 

[MUST READ: Create Your Own App With MAGE (…And You Don’t Even Have To Code)]

 

Sisters Code

While women make up 46.7% of the U.S. workforce, they represent less than 25% of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers. Sisters Code was founded to help bridge the technology gender gap by providing women with the tools they need to successfully re-career into the field of technology, transform lives and provide corporations with a greater pipeline of diverse talent to address the gender equity balance within their organizations. sisters-code.org

General Assembly

General Assembly offers a variety of coding courses at their campuses across the globe. Additionally, their free online platform, Dash, teaches HTML, CSS and Javascript through fun projects on a simple interface that is accessible from your web browser. generalassemb.ly

 

There are many ways to GO TECH and these programs are great guides to discovering which road in the science and technology space you’ll enjoy most.  Know more STEM programs not listed here?  Share them in the comments section below.

Netflix & MGA Develops New STEM Show & Toy Line For Girls

August 7th, 2015 by Tech Staff

If you grew up a fan of shows like Inspector Gadget or Clarissa Explains It All – there’s a new wave of entertainment made specially for girls and stem! Check out the gadget wielding, social media savvy girls from Project Mc² below!

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“The Project Mc² brand was developed in order to inspire girls that it’s cool to be smart, leverage the growing trend of STEM,”Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment

The company behind Little Tikes and the Bratz Dolls have taken a new approach to STEM, launching a line of Project Mc² dolls. Each doll comes with a working experiment kit, so kids can play and feel inspired to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math.  The line, named Project Mc², released today at Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon, Kmart and more stores nationwide.

In addition to the release of the dolls, a Netflix Original series also titled Project Mc² has premiered today. The show focuses on four girls inspired by the dolls who are recruited to join a top-secret spy organization.

 

 

Each doll is matched with one of four experiment kits, to create working volcanos, lava lights, glow stick necklaces or blueprint skateboards, respectively. Customers can build and rebuildall of these projects using household ingredients. In response to a growing demand to get girls interested in STEM, MGA released dolls that could act as smart, empowered role models.

 

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Are you as excited as we are?  We can’t wait to share this show with all the future STEM women in tech we know!  

#ILookLikeAnEngineer Is Changing The Face Of Women In Tech #STEM

August 6th, 2015 by Christen

While the STEM community continues to grow and slowly become inclusive, there’s still a stigma in the appearance of women in tech. Of course there are coding courses for girls and great programs for women active in the industry of STEM, but there’s still a long way to go! Discover how one woman ignited a movement behind a hashtag that is changing the face of women in tech below.

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Isis Anchalee, an engineer in Northern California wrote an essay recently about how she sometimes felt like her work environment was toxic. “Most people are well intentioned but genuinely blind to a lot of the crap that those who do not identify as male have to deal with,” she says in her essay on Medium. Isis says she’s faced weird sexist interactions at work including a male coworker throwing dollar bills at her and sexist backlash from a recruitment campaign with her face on it. The consensus seems to be that most of the men she works with are “nice” and “well intended” but that “this industry’s culture fosters an unconscious lack of sensitivity towards those who do not fit a certain mold.”

 

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Isis wanted to challenge this mold so she put out a simple call to action to women in her field to post pictures of themselves on Twitter (and Instagram). The pics came in under the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer and show just a small sampling of the huge amount of diverse, beautiful and talented engineers that’s taking the world of STEM by storm! Way to go ladies!!!

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Bricks 4 Kidz Programs Continue To Motivate #STEM Education In Detroit (And Beyond!)

August 4th, 2015 by Christen

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STEM education has evolved into much more than the science fairs and mathematics competitions in my day and now thanks to Bricks 4 Kidz, it’s becoming an educational world filled with endless possibilities. Discover how Bricks 4 Kidz programs are making a difference in communities across the world as well as motivating STEM education in the resurgence of Detroit.

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Bricks 4 Kidz a hands-on class where students design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cards, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Participants build a new project each month. Architectural concepts are taught while assembling buildings, bridges and other structures. Once the project is completed, children use the rest of their time to expand their gadgets and collaborate with one another.

Discover how Bricks 4 Kidz Detroit is changing the way students view STEM eduction using LEGO® bricks below.

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Think it’s too late to get your kids introduced and involved in STEM? Think again!  Bricks 4 Kidz offers weekend and after school programs all year round.  Bricks 4 Kidz is currently booking after school & weekend camps during the fall, in-school field trips (where the B4K teacher incorporates STEM exercises with the classroom teacher’s lesson), birthday parties, and more. Contact Bricks 4 Kidz (Detroit) online on Facebook or call  248-742-5439 (kidz) for more information!

School’s Out! 8 Exciting Ways Teach Your Kids How To Code This Summer

June 5th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Summer vacation is here and ready or not, the kids need entertainment FAST! Why not educate your kids this summer with fun and exciting games that incite problem solving, programming and learning how to code? There are lots of educational options that teach coding for kids these days.  Learning how to code is fun at any age and we’ve gathered a few of our favorite games, apps and more from the web that’ll teach kids ages 5+ how to code this summer.  Discover 8 fun ways to teach your kids how to code and they could learn how to build their own smartphone app by summer’s end…

 

 

 

Tynker: This coding game may just replace Angry Birds as your kiddo’s favorite game, and it’s even better because they’re learning along the way. It’s just a matter of dragging and dropping, and before you know it your little one is learning the basics of coding at the same time they’re learning the alphabet. Tynker is the perfect tablet game to keep your kids occupied.

 

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Made With Code: Leave it to Google to create an amazing new way to teach girls (and boys) to code. Kids can tackle different missions and projects right from their account on the site. They can even DIY their own 3D-printed jewelry thanks to a partnership with Shapeways. Your teen programming prodigies will even get matched up with mentors to inspire them to keep innovating.

 

Move the Turtle: This game sounds simple enough, but as your kiddos (five and older) move the turtle, they’re really tackling projects and learning the basics of programming, from the simple to the complex. They’ll become familiar with workflows and tasks of coding without even knowing it.

 

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Play-I: Want a bot for your smaller tots? Bo and Yana are just what you’ve been looking for. Your kids can work the bots from an iPad and the bots can even communicate with each other. They can play with classic kids’ toys and interact with the environment. It’s great for kids as young as five.

 

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mBot: Yes, this robot can teach your kid all about programming. This bot uses Scratch to connect with open-source hardware so it can help your kiddos branch into robotics. Your kids can create their own bot functions with a simplified, color-coded wiring system. They can make a bubble-blowing machine and steering wheel to coordinate with an onscreen game. And that’s just the beginning. This project is a Kickstarter campaign that’s already topped $100K, so get it while the getting is good.

 

[MUST READ: Five STEM Programs That’ll Encourage Kids Of Any Age To Go Tech!]

 

Code Studio: This is an interactive open-source learning platform that teaches your li’l geniuses some computer science 101. Code Studioteaches the basics of coding with puzzles and familiar games that are great for kids in K-12. They even get to test their skills by going behind the screen of Angry Birds. This course will help your kids understand exactly what coding is and how it’s used.

 

 

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Bitsbox: Your kid will never get bored with coding if they’re getting lessons on monthly basis via USPS — plus, kids love getting mail! The service is available for kids seven and up and teaches them how to build apps. They want to give your kids the know-how to turn them into programmers by taking it one step at a time. They can even customize the Bitsbox app with their skills.

 

Tickle: This iPad app is for the slightly older crowd. Funded on Kickstarter, Tickle teaches kids to code and make their own apps and games with tools thought up in an MIT Media Lab project called Scratch. They can grab objects like blocks and build something that they can watch come to life right on screen. You know, kind of like when you played with LEGOs as a kid, but way more techy.

 

 

 

Now that you’ve got a few options that’ll keep the kiddies entertained and educated, you may have found a way to keep the kids focused on a favorite new game and away from downloading games on your smartphone this summer.  What’s your plans on keeping kids entertained and educated this summer? Share your thoughts below!

 

 

SEEK Provides Free Summer Engineering Programs For Kids #STEM

May 6th, 2015 by Tech Staff

The National Society of Black Engineers has announced the dates and locations for its 2015 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program, or SEEK. Founded in 2007, SEEK is the nation’s largest summer engineering program geared toward African American pre-college students.

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SEEK participants engage in team-based, competitive engineering design activities and learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts under the guidance of SEEK mentors: NSBE college student members from across the U.S. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the number of college engineering students and engineering professionals among African Americans, a community starkly underrepresented in this field.

Neville Green, NSBE’s national chair, said in a release that “Increasing the STEM proficiency of black students in grades 4 through 8 is a must for NSBE to achieve its primary goal, which is to produce 10,000 black engineers annually in the U.S. by 2025.” Green is a chemical engineering senior at the City University of New York. “Expansion of SEEK is a major part of our plan to reach that number.”

The program is expanding into four new cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Boston; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Los Angeles.

The summer 2015 SEEK program has been announced as follows:

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Atlanta, Ga. June 8
Birmingham, Ala. June 15
Boston, Mass. July 13
Chicago, Ill. July 6
Denver, Colo. (Site 1) July 13
Denver, Colo. (Site 2) June 15 July 3
Detroit, Mich. July 20
Harrisburg, Pa June 8
Houston, Texas June 8
Jackson, Miss. June 8
Los Angeles, Calif. July 13
New Orleans, La. June 8
Oakland, Calif. June 22
Philadelphia, Pa. July 20
San Diego, Calif. June 29
Thibodaux, La. July 13
Washington, D.C. July 13

More information about SEEK is available at www.nsbe.org/seek. To learn more about NSBE, visit www.nsbe.org.

 

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RECAP: Discover How To Unlock Your Potential With STEM #PotentialOfUs

March 31st, 2015 by Christen

Have you ever felt like you would have a greater impact on your community – or the world – if you could just amplify your voice, scale your business or hone your technology skills? Women hold less than 25% of our country’s STEM careers – it’s time to change that. During the 21st Annual Black Women’s Expo in Chicago – Verizon gave consumers insight into the opportunities awaiting them in tech (while celebrating the final days of Women’s History Month featuring trailblazing ladies of technology) with the “Unlock Your Potential” women in STEM panel.

 

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An event designed for women by women, the Black Women’s Expo celebrates women’s aspirations and achievements and provides a platform for women to discuss solutions to the issues they confront in daily life. In its 21st year, BWE is the nation’s longest running empowerment exposition for the African American consumer, garnering attendance of more than 29,000.

 

 

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Leading the conversation on innovation, the “Unlock Your Potential” panel included Lisa Laws  – Engineer/Deputy COO for City of Chicago, Luvvie Ajayi – Blogger for AwesomelyLuvvie.com, and Abby Knowles – Executive Director of VZW Network in Midwest Area.  During the event, panelists generated compelling conversations that inspired the audience and informed how technology is being used and STEM opportunities available.  Guests left the panel with knowledge on how vast STEM truly is – whether it’s helping the lives of citizens in a community, building a nationally recognized blog, or operating the nation’s largest wireless network.

 

Check out live tweets from the #PotentialOfUs inspired panel via Storify below:

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever wondered how to carve your own unique niche in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) you can discover ideas and innovators celebrated by Verizon by following their stories online and via social media PotentialOfUs.com #PotentialOfUs.

Five STEM Programs That’ll Encourage Kids Of Any Age To Go Tech!

March 16th, 2015 by Christen

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn about coding in technology, or have children that could be interested in learning how to code, there are more resources available than ever before!  One of the biggest misconceptions about coding is that you have to be a super genius in science or math (when in all actuality, that couldn’t be furthest from the truth).  I truly believe that anyone can learn to love coding if they have one common goal in mind – the goal of solving problems and improving our future. Whether it’s the Bronx School of Promise students creating an app that makes learning math fun, to a group of Spellman students creating an app that makes learning about natural hair easier – solving problems and creating solutions is the single root when it comes to STEM.  If you know a child interested in learning more about STEM, check out these five STEM programs that’ll encourage kids (and adults) of any age to go tech below!

Black Girls Code

Through workshops for young girls of color, Black Girls Code aims to help address the “dearth of African-American women in science, technology, engineering and math professions,” founder Kimberly Bryant writes, and build “a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.” blackgirlscode.com

Yes We Code

The #YesWeCode initiative targets low-opportunity youth and provides them with the necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programmers. By learning this highly valuable and relevant 21st century skill, these young people are shifting the trajectory of their futures and transforming their relationships with their communities and their country. yeswecode.org

Girls Who Code

Geared specifically toward 13- to 17-year-old girls, pairs instruction and mentorship to “educate, inspire and equip” students to pursue their engineering and tech dreams. “Today, just 3.6% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women, and less than 10% of venture capital-backed companies have female founders. Yet females use the internet 17% more than their male counterparts,” the website notes. girlswhocode.com

[MUST READ:  Verizon Celebrates The Potential Of Us With DivasandDorks.com]

 

Sisters Code

While women make up 46.7% of the U.S. workforce, they represent less than 25% of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers. Sisters Code was founded to help bridge the technology gender gap by providing women with the tools they need to successfully re-career into the field of technology, transform lives and provide corporations with a greater pipeline of diverse talent to address the gender equity balance within their organizations. sisters-code.org

General Assembly

General Assembly offers a variety of coding courses at their campuses across the globe. Additionally, their free online platform, Dash, teaches HTML, CSS and Javascript through fun projects on a simple interface that is accessible from your web browser. generalassemb.ly

 

There are many ways to GO TECH and these programs are great guides to discovering which road in the science and technology space you’ll enjoy most.  Know more STEM programs not listed here?  Share them in the comments section below.

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