In kids cartoons, 0% of princesses are engineers, 2.9% of characters are black, and Batman doesn’t recycle

News via The Guardian of a new Kickstarter campaign to tackle poor representation of girls/women in STEM subjects (or rather STEAM – they quite rightly include the arts where they belong, alongside the other disciplines). “In kids cartoons, 0% of princesses are engineers, 2.9% of characters are black, and Batman doesn’t recycle. And kids spend […]

Netflix made socks that know when you’ve fallen asleep while binge watching

The socks use a method of rest and activity monitoring known as actigraphy. So a built-in accelerometer will wait for you to stop moving for a prolonged period of time before sending a signal to the TV to prevent you from losing your place in Mad Men for the 20th time. An LED light will […]

Can programmable robots Dot and Dash teach your kids to code?

“For kids, coding is a tool that gives you the ability to look at the world very differently,” says Gupta. “That ability will be a powerful aspect in whatever a child grows up to be. They don’t have to be a programmer or a computer scientist. They could be an architect, a doctor, anything.” Read […]

John Cridland: Encourage teenagers to study arts so computer games of the future are not designed by ‘spotty nerds’, says CBI boss – Education News – Education – The Independent

Teenagers should be encouraged to study the arts at school to make sure the computer games of tomorrow are not designed by “a spotty nerd”, the head of Britain’s bosses has said. John Cridland, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, wants a drive to persuade schools to adopt the mantra of promoting “STEAM” […]

John Cridland: Encourage teenagers to study arts so computer games of the future are not designed by ‘spotty nerds’, says CBI boss – Education News – Education – The Independent

Teenagers should be encouraged to study the arts at school to make sure the computer games of tomorrow are not designed by “a spotty nerd”, the head of Britain’s bosses has said. John Cridland, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, wants a drive to persuade schools to adopt the mantra of promoting “STEAM” […]

Programmable jewelry uses high school cliques to teach kids to code

How do you get teenage girls interested in coding? Simple, give them new ways to call out friends and enemies in social scenarios. At least, this seems to be the idea behind Jewelbots, a new line of programmable friendship bracelets that light up and vibrate when other Jewelbots are near. BFFs can assign one another […]

This is the tiny computer the BBC is giving to a million kids

The BBC Micro moniker is already familiar to many in the UK, having been used for a series of machines designed by Acorn Computers and released in the country during the 1980s. The comparatively cheap computers helped thousands learn programming skills, and played a part in kickstarting the British video games industry, as coders designed […]

Britain’s tech future isn’t just about turning kids into coders

Finding candidates who demonstrate creativity and flexibility can often be just as important as a formal qualification. Ultimately, coders must imagine new solutions to problems; people from non-traditional backgrounds can be particularly good at this. For example, you might not think an understanding of music would be beneficial to coding, but you’d be wrong. Two […]

Britain’s tech future isn’t just about turning kids into coders

Finding candidates who demonstrate creativity and flexibility can often be just as important as a formal qualification. Ultimately, coders must imagine new solutions to problems; people from non-traditional backgrounds can be particularly good at this. For example, you might not think an understanding of music would be beneficial to coding, but you’d be wrong. Two […]

Britain’s tech future isn’t just about turning kids into coders

Finding candidates who demonstrate creativity and flexibility can often be just as important as a formal qualification. Ultimately, coders must imagine new solutions to problems; people from non-traditional backgrounds can be particularly good at this. For example, you might not think an understanding of music would be beneficial to coding, but you’d be wrong. Two […]