Sunday, October 23, 2016

Self-driving cars may follow the rules of the road — but people won't!

One of the great advantages of self-driving cars is how scrupulously they follow the rules of the road.
But because of the nefarious behaviour of some human drivers, it may also prove a major disadvantage.
A new study into drivers' attitudes towards self-driving cars has found that some drivers intend to "bully" autonomous vehicles when they hit the road — driving aggressively around them in the assumption that they will have to stop and let the bully through. We first heard about this study from The FT.

It makes sense: Imagine there are two cars waiting at a junction, one self-driving, and one human-driven. The self-driving car has right-of-way — but the human goes anyway. The self-driving car, programmed to protect its passengers and avoid harming other drivers, will stop itself — letting the aggressive human driver go.

Of course, this kind of behaviour is illegal. But that doesn't stop some drivers from defying the rules of the road today. Faced with a predictable autonomous vehicle with lightning-fast reflexes, it will likely encourage this behaviour even more.

The study — conducted by researchers from the London School of Economics in partnership with Goodyear — had 12,000 respondents from 11 European countries. It found that the majority of people are on some level uncomfortable with autonomous vehicles — whether riding in one or just being on the road alongside one while driving a manual vehicle.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Student Creativity and Robots from Junk

Inspiring example of kids' irrepressible desire to make, create, explore, and build robots...

Friday, September 16, 2016

LEGO® Education / Student Robotics / With Math I Can!

Student Robotics, has shown itself to be an approach that very positively impacts learning in the area of math...

LEGO® Education Takes Pledge to Support “With Math I Can!”

'LEGO® Education supports the “With Math I Can!” initiative to change students’ mindsets about math.

Boston, Mass – Sept. 15 – Today, September 15th, LEGO® Education North America is taking the “With Math I Can!” pledge by supporting the national initiative focused on changing students’ mindsets about math. By taking the pledge, LEGO® Education is joining other leading education organizations and challenging the nation’s more than three million teachers and their students to take a pledge which supports developing a growth mindset in children around math. Establishing a growth mindset allows students to celebrate mistakes and learn to grow, become confident when sharing their thinking, and persevere through difficult practices.

According to a survey by Change the Equation, more than 50 percent of people in the United States aged 18 to 34 say they cannot do math. Math is becoming increasingly important in future jobs. Developing a growth mindset and teaching 21st century skills to our youth will not only translate to math skills, but will also set students up for future success in any field or job.

Colin Gillespie, President of LEGO® Education North America said, “LEGO® Education believes that we must provide our students with the tools to think creatively, reason systematically, and not be afraid of making mistakes. Giving our students the skills to do this will help prepare them for the future. This is why we are proud to support the ‘With Math I Can!’ initiative and support growth mindsets”.

LEGO® Education is taking the “With Math I Can!” pledge because it is committed to helping every student succeed and strive to make learning inspiring, engaging, and more importantly effective. When students and teachers take the “With Math I Can” pledge, they pledge to: “stop saying ‘I'm not good at math’ and approach math with a growth mindset. We will work hard to grow our math understanding, attitude, and outlook. We know that, With Math, We Can…do anything.”

LEGO® Education encourages others to also make the pledge. Visit to learn more about LEGO® Education, why it supports the movement, and how to take the pledge.

About LEGO® Education
LEGO® Education offers playful learning experiences and teaching solutions based on the LEGO® system of bricks, curriculum-relevant material, and physical and digital resources to preschool, elementary, middle school, and after school. In partnership with educators for more than 35 years, we support teaching in an inspiring, engaging, and effective way. Our educational solutions, which range from humanities to science, enable every student to succeed by encouraging them to become active, collaborative learners, build skills for future challenges, and establish a positive mind-set toward learning.'

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2016 The LEGO Group

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Teachers... get started with Student Robotics!

Teachers... get started with Student Robotics! Feeling overwhelmed or confused about Materials, Classroom Management, Activities, and on and on? It's much more do-able than you imagine! This book will  get you and your students started quickly!!!

Click on book cover for information

Click on book cover for information
Getting Started with LEGO Robotics. Anyone who works with kids can do LEGO Robotics, a rich and highly motivating platform for important STEM Learning! (surprisingly affordable, too) This books explains it all!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Amazing, Expressive LEGO Robot That Kids Will Love

The very same LEGO Robotics materials that are easy to make available to kids can be used to produce such amazing items..