Blog Posts

  • Web_design_index-_original

    June 14, 2012
    Mary Beth Reid | 2 comments


    Having trouble learing the ropes of code? The Mozilla application, Thimble, is used to help students better understand how to code with ease!

  • Gls8-_original

    June 11, 2012
    Ross Higashi


    Thousands of educators and designers congregate at the Games+Learning+Society Conference each year to discuss research in game studies and education. Computer Science Student network will be there to discuss it's award winning badge system.

  • Prehistoricremixbrand-_original

    June 06, 2012
    Luke Reynolds | 1 comment


    This summer, CS2N is hosting online competitions. From animation to web design to game design, we are offering several outlets for students, educators, and hobbyists to hone their creative abilities and computer science skills. We also provide tutorials/training materials to support the software participants will use.

  • Nxtkids01-_original

    May 29, 2012
    Luke Reynolds


    Nine teams of child roboticists gathered to put their algorithmic programming skills to the test. The youthful scientists ranged in age, from 10 to 14. Their quest: program two robots to communicate to each other in order to complete a relay race.   Read about their accomplishments and download the challenge materials they were presented with and the codes they used!  

  • Dinosaur-_original

    May 22, 2012
    Luke Reynolds | 3 comments


    Alice is a cool programming software where students create stories and games by animating 3D objects in a virtual environment via drag-and-drop coding blocks. Classes will start mid-June and cover topics from downloading and installing to programming your own animation and on through exporting and uploading your files to YouTube!

  • Atlantis4-_original

    May 16, 2012
    Jesse Flot | 1 comment


    European, Asian, and African histories all reference an ancient city named Atlantis. According to legend, Atlantis was the center of trade and commerce for Eurasia thousands of years ago.  For years we’ve thought that Atlantis was a myth, but with the emergence of new robotics technologies we are able to explore fantastic areas of the world that humans have never been to before.

  • May_madness01-_original

    May 07, 2012
    Original Author: Jennifer R. Vertullo; Contributor: Luke Reynolds | 40 comments


    “May Madness” was hosted by Sarah Heinz House and Carnegie Mellon University where twenty-four teams competed in robotics challenges.   The event included a ring toss competition for robots designed by middle school students on a 4-by-8-foot table. High school students competed in a 12-by-12-foot floor space. In addition, teams also designed and implemented animations using Alice.   

  • Karenbrennan-_original

    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.

  • Save_the_world_in_60_seconds-_original

    April 16, 2012
    Luke Reynolds


    The "Save the World in 60 Seconds!" Animation Competition deadline (May 6, 2012) still leaves you plenty of time to enter a project.   Students, hobbyists, and professionals are invited to create and share an animated message about how they would reduce, recycle, and reuse to make the world a better place.   Each winner will receive a free copy of ROBOTC Virtual Worlds.  Animation submissions will be accepted through May 6, 2012. Competition winners will be announced on June 5th.  

  • Jaimie_mantzel-_original

    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.

  • Table_screenshot-_original

    April 10, 2012
    Luke Reynolds


    There have been some updates and modifications to Robot Virtual Worlds - including new tables, new challenges, and new robots!

  • April 05, 2012
    Luke Reynolds


    What is a Tweetup? Come find out what a Tweetup is and join our NXT Tweetup presentation hosted by NASATalk!