On Wednesday’s NewsHour, science correspondent Miles O’Brien looks at a growing effort to get kids more enthused about science, engineering and math: “Maker Faire” in San Mateo, Calif. It’s an event where scientists, engineers and builders converge every year to celebrate building cool things, and a playful love of invention.
U.S. students have been lagging behind internationally, when it comes to science and math education. So far behind, it’s been called a STEM crisis. (STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and math.)
While at the Maker Faire, Miles caught up with Adam Savage, co-host of “Mythbusters,” whose work is as close to the “Make” ethos as you can get.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.
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