ROBOTIX BLOG

Welcome to the Robotix Blog!

This Blog aims to provide resources, research, information and global events in the STEM, Robotics & coding fields.

We are excited about sharing and exchanging ideas about learning & education.

We hope Parents, educators & those interested in K12 STEM education will find these articles interesting.

Our mission is to make the next generation of children "Future Ready"

Is Screen Time bad for pre school kids upto age 5 ?

It all adds up. Cartoon on mobile at lunch, watching on a tab in the car, watching TV at dinner, just before bed and the list goes on. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children of pre-school age should’nt have more than one hour of screen time per day. But the reality is that children learn to use screen technology before they can walk, talk or read. Research suggests that too much screen time is harmful for kids. From warnings about eye sight damage to negative shifts in brain connectivity, many parents are struggling to find a solution, especially when their child is showing signs of screen addiction.  Chris Smith | Know Techie | September 12, 2018

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Did you know that the mood of your child is hidden in what he/she draws ?

We came across this interesting article in a Turkish magazine in May 2019 and thought we must share this with our readers. We hope you enjoy this article and we trust you will find it useful. Team @ BVM Blog THE MOOD OF YOUR CHILD IS HIDDEN IN WHAT SHE/ HE DRAWS: Children#s drawings are not as simple as they seem; what lies beneath the subconscious may surface through symbols in their drawings.

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Safe Internet Use for Children: Top Tips for Parents

Technology is now a part of our lives. And our children are also living in the same world. Everywhere they look, they see technological products that can be connected to the internet. Its quite normal for them to be curious and to demand it. On the other hand, parents concerns about how to get protected from the harmful content on the internet and how to use the secure internet are quite normal!

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Secrets to Parenting Successful Children.

After I gave birth to my first daughter, Susan, the nurse wrapped her in a pink blanket and put a tiny yellow knit hat on her head. Stan, my husband, sat by my side. We were both exhausted but elated, and in that moment, everything was clear: I loved my daughter from the second I saw her, and I felt a primal desire to protect her, to give her the best life possible, to do whatever it took to help her succeed.

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Are our school students prepared for an Artificial Intelligence driven world?

''It is interesting to point out that we are at a unique point of time in history, when so many unprecedented changes are taking place all around us. Autonomous Electric cars, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Robotics etc., are set to revolutionize the way we live. These are exciting times with future looking so amazing.'' Ramana Prasad Chairman Robotix | BVM June 2019 Artificial intelligence has already begun disrupting entire industries, and it’s poised to completely transform the way we live and the way we work and will change the complete landscape of countries and societies. Artificial intelligence is expected to fuel the global digital economy and thus has gained geo strategic importance.

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Chennai-Based Sisters Build Futures of Orphaned Girls.

The Annai Ashram is an orphanage for girls in KK Nagar, Trichy that has changed completely thanks to the Robotix Learning Solutions. The Robotix Learning Solutions is an organization founded by sisters Aditi Prasad and Deepti Rao Suchindran. According to them, the number of women in STEM fields is small when compared to the men. Their goal is to teach programming to young girls, who, they hope, will grow up to establish careers in STEM. They teach the girls (between the ages of 6 and 12) of the Annai Ashram coding for free once a week every week throughout the year. They call this program “Indian Girls Code”.

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IS YOUR CHILD FUTURE READY?

Its 2030, you drive your autonomous Electric Tesla car into the driveway, open your house door with voice control and walk in to spend the evening with your family. You know your kids are home because you got a notification on your smartphone from your personal home robot. But wait, your fridge has sent your phone a notification that you’re out of eggs and milk! “Hey Alexa! We need eggs and milk by tonight!” PING, the doorbell rings, 1 hour later, Amazon delivers your order to your doorstep. After dinner, which was cooked in your super smart oven that knows exactly how you like your pizza, your family spends the evening playing augmented reality games (which by the way can teach your kids too, but they still prefer to play!)

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5 Ways To Inspire Innovation In Children

5 Ways To Inspire Innovation In Children Welcome to our blog! We are excited about sharing and exchanging ideas about learning and education with parents, educators and all those interested. With our mission being inspiring the innovators of tomorrow, we thought it is fitting for us to begin discussing this buzz word, innovation. Innovations are

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COMPUTATIONAL THINKING, THE CRITICAL SKILL OF 21ST CENTURY STUDENTS

Computational Thinking, the Critical Skill of 21st Century Students "Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill used by everyone in the world by the middle of the 21st Century. Just like reading, writing and arithmetic, it is a skill set everyone, not just computer scientists, should be eager to learn and use.” Dr. Jeannette Wing

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Lack Of Women In STEM: Bridging The Gender Gap.

Lack Of Women In STEM: Bridging The Gender Gap We are well aware that there is a significant gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and an ever larger gap for minority women in these fields. The lack of women in STEM means we are missing out on half the population’s skills, perspectives

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Learning To Create Code That Matters Using Design Thinking.

Learning To Create Code That Matters Using Design Thinking The Hour of Code, organized by Code.Org, is a global movement that has inspired tens of millions of students to learn to code in 180+ countries. In today’s technology-driven world, there is a growing demand for computer programming jobs, but, not enough skilled individuals to fill these

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RECREATING ROBOTIX

Research from MIT Media Lab, Tufts University and others have shown that digital technology and robotics is an effective way for kids to develop innovative thinking, problem solving, computational thinking, coding and STEM skills. Since 2009, Robotix has been pushing the boundaries of robotics and STEM education in private schools in India.

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Hole In The Wall.

Hole In The Wall We love this story and initiative! Hole In The Wall is an innovative learning methodology conceived by Dr Sugata Mitra with the question that if children were given free and unsupervised access to a computer, what would they do? In 1999, Dr Mitra placed a freely accessible computer, without any instructions,

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CODING ADVENTURES: TYNKER’S KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Coding Adventures: Tynker’s Kickstarter Campaign Our friends at Tynker have launched a Kickstarter Campaign called "Tynker Coding Adventures”, a game-based platform that teaches kids programming. These fun games gives children an exciting new way to learn how to code, solving multi-level challenges like repairing a flying castle on Turing’s tower or defeating a Goblin King

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Kids Creating Code for a Real-World Problem.

Kids Creating Code for a Real-World Problem In Tamil Nadu, South India, there are more smartphones than toilets and 60% of people openly defecate. Prime Minister Modi and NGOs have created initiatives that have increased the number of toilets in India. Open defecation leads to sanitation related illnesses such as diarrhoea, malaria and in some

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Robotix + Ford Teaching Coding and Robotics to Underprivileged Kids in India.

ROBOTIX + FORD Teaching Coding and Robotics to Underprivileged Kids in India We are very excited to announce that Robotix has partnered with Ford Motor Company, India, through their Light House Project initiative, to teach Coding and Robotics to 50 underprivileged girls and boys at the Kannagi Nagar School, Chennai, India. This 20-week program, designed specially

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PHIRO’S DESIGN EVOLUTION

Phiro’s Design Evolution When we first decided to make Phiro, we brainstormed and ideated internally, coming up with funny & funky design ideas, trying to imagine what kids would like in a robot. We realized that the more effective approach was to create a design, test it out with kids, parents and educators, and learn &

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PHIRO DESIGN – GOLDEN RATIO

Phiro Design – Golden ratio The name Phiro is a play on the Greek letter "Phi – ϕ” which is a symbol of the Golden Ratio, and "Ro” for Robot. The design of Phiro is that of a futuristic automobile which follows the Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio "Phi – ϕ” is a mathematical ratio found in nature

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PHIRO SET TO JOIN ARDUINO AND MAKER COMMUNITIES!

Phiro set to join Arduino and Maker Communities! We are super excited to share this exciting & paradigm-shifting news about Arduino, Phiro robots and Pocket Code mobile apps on smartphones. For the first time in the world a Phiro robot and Arduino board can be programmed and controlled wirelessly via Bluetooth, BOTH SIMULTANEOUSLY using the

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10 WAYS TO INSPIRE YOUNG GIRLS TO BE INNOVATORS

10 Ways To Inspire Young Girls To Be Innovators Have you ever wondered what your daughter’s future would be like if, at a very young age, she had an idea that could improve life for countless people? Shalini Kumari, at the age of 12, noticed a need of her physically handicapped grandfather to climb stairs

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PHIRO ARDUINO SHIELD AND ADAPTER

Phiro Arduino Shield and Adapter We are so excited about Phiro’s Arduino Compatibility and Connectivity as this enables endless tinkering and inventing for children! We have created the Phiro Arduino Shield for our Kickstarter backers! The Bluetooth enabled Phiro Arduino Shield can be connected to an Arduino UNO board which can be programmed and controlled via the Pocke

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PHIRO SMARTPHONE MOUNT

Phiro Smartphone Mount Wonder how you can make a movie with Phiro or send it on a spy mission? Imagine the possibilities using Phiro’s Smartphone Mount! When we first created the SmartPhone Mount, it looked like this picture below: Notice how it is attached to Phiro and you can place any Smartphone as the attachment

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