CNC and STEM (STEAM) Education: 1

In 2003, the director of technical education at the Clark County School System in Las Vegas, NV took a big step: CNC (computer numerically controlled) equipment was introduced into the woodworking programs at most of the middle schools and high schools in the district. It was a bold step, one taken to introduce technology (computers) …

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Bio-Inspired Robotic Locomotion at MIT, with the help of Shopbot Desktop.

Students Will Langford and Sam Calisch of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms used the Shopbot Desktop as their weapon of choice in their robotics class last semester. The course, taught by Sangbae Kim (of electric cheetah fame) and Matt Haberland, pushed students to extract principles of animal locomotion and use them …

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A CNCer’s View of Robotics

Over the holiday break, I happened to read a Scientific American [Jan., 2007, 58-65] article by Bill Gates in which he describes his views on emerging trends in consumer robotics. In the article, Gates makes the point that the field of consumer robotics is coming of age—particularly in having created around-the-house-helpers like Roomba—and that …

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Hacking the ShopBot (3 Hacks)

People wonder what it is exactly that I do for ShopBot, and it’s actually kind of hard to explain. Officially I work part-time doing “special projects”, but it really boils down to about 50% “real work” and 50% play (some would say 5% real work and 95% play!). One of the things I enjoy most …

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