This Generation’s Friendly Robots!!

ROBOTS ARE REAL!!!

Robots are no longer just Science Fiction.  Today, robots may be seen in medicine, schools, corporations, auto-shops, factories, and even restaurants!  Robots don’t all look like Rosie the Robot Maid from the Jetsons. They come in many forms, and the amazing Engineering students and graduates help design, program, and build them!  How cool is it that kids can be exposed to Robotics in their early years? COMPUTER EXPLORERS offers many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs geared specifically to learning about robotics!  Classes such as Robotics Adventures, Edison Programmable Robot Lab, Rock’N Roll Robotics, Video Game Robotics, and more.  Exposing our children in their early years to STEM programs instills curiosity, confidence, and skills through the lessons learned in the classroom.

ROBOTS OF TODAY: HOW THEY MAKE LIFE EASIER

Robots are here to help our kids learn!  For example, therapy robots are beginning to be introduced into classrooms with kids with autism and other special needs. Robots can assist the child in learning appropriate social skills.  They are also utilized in elementary classrooms to assist with art and other subjects.

How about a robot making you dinner?  Who would believe that? “What do you get when you pair a bunch of MIT students with acclaimed French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulid? You get a restaurant, Spyce, serving food cooked by robots..”, according to the Easter Boston, by Terrence B Doyle.  Robots are playing a part in our everyday life without us necessarily noticing. 

What about the workplace? Telepresence robots can let you navigate the workplace as if you were really there.  Actually, you are sitting at home in your kitchen, far, far, away! These robots are really just tablets on wheels.  They allow for mobile phone conferencing, where you can actually roam over to a peer’s office to chat!

In medicine, robots perform or assist with surgeries, are part of prosthetics for an amputated limb, and help diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases. Similarly, when you bring your car in for repair, robots are available to perform much of the job.  Technology has its place in all facets of our daily lives. Let’s recognize its role, and offer our kids access as early as possible by introducing them to Robotics classes at COMPUTER EXPLORERS/TechStars.

Keep Kids Busy, Make it a Summer of SCIENCE and FUN!!!

SUMMER FUN

Computer Explorers is a unique program dedicated to enhancing the technology skills of our children in an exciting and challenging way. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes such as Fun-gineering and Wedo Robotics, Video Game Animation with Scratch, Digital Animator Studio, Robotics Adventures and Coding, and more… are a small sample of the high quality classes only available at Computer Explorers. Parents have a wide range of options when choosing a summer program for their child. Computer Explorers’ classes are available throughout NE Chicagoland at an affordable rate compared to other summer programs.

THE AMAZING POTENTIAL OF STEM

One day, we will be parents to Aerospace Engineers paving the future for outer-space travel and research, or Biomedical Engineers creating the most delicate of robotic surgeries. Careers such as software developers, civil engineers, mathematicians, and statisticians illustrate the various science, technology, and math field career opportunities today. These bright, young minds have endless possibilities. There is huge demand for more STEM graduates, these graduates with STEM degrees are likely to find high-paying, long-term, rewarding careers. There is amazing potential for careers in STEM.

Tech Stars Camps are a fantastic way to introduce your child to FUN ways of exploring science and technology. Take advantage of Computer Explorers’ programs and sign up today! Let’s make it a Summer of Science!!

Young Minds, take a BYTE out of Summer!!

TECHNOLOGY CAMPS ARE A GREAT WAY TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL

Capturing a child’s imagination and encouraging them to reach for the impossible melts our hearts. Introducing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to young, curious minds instills confidence in special programs like coding and robotics, that will seep into math courses like Calculus and Geometry. Kids are having fun, so they are more likely to stay engaged with the material. Coding builds a skill set and teaches ways of breaking down and analyzing the problems. It can help with problem solving, recognizing patterns, developing algorithmic functions, and calculating angles within geometric shapes. This strategy is particularly helpful when it comes to math. Such skills will stay with kids throughout their educational studies in the years to come!

CURIOUS MINDS

Technology and our children’s future go hand in hand. Summertime is an opportune time to inspire our youth, and encourage these young minds to pursue new STEM activities and courses! Why not start by signing your child up for a fun and educational technology camp like Computer Explorers? Curiosity is key to how we inspire kids.  It is their innate nature to always ask, why? Introducing technology at the earliest of stages through STEM classes provokes questions and problem solving.

Computer Explorers, Tech Stars, offers camp programs that are exciting and challenging to kids.  Computers Explorers classes are available throughout NE Chicagoland. Sign your kids up today!

How STEM classes boost confidence in kids

In the past 10 years, growth of STEM related jobs has increased by 3 times and over 70% of jobs in the near future will require mastery of scientific skills and mathematical knowledge.  Getting your child involved in STEM activities should no longer be a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ based on these statistics.

 

Ownership

Nothing does more for your self esteem than having ownership of something, especially when this something grows and changes because you want it to. Developing ideas in robotics for example can start from knowing how to code it, to then coding it for a specific purpose or action.

I did it!

That feeling of success can come in small but incredibly powerful doses. When involved in robotic projects this is clear as the success is so visual and immediate. The fact that you are working on design thinking and innovation that is important to you is vastly important for building self-confidence. At the end of a lot of trial and error is that crucial a-ha moment!

Growth Mindset

Growth mindset is paramount for self confidence and it actually develops fantastic learning habits that will stay with your child for life and across disciplines. Growth mindset specifically talks about how people deal with failure and setbacks, seeing them not as obstacles but as opportunities for learning. That positive self talk is fundamental in all areas of school and life and comes so easily through STEM as there is naturally so much debugging, and trial and error.

Through STEM classes, children can, not only develop their self-confidence, but also become confident in problem solving, negotiating, math, science, innovation and even in their own creativity.

 

Did you see the launch of Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket yesterday?

If you are trying to get children to be excited about STEM and STEM careers, watch the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket. Actual footage starts at the 8 minute mark. When the side boosters return to Earth at the 37:30 mark, is a beautiful and exciting moment.

The excitement and enthusiasm shown by the entire staff at Space X, is palpable. The SpaceX staff explain what is happening in plain English, without technical jargon.

What is Space X?

In a nutshell, SpaceX manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. According to its website “The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.” It should be noted, that in 2002, when the company started, no one there had ever built a rocket. By 2010, they were the only private company to ever return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit. Since then SpaceX has been using it’s Dragon spacecraft to make deliveries to the International Space Station.

What is the Falcon Heavy?

The Falcon Heavy, is the world’s most powerful rocket (by a factor of 2!). This is not a one and done rocket, if all goes well, they will be ready to use the rocket to put satellites on the next mission in a few months, according to CEO Elon Musk (Space.com).

What was on board Falcon Heavy?

Falcon Heavy needed to release a real payload in order to fully test the rocket. This payload is special and a lot of fun. They launched Musk’s Tesla Roadster, complete with a passenger, a spacesuit wearing mannequin known as Starman.

on Heavy needed to release a real payload in order to fully test the rocket. This payload is special and a lot of fun. They launched Musk’s Tesla Roadster
complete with a passenger, a spacesuit wearing mannequin known as Starman. Starman will coast through the radiation heavy Van Allen Belts, before restarting the engine to travel toward Mars. This will eventually carry the car and Starman into an orbit around the sun, about 248 million miles from Earth. (space.com). This, according to Musks’ Instagram post, will consist of the roadster, while playing Space Oddity by David Bowie, on a billion year elliptic orbit. No work yet on if Starman’s real name is Major Tom.

Also included in this payload is an arch. “An Arch is a “5D, laser optical quartz storage device” that is meant to be able to survive even in the harsh conditions of space, built by the Arch Mission Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to preserve libraries of human knowledge for interstellar travel (and to protect information in the event of calamity to Earth itself). Embedded on this disc, is Issac Asimov’s Foundation series. This series of books inspired the Arch Foundations to create the discs.  If you want to check out some footage from Starman’s point of view yesterday, check out this video.If you look carefully you will see a mini version of the roadster on the dash of the car.

 

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