TechNews4Kids - Would You Like to Have Robot Arms?

Have you ever sat back and thought, what would it be like if I had an extra pair of hands? Robot arms might be the answer! In London, the Natural History Museum hosted its annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, and the photos are spectacular. AI is a large part of our day, as well as what we expect to be an even bigger part of our future. However, can it be fully trusted? Read on to learn more in our latest Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

Robot Arms Offer a Helpful Hand

(Fast Company)

Photo: sergeyryzhov/iStock

We've all been there: juggling too many things, maybe even carrying in the groceries, where we wished we had an extra pair of hands to help us. In Japan, though the technology is still in its early stages, tech experts are working on creating robotic arms to help in assembly lines. Find out how this technology works, and how it would be to give them a try, here!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

(News 4 Kids)

Source: © Yongqing Bao, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Every year in London, wildlife photographers are celebrated for the amazing footage they capture, and 2019 did not disappoint. This year at the Natural History Museum, photographers showed off their findings, and some of them were 10 years old! Scroll through the stunning photos from this year's winners here.

AI is Great -- But How Much Should We Trust It?

(Science News)

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AI (Artificial Intelligence) is part of our every day lives, and it looks like it will be for the foreseeable future. However, there are some data scientists that are wary of instantly trusting the results AI brings. What does this mean for us, and how can we use AI the smartest way possible? Find out here!

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TechNews4Kids - First All-Female Spacewalk Makes History

An all-female spacewalk took place earlier this October, and it was out of this world! What does this mean for the future of astronauts? Our laptops have changed how we work, and the portable Mac that started it all just turned 30! Speaking of computers, AI just might help us predict earthquakes, but how? Find out in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter!

NASA (Finally) Had an All-Female Spacewalk

(New York Times)

NASA/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history on Friday October 18th when they became the first all-female crew to walk space. Their mission was to replace a a power controller at the International Space Station, and the walk lasted 7 hours and 17 minutes. Find out all about it here, and why this was a large step for mankind.

How the Mac Portable - Now 30 - Changed Everything

(Fast Company)

Photo: Rama/Wikimedia Commons

The Mac Portable was presented 30 years ago as a battery-operated, portable computer that was just as good as your desktop. Though it was a major flop and didn't catch on, it inspired what we all know today as the laptop. Learn more about the fascinating history here!

Can AI Predict When an Earthquake Will Happen?

(Wired)

Not only that, can AI predict an earthquake long before it happens, so we have time to prepare? That's what seismologists are hoping they will be able to do. There have been many trials and errors along the way, but there is hope on the horizon. Learn more about what they are working on here!

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TechNews4Kids - Why Your Kids Should Know About AI & How it Works

In this technological age, kids are growing up with phones and AI programs as the everyday norm. Why is it important that they understand how it all works? When it comes to sustainability, Abu Dhabi has found a way to turn art into sustainable energy. Speaking of eco-friendly ideas, there's a company working to stop us from using one-use cups, but how? Read all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter!

Why Our Kids Should Know How AI Works

(Technology Review)

Everywhere we look there are phones, screens, and even cars that can diagnose themselves. AI is a big part of this, and it's important for our kids to understand how it works. There are many reasons for this, the most important being for their safety. But how would understanding AI do that? Learn more here!

Sustainable Art

(Smithsonian)

Starlit Stratus rendering, by Sunggi Park (LAGI).

It gets hot in Abu Dhabi certain times of year -- 105-degrees-daily hot. Typically, people are forced to stay indoors while shopping, where air conditioning keeps the temperature reasonable. However, there are artists that specialize in energy-saving public art pieces, and they just might hold the answer to making things more sustainable. Find out what projects are underway, and how they work, here!

Can We Make Disposable Coffee Cups Reusable?

(Fast Company)

Photo: CupClub

Not unlike AI, it's become a habitual part of of our daily routine to pick up our coffee in a paper cup, and then throw it away later that day. This has become an environmental issue, but an architecture firm is looking to change that. They have developed Cup Club, where they can make reusing cups as easy as it would be to throw them away. Find out how they plan to do this here!

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TechNews4Kids - Is the Loch Ness Monster Real? We're Finally Getting Answers, But it's Not What You'd Expect!

It's officially October! So why not start off the spooky month with an interesting DNA find related to the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie? While some states are enjoying cooler weather, it's still pretty hot out there, and some inventors are racing to create wearable air conditioners. And when it comes to our dogs, researchers have found that brain function varies by breed, so what does this mean for man's best friend? Read all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

What Does Loch Ness DNA Say About the Monster?

(News For Kids)

Source: University of Otago.

The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most well-known myth in the world. However, recent studies of the lake's DNA are showing us some very interesting -- and unexpected -- results. Hint: eels might be involved! Find out all about it by reading this article here!


The Race to Air-Conditioning That Can be Worn

(Fast Company)

Photo: courtesy Embr

It's been getting pretty hot these days. So hot, that records have been breaking. To combat this increase in heat, big companies like Sony are working to create devices that can cool individuals off. But how? Find out all about it here!


A Dog's Brain & What it Might Teach Us

(The Harvard Gazette)

Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

It's no secret that dogs have their own unique personalities. However, Harvard researchers have been using their brains as a means to understand how breeding affects it, as well as its relationships to our own brain evolution. Learn all about the fascinating findings about man's best friend here!

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Create & Learn Monthly - Screen Time for Our Children Isn't Always Bad. Neither are the games!

Screen time tends to get a bad rep, especially when it comes to our kids. However, it isn't ALL bad! Games seem to have a similar reputation, but can they provide a better way to learn certain things? And we all love Shark Week over the summer, what are female scientists doing to encourage more girls to join them in shark research? Find out in our Create & Learn Monthly newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.


Can Screen Time Be Valuable for our Kids?

(USA Today)

(Photo: Michael Schennum/USA TODAY Network)

With phones, tablets, laptops, and more readily available to all of us, it makes sense that we worry about how it might affect us and our children. Though it's always good to practice moderation, screen time might provide more accessibility for our kids than ever before, which in turn could mean more opportunity. Learn more about how this might be here!


Games Might Be a Great Tool for Learning

(World Economic Forum)

Games, though fun, can often be viewed as a leisure activity more than a teaching tool. However, new research has shown that more games in the classroom for specific subjects can help our children's motivation to learn. Find out how this works, and what benefits games in the classroom hold, here!


The Gills Club is Connecting Girls with Female Scientists

(Nation Swell)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

We celebrated Shark Week earlier this summer, and it's clear that there is still a rather large gender disparity. Luckily, The Gills Club is looking to change that! They are pairing girls with female scientists to hopefully encourage more to enter the science field. Learn more about this club and the great work they're doing here!

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All About that Moon: Should We Go Back?

It’s been 50 years since America landed on the moon, and we wanted to celebrate with a moon-inspired newsletter! There has recently been an interest to head to the moon again, but why? When Apollo 11 landed on the moon, what did the facts and figures look like? And if you hopped onto a bicycle and peddled to the moon, how long would that take? Read all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.


Back to the Moon

(The New York Times)

Photo Credit: JPL/NASA

We landed on the moon 50 years ago, and until recently, the rush to visit again has been on pause. However, more countries are looking to send people to the moon, including the United States. What caused this race to the moon to suddenly become so important? And what do we need to know about it? Find out all about this moon race here!


Celebrating Apollo 11’s 50th: What it Cost to Get to the Moon

(Forbes)

50 years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon, marking an amazing time in American history. However, as unsurprising as it might be, it cost quite a bit to get there. Find out exactly how much it cost for NASA to put a man on the moon, and why it’s important, here!


Fly Me — Er, Bicycle Me to the Moon! How Long Would it Take?

(Wired)

Remember E.T. and the famous moment of the boy riding his bike with his alien friend to the moon? What if someone does do it…? Find out what this Wired journalist calculated, and the interesting things they found along the way, by checking out this article! You might be surprised by what you find.


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Vote Here to Help More Students Learn AI & Data Science!

There are few things that are more important than AI & Data Science for kids to learn today. Yet, most students don’t have a remote opportunity to teach them. Luckily, now you can help us change that by voting for our SXSW EDU 2020 session proposal. Just click on the link and vote!

Hopefully you all know by now that, at Create & Learn, we are very passionate about bringing the next generation of Computer Science education to students, grades K-9. SXSW EDU is a premier education conference. We are proposing a session that that will help more parents and educators understand the importance of learning these subjects and how they can teach it too! Watch the video below and help bring AI & Data Science to more students by voting for our SXSW EDU 2020 session proposal!


The Evolution of Listening to Music

(News For Kids)

Photo by Alan Light [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Sony changed how we listen to music in July of 1979 when they released the “Walkman.” If you don’t remember (or maybe it was before your time), this was this very first introduction to headphones attached to something you could take on a “walk” with you. Obviously, this idea really took off, and is definitely the norm now. But how did this one invention kickstart how we listen to music now? Read all about it here!

The First “Robobee” Takes Flight!

(The Harvard Gazette)

Harvard Microrobotics Lab/Harvard SEAS

Harvard researchers have been working hard to have bee-sized robots take successful untethered flights, and it looks like that’s finally happened. Their “Robobee” took flight earlier this year, and it was even caught on video! But what does this mean for the future of tiny robots? And what could they be used for? Find out all about it, and watch the fascinating video, here!

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Helping Blind Students Read, Write & Do Math, With Lego!

Legos have been a staple in every child’s toy collection, and now they are adding a set with Braille! How is it helping kids learn to read? When it comes to glasses, what does the future look like when they can focus according to where your eyes look? And space travel has taught us a lot about what’s out there, but more importantly it taught us about failure. Read all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

Lego Launches New Braille Bricks to Help Blind Children

(News For Kids)

(Source: Lego.)

Most of us grew creating our own worlds with Legos, or perhaps following the directions to perfectly create what was pictured on the box they came in. Recently, Lego launched a Braille line to help blind students learn to read, write, and do mathematics. Find out all about the simple and fun way Lego is introducing Braille here!

Is Eye-Tracking Technology the Future of Glasses?

(Stanford News)

(Image credit: Robert Konrad)

For some people, one pair of glasses isn’t enough. Luckily, some Stanford researchers have created “auto-focals” that can track our eyes and adjust to what we need. They’re hoping that these glasses might take the place of surgery for people who need it. Find out how this technology works, and the science behind it, here!

What Did Space Travel Teach Us About Failure?

(Fast Company)

(Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation)

50 years ago, we landed on the moon for the first time. There have been countless successes NASA has celebrated, the moon landing one of the largest, but there have been plenty of failures along the way. What did this culture of learning from failure harness in the space-travel world? Find out all about it here!

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Your Favorite Toy, Hot Wheels, Is Driving into the Virtual World

Remember playing with Hot Wheels growing up, building elaborate tracks to see which cars could handle each turn? Kids today are still enjoying them, but the age at which they’re switching from physical toys to tablets is dropping, and Hot Wheels is looking to get virtual to keep up. Also new to technology are MIT’s “roboats” that are able to target and latch onto each other. And up in space, the International Astronomical Union is letting the world vote for the names of stars they find. Read all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

Hot Wheels & the Race to Adapt to Tablet-Culture

(Fast Company)

Photo: Mattel

We all had them growing up: Hot Wheels. It’s actually still the number-one selling toy, but the time with which kids are playing with these toys is decreasing drastically each year, and technology is mostly to blame. However, Hot Wheels is looking to adapt to the times with virtual games, but what will this mean for its future? See what their plans are here!

Are “Roboats” the Future of Water Transportation?

(MIT News)

Courtesy of the MIT researchers

In Amsterdam, where canals flow through the city, MIT researchers are crating “roboats” that can target and latch onto each other. These studies are in efforts to use robot technology as useful, everyday tools. In fact, collecting trash out of the water is one of the abilities of the “roboats”! What’s next for the future of these boats? Find out by checking out this article here!

Find an Exoplanet & Name It

(New York Times)

IAU/L. Calçada

It’s the International Astronomical Union’s 100th birthday, and they are celebrating by letting the world name exoplanets (everything else in the sky that aren’t planets or stars). Now, it’s not just any exoplanets, and you have to find it first, but it doesn’t mean you don’t still get to say ‘finders keepers.’ So far, some really interesting names have been suggested! (Hint: Lord of the Rings.) Read all about how you can join in the search here!

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Are there Aliens? This New Technology Might Help Us Find It

Growing up, who hasn’t been fascinated by the possibility of the existence of aliens. A new bendable telescope mirror might take us one step closer to finding the answer. When it comes to astronauts traveling through space, sleep is as important as their daily activities. How does not having a pillow change that? And back on Earth, glowing plants could possibly be what lights up our homes in the future. Read all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

How a Bendable Mirror Will Help Us Explore Our Solar System

(MIT Technology Review)

BLUE CANYON TECHNOLOGIES

What is out there, in the vastness of space? Is there life outside of Earth? These questions push scientists to continue to innovate technology that might bring us the answer, and a bendable mirror is the latest creation. This mirror will reside in a telescope, CubeSat, that will launch into space. Why this is the technology we need to get some answers to those questions? Find out here!

Pillows in Space?

(Wired)

NASA

With all these travels into space, Mars specifically, it’s important that the astronauts feel at home. While they don’t technically needs pillows — zero-gravity does that for you — the psychological comfort a pillow provides outweighs the practicality (pun intended). And as the journeys are taking longer and longer, it’s even more important! Find out what scientists are doing to add pillows to the lineup, and why it’s so important that they do, here!

Plants That Light Up the Room?

(Smithsonian)

Scientists bioengineer living plants to emit light. (MIT)

Imagine a world where, instead of light switches and lamps, plants light up each room. The vines grow as they’d like and provide a greenish light in every room. This is what some scientists hope is the future of living sustainably and have created a mock-building to show it off. Find out how these plants are able to light up, and watch an interesting video on it, by checking out this article!

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