It's been a busy start to the summer, but your May Roundup is finally here.
1. There was some good discussion on Robotics Kits during the month of May. The general consensus was that Hummingbird Robotics Kits and Lego Mindstorm Kits were a great place to start. They use programming languages that can be easier to start out with (like Snap!), but have the flexibility to "level up" to more complex programming languages.
Another suggestion was the Finch Robot (developed by the same folks who did the Hummingbird Robotics kits). The Finch is a great tool for computer science learning, because it can be programmed in a plethora of different coding languages.
For more advanced robots, folks are using Arduino and the Arduino IDE.
2. A lot of work has been happening surrounding the YOUmedia Network Hallmarks. These hallmarks help define who we are as a current (and growing) network of like minded sites. The Task Force has been doing a fantastic job of getting this all together and will be meeting for the last time in August. If you haven't weighed in on this, now's the time! Check out the discussion here; YOUmedia Network Hallmarks Discussion.
3. We had an informal webinar about some of the favorite tools of several sites. If you haven't seen the webinar check it out. Or if you don't have the time, check out the notes from the Webinar here; May Webinar.
4. We also had an informal webinar about getting started with Copper Tape Circuits.
5. The Calendar is no longer. Stay tuned for a new "Events" page, coming soon!