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Bloxels (5 Pack)

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Bloxels helps kids achieve their nearly universal desire to create video games (seriously, just ask any kid), rather than just playing them. By using the unique combination of hands-on toys and their love and understanding of classic video games, we've made video game creation accessible and fun for all ages. With Bloxels, you are the artist, the game designer, the storyteller, the programer, the publisher and the player. You are the 13-bit Builder.

Bloxels (5 Pack)

Code Master

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The Ultimate Coding Adventure! In Code Master, your Avatar will travel to an exotic world in search of power Crystals. For all 60 levels, you'll have to use programming logic to help your Avatar collect the Crystals and land at the Portal.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Content Area: 
Computer Science
Business/Technology
Play Time: 
10 min.
Code Master

Makey Makey

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Makey Makey is an invention kit for everyone! Use it to turn everyday objects into keys for your computer. This little device turns common objects into input devices and allows you to interface the real world with your virtual creations. Extremely fun when working with Scratch or Snap coding software.

Each kit consists of:
1 Makey Makey ™
7 Alligator Cables
1 USB Cord
6 Connector Wires
Instructions Sheet
Stickers

Sphero SPRK+ Power Pack

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The SPRK+ Power Pack™ lets you charge, store, and carry SPRK+ robots by the dozen. Built with an integrated cooling system, your robots can charge safely all from one place. Included with the Power Pack are 12 shiny new SPRK+ robots, Turbo Covers, maze tape, and protractors, so the activities can get started anytime, anywhere.
What's In the Box:
Power Pack Charging Case with 7.5 foot power adapter cable
12x Sphero SPRK+
12x Inductive charging base with USB charging cables
12x Clear Turbo covers
12x Maze tape, 360 degree protractors

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littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets kits

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littleBits is an award-winning modular electronics platform that has put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone. Just snap them together—no soldering, programming, or wiring needed.
Please ensure that all components are included when returning kit.

Find Invention Guide here:
http://d2q6sbo7w75ef4.cloudfront.net/littleBits-GGK2-invention-guide.pdf

Bloxels (Single Set)

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Bloxels helps kids achieve their nearly universal desire to create video games (seriously, just ask any kid), rather than just playing them. By using the unique combination of hands-on toys and their love and understanding of classic video games, we've made video game creation accessible and fun for all ages. With Bloxels, you are the artist, the game designer, the storyteller, the programer, the publisher and the player. You are the 13-bit Builder.

Bloxels (Single Set)

Breakout Edu Kit

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The Breakout EDU kit includes everything you need to play over 350 games created for the classroom environment. The kit includes access to the new BreakoutEdu Platform to be used while using the kit.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Middle
High
Professional
Content Area: 
ELA
Math
Social Studies
Science
Fine Arts
Health/Phys. Ed.
LOTE
Computer Science
Special Education
Family/Consumer Science
Business/Technology
ELL
Library
Other
Play Time: 
30 min.
Breakout Edu Kit

Turing Tumble

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Turing Tumble is a revolutionary new game where players (ages 8 to adult) build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. It’s fun, addicting, and while you’re at it, you discover how computers work.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Content Area: 
Computer Science
Play Time: 
20 min.
Turing Tumble

Urban Planner

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A professor and graduate student talk about the use of math and technology in city planning.

Using Math in Production | Video Production: Behind the Scenes with the Pros

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KET animators Sara O'Keefe and Allison NeCamp Day talk about how they approach the production of their animations.

What is a fractal (and why do they matter)? | MIT's Science Out Loud

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Fractals are complex, never-ending patterns created by repeating mathematical equations. Yuliya, a undergrad in Math at MIT, delves into their mysterious properties and how they can be found in technology and nature.

Applied Imagination | Muse Moments

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Meet the Applied Imagination team, visit the workshop, and witness the process of creating intricate garden railway displays. Each building in these tiny towns is historically accurate, architecturally correct, and constructed of plant materials.

Design Squad: Sound

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Learn about the fundamentals of sound as student teams create percussive and stringed instruments for a local band, in this video segment adapted from DESIGN SQUAD—a PBS TV series featuring high school contestants tackling engineering challenges. In the process, the teams learn about the physics of sound and music and then apply this knowledge to the construction of their own instruments. Watch to find out which instruments the band finds worthy of debuting in their next live show.

MN Original | Assemblage Artist Jan Elftmann

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Learn how Jan Elftmann’s penchant for collecting objects shines through in all of her work. She makes art approachable for the every day person in her playful assemblage work and eye-catching art cars.

Elftmann helped found the Minnesota ArtCar Parade after she completed her first art car–a pick up truck covered with 10,000 wine bottle corks. She’s currently working on her third art car.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

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This video segment from Building Big highlights the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of the earliest of its kind. Though it was completed in 1864, when pedestrians, animals, and horse-drawn carriages were its main forms of traffic, its iron chain-link cables and stone piers today carry four million cars and other vehicles a year.

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