SciTEch Skills provides workshops and hands-on training with the resources to help students develop core computing knowledge and skills aligned to industry standards and using current technologies—so we can teach students the skills they need to succeed.
In my teaching experience, I’ve seen many curriculum fads come and go, but the use of robotics in the classroom has proven to be a consistent and surefire way to teach students the STEM skills needed to prepare them for the future job market. I’ve seen firsthand how it teaches students 21st-century skills including coding, engineering, and the scientific method in a fun and engaging way.
Over the years Arduino has been the brain of thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers - students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals - has gathered around this open-source platform, their contributions have added up to an incredible amount of accessible knowledge that can be of great help to novices and experts alike.
FreeCAD is a customizable, open-source parametric 3D modeler designed primarily for product design and mechanical engineering. It’s extensible and scriptable CAD software that can be expanded to handle a spectrum of design functions around other engineering specialties including electrical or architectural engineering. The solution is made to craft real-life objects of varying sizes and is ideal for a home user/hobbyist, programmer, experienced CAD user, or educator.
The application provides a toolkit similar to SolidWorks, Catia, or Solid Edge, which automatically qualifies it into the class of CAx, PLM, and MCAD. Its architecture makes it possible to deliver additional functionality without altering the core system. The program is fully multi-platform, and it runs impeccably on Windows, Mac, and Linux. In addition, FreeCAD supports multiple open file formats including STL, IGES, STEP, DXF, IFC, OBJ, DAE, etc.
RStudio is a customizable IDE for the R enviornment where the user can have easy access to plots, data, help, files, objects and many other features that are useful to work efficiently with R. For the most part, RStudio provides nearly everything the R user will need in a self-contained, and well-organized environment. Moreover, it is possible to create “projects” in which it is possible to create a dedicated environment space for sets of specific functions and files aimed to deal with various tasks.
Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. We want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn to program and understand how computers work.