May 02, 2012
Luke Reynolds | 4 comments
Karen Brennan, a PhD student in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, has studied music, computer science, mathematics, and education. Currently she combines all of those interests at her position as a member of the team that develops Scratch - and she loves it. I recently had an interview with Karen to ask what exactly makes her job so enjoyable.
April 13, 2012
Luke Reynolds | 2 comments
Jaimie Mantzel has invented and built an assortment of things from giant robots to the workshops needed to build the robots (including the lumber mill needed to make the workshops!). He has built a “mega fun house” that is equipped with a trampoline for a 3rd floor, a secret lookout tower, monkey bars, climbing ropes, and an arts and crafts area. He has gone to school for engineering and visual arts and currently is working on remote controlled spider robots. I was lucky enough to get an interview with this inventor.
March 19, 2012
Vu Nguyen | 2 comments
Sixteen year old Alexander Amini is an aspiring young scientist from Dublin, Ireland. Last year, he won the first prize for his project, "Tennis Sensor Data Analysis" Alexander began playing tennis at the age of 5, when he lived in Yorktown Heights, New York. While in New York, he went to Yorktown High School where he first took computer programming classes and learned Java and MS Visual Basic. He learned other languages such as Python & C++ in his spare time. He later moved to Dublin with his family.
March 01, 2012
iCreate set out to create a technology that is affordable for teachers and parents and enables students to be creative and build learning experiences without having to learn complicated software. The result of this research was SAM Animation. Using a standard webcam, students are easily able to create their own stop motion animations with SAM Animation for presentations or telling a story. I was fortunate enough to catch up with iCreate’s busy founder and owner, Melissa Pickering for an interview.
December 21, 2011
Vu Nguyen | 1 comment
Linus Torvalds is known for his contribution to the development of Linux. The development of Linux is a prime example of the ability for free and open source software to be incredibly successful. 90% of today's supercomputers runs some form of Linux.